That last two books I read had this in common:
- Girl who is really good at doing stuff
- Guy who wouldn't survive without girl (and is saved at least twice) and yet is overly protective of her around other guys. Girls they BARELY EVEN KNEW? AND THEY WERE JUST LIKE"They way he was looking at her made me want to hit something.""Don't look at her. Don't you even look at her."Why.
Luckily, in both cases the girl didn't stand for it and was like, "Erm...no. Stop it, weirdo."
These books were:
#1: Maggie is not a spy. She is the daughter of an ex-secret service agent and has lived in Alaska for the last six years...so she can take care of herself.
Since Maggie is not a spy, there is a little less of the "why is a seventeen year old a spy" question floating around and bothering you while you read. Actually, her not being a spy solves A LOT of the Teenage Spy problems..
#2: And Maggie mainly fights by being very, very clever. So not so much "I am 5'8. I will take out seven enemy operatives with a pencil and I learned all this from watching youtube videos."
Everything she knows makes sense.
#Prettyboy Must Die is my second favorite of not because the writing was bad (it wasn't) or the characters were boring (they weren't) it was because the main character was annoying. WHY JAKE? WHY?
With some teenage-spy books, they don't make sense. They don't sound like spies. Jake AKA Peter does sound like a spy. His communications with his boss etc all make sense and sound accurate. (Not that I'm a spy, but...) He sounds like a spy, just...a bad one. For example, Jake is really, REALLY good at ruining his cover AND the cover of people around him.
WHY JAKE? WHY? I THOUGHT YOU WERE A SPY! IF THIS IS HOW YOU HOLD UP WHEN ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION, IT IS NO WONDER YOU'RE OUT OF A JOB.
Also, he's really bad at following orders. The whole "I know what I'm doing. They don't." And he keeps mucking things up.
Why Jake? WHY?