Monday, March 14, 2011

The Agency 1: A spy in the house By Y.S Lee

Sorry for the small tiny pic...It is the only one  could find :-/
Author: Y.S Lee
Pages: 355
Age level: 13 +
   Publisher: Candlewick
                                                             Publisher's Description:

"Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners -- and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust -- or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets -- including those of her own past."

My Thoughts: 

I liked it.  I wouldn't recommend this book to boys OR to girls under thirteen for some content in here.  But, I think it is a fine enough book for 'big girls'.


It is VERY enthralling.  It takes matter of fact things in life and treats them, as matter of fact things.  Mary is a no-nonsense type gal.  Over all. This is a good book, though, there will be some 'eh' things in it.


NOW for the 'eh' things!
Mary was a thief, but that was a common thing in London during this era.
Mr. Thorold is said to have had a 'affair' with a maid woman, it is pretty much all throughout the book, but isn't majorly focused on.  Because, again, this was (and still is) a common thing in life.
Mary's mother had to be a prostitute to support her daughter, but it isn't highly discussed, only mentioned briefly.
Mary has to change dresses in the coach....but makes James close his eyes.


James and George say "Oh Go-" in some places, but that is the extent of it. 


Mr. Thorold has a affair with a Maid.  James and Mary briefly fall in and out of Love.  If you want to call it that.


Mary punches James and bloodies his nose, Mary breaks into a warehouse. 

Drugs and Drink:

None. To my knowledge, so if there IS, It is slight and not important.

Overall, I rate this book 4 STARS for a wonderful plot, well formed characters, and overall greatness. 

You ask: "WHERE CAN I BUY IT AT!?!?!"  (okay, maybe not THAT strongly...)

Candlewick publishing gave me this book for reviewing purposes. I am NOT being paid to do this.  
And you can buy it HERE at the candlewick official site.

I'm beginning to notice a trend.  I seem to find books interesting that are in a sequel.  I wonder why?

1 Reader views:

Shaynie said...

Awesome! I looks really interesting, Ashley!

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