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Maid of Secrets: Pickpocket becomes spy for Queen Elizabeth

maidofsecretsTitle: Maid of Secrets

Author: Jennifer McGowan

Six Word Review: Pickpocket becomes spy for Queen Elizabeth.

Summary: Meg Fellowes is an orphan, who makes her way as member of a touring acting troupe, and is also a talented pickpocket. One day, she picks the wrong pocket and ends up at the last place she imagined, not in the dungeons, but in Windsor Castle. She has been selected to be a part of the Queen’s Maids of Honor, a secret and select group of girls who protect the queen with their unique talents (a psychic seer, a code breaker, a flirtatious beauty and an assassin).

Meg’s abilities as a spy and to remember entire conversations word for word are put to the test when the Spanish Court visits and she begins to fall for a dashing young Spaniard. Not everyone is who they seem, and she isn’t sure who she can trust. Can she keep all her missions straight, protect England, the Queen and herself?

I started reading because: I read a summary of the book online and it sounded intriguing.

I kept reading because: I had to find out what would happen to Meg in the end!

I would give this book 6/10 stars, because I liked concept and it had lots of potential. Sadly, it fell short in my opinion, the writing style was a bit confused, it was caught in-between the language of the time period and the way we speak today. A lot of words and phrases seemed to be added on in an effort to sound old-fashioned. But there were parts that I enjoyed (see below).

I loved Meg’s strong and witty personality and her sense of humor. Also, the plot had lots of twists and turns that kept things interesting, and I appreciated that Meg was not a damsel in distress and didn’t need a man to protect her.

I hated the contrived “love at first sight”, it just felt excessive and too abrupt in the story line. I also hated the cover of my book, it was not how I imagined Meg at all and it looked too artificial and photoshoped.

If the lead character Meg was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: work for the FBI.

Anything else we should know? I felt like the word choice and pacing was aimed at a younger YA audience than I expected, which made me wish it was a little more grown up, but that’s just me.

–Gabriella, Ballard Teen Blogger


Greenwood TAB has your Book Horoscopes! September (Premier) Edition.

book starsMonthly Book Horoscopes: September

Are you at a loss for what to read this month?  Well, you’re in luck!  This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one.  Happy reading!  🙂


Aries  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex ThomasLoners

This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you!  Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers.  The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door.  The first book of a series.

Taurus  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England.  When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power.  Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.


Gemini  Stickman Odyssey: Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher FordStickman

Your curiosity might get the best of you this month.  The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.


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From Pickpocket to the Queen’s spy!

maidofsecretsTitle: Maid of Secrets
Author: Jennifer McGowan
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Who are the characters?
Meg is an accomplished thief who ends up in the court of Queen Elizabeth I as a spy.

Beatrice, Anna, Sophia and Jane are the other four Maids of Honor – the Queen’s secret society of spies and protectors.

3-sentence summary:
It is a time of unrest as Elizabeth takes the English throne. There are people at court who want to see Elizabeth fail and they launch devious plots and disturbances to make sure it happens. Meg must use all of her spying abilities to protect the crown while trusting no one, especially a dashing Spanish courtier.

Should I read this?
If you love spies, strong female characters, and history, this book is for you! Recommended for fans of the Gallagher Girls Series.