Orphan Monster Spy, by Matt Killeen

download (1)A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah–blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish–finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined.

This book was very well written. It was also very dark and creepy but that is that to be expected from a World War II novel. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. They were both creepy and their backstories were really sad. I think that this was very good for a debut author. 

The characters were very intense. They were morally grey, some of them were depressed, and all of them had secrets. It was enthralling and you wanted to know everything about everybody but that didn’t happen right away and I think that some information will still come out in the next book. The girls in the school were basically the mean girls of that generation. It reminded me of today, in a way. I think that the characters were very well written because of the time period that this was set in and the fact that it takes courage to do what these girls did (even if it wasn’t the right thing to do). 

My favorite character was Elsa, that’s right, there was a character named Elsa (I think about the movie every time I read about her). She was so strong, even when she didn’t have to be. I think that she needs friends, and Sarah filled that role for a while. I hope that we read more about her in the next book. 

The plot was amazing!! In the beginning it started off slow but then everything started happening and it was Christmas break already in the book. I loved it and got so engrossed in the story that getting up and doing things was a great burden. There were lots of plot twists and I was kept constantly on my toes. It was like I was gone and had joined that world. I loved that. But I think that some things were added in there for shock value so that was annoying. It wasn’t big things, except for one time, but it annoyed me because it wasn’t needed. Otherwise, the plot was really good and kept me engrossed.

The setting was also done really well. I could envision the school, the apartment where it all started, and the Schfar’s mansion. I could see myself adventuring with the characters and saving the world. It would be awesome and depressing at the same time. Well, I think that I’ve rambled on long enough so let’s just move on.

I think that I have rambled on long enough and I should probably end here so let’s just do this. I really enjoyed this book except for a few issues. I highly recommend it to older teens and adults. This book fills the Has a Unique Title for my 2018 Book Bingo. Please remember to fill out my survey!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons 

Book Rating: th (15)

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