Buckle your seat belt, hold on to the bar, and get set for an exciting ride - this one is intense! And addictive, too. I found myself completely drawn in on multiple levels, and sitting on the edge of my seat to find out the fates not just of the people in this vividly rendered alternate modern world, but the world itself. Is former barrista-girl Allie a destroyer or a savior? And when it comes to that, of who - or what? JC Andrijeski tackles big concepts in an engaging manner in this story of a young woman who just wants to do the right thing (and not accidentally end the world) in the face of some extraordinary challenges: one of them being a truly terrifying adversary who would make Hannibal Lecter want to hide under the bed, and another being a compelling but potentially destructive romantic connection with a seer who may or may not be trying to help her.
Rook, the first installment of the Allie's War saga, has much to offer. Fans will undoubtedly look forward to more. ~Tamela Viglione
Jack Dervish: you won't soon forget him!
If your virtual shelf of smart young reader favorites includes any of today's top junior spy novels alongside the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket series or anything by Roald Dahl, make room: you'll be putting Jack Dervish, Super Spy right there with them.
Kids and adults alike will empathize with super-smart yet socially awkward Jack Dervish's earnest desire to fit in – which can be pretty complicated when you've been living on your own since you were four and trying to keep the world safe from nasty, vindictive evildoers, some of whom might incidentally happen to be your best friend's father and missing parents' nemesis, as well.
This book is a well-mixed blend of light and dark whimsy in a contemporary UK setting complete with teenage hackers and laptops in the schools. The pages turn themselves thanks to characters you root for, interlocking mysteries, and plenty of way-cool gadgetry and edgy spy-kid action.
Check it out. But be warned: once you're done, you'll likely want more.