Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen Review

So you know the whole thing about not judging a book by its cover? Well the only reason I bought this book was because I liked the black and gold cover, didn’t have any idea what it was about when I bought it but let’s see if it is any good.

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.

Taken from Goodreads

From the very beginning of reading this book I found it to be a little bit of a struggle, this is mainly because Matt has thrown in German words into the middle of sentences, this caused me to have to get google translate out and try to figure out what was happening. Sometimes he would put the definition next to the word which was a big help but it was annoying having to read the same word twice in a row multiple times in different languages.

Sarah as a character I found to be very interesting, she is a Jewish girl who looks Aryan but because she is Jewish she gets treated very harshly during this time in Germany. However, the way that we get to learn her back story through her mind is actually quite interesting and is a feature I found to be quite good to have. I personally didn’t think she grew as a character throughout the book, even though she went through some horrible things.

The best way I can describe this book for people is basically it is the C.H.E.R.U.B. series during the war tie (otherwise known as The Henderson Boys). There are a few scenes in this book that are very dark and I personally wouldn’t recommend it for someone under the age of 16.

The book is very good, with a good story that keeps you hooked throughout but due to it being very similar to The Henderson Boys and having quite a few dark scenes with one being very comfortable to read through I can’t recommend it to a lot of people.

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