Monday, 2 April 2012
YA Historical Fiction 3: Review: The Agency #1
Book: The Agency- A Spy in the House
Author: Y.S Lee
Publication Date: April 2009
Summary (Good Reads):
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.
I really really liked this book! I loved James and Mary's relationship. I thought Mary was a really realistic kick ass character and she didn't get on my nerves. I loved all the dashing about in Victorian London, the historical facts seemed to fit in with the period of time. I think the book got steadily better as it progressed. It was gripping at the start but when the action began, that was when I really began to devour the book ^.^ I liked the ending of the book, even though it made me sad, it was realistic and suited the characters personality. I'm glad it wasn't a fairy tale happy ending. I would recommend this book to people who like The Sally Lockhart books and the Cat Royal books. I'm definitely going to reserve the second book in the trilogy and I hope I get to see more of James and Mary's relationship. I x]
Food Rating: 6/8
Page Rating: 4/5