I received Along Came a Spyder by Apeksha Rao as a review copy from the author and B00kR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.
Samira Joshi wants to be a spy!
Samira is smart, sassy and … seventeen.
Her only dream in life is to be a spy. Leading missions, running agents, evading exploding napalm – Samira wants to do it all.
And, why not? After all, spying runs in her genes.
One day, she accidentally discovers a secret sisterhood of teen spies – The Spyders, and Samira wants in!
The question is, do they want her?
To find out, read this fast-paced and thrilling spy adventure by debutante author, Apeksha Rao.
Seventeen year old Samira Joshi lives in Mumbai with her grandmother and her parents live with them off and on because of their job. Samira comes fom a hearty, sneaky, nosy stock and has only one ambition in life, to be an elite intelligence agents/ spy like her parents. Though her parents have read bedtime stories of the girl who worked for the French Resistance, made her solve anagrams and numeric codes and trained her in spycraft, but now they want her to become a doctor and not follow her dreams.
One day, she follows a classmate to protect her and lands up into the secret sisterhood – The Spyders. Will she be accepted there?
A thrilling book with many adventures. The story is written in first person from the point of view of Samira. I read the first book, Itsy Bitsy Spyder by Apeksha Rao, before I started this one and I can say that this book can definitely be read as a standalone.
The story is fast paced and a page turner. The language is simple and funny at times. The story moves back and forth between the past and the present. I loved the twists and turns and how the adventures come in one after the other. The book also talks about the unpredictable lives of spies and their difficult training.
The author has created realistic characters. Even the secondary characters were important and have been developed well, though I wanted to know a bit more about them. They are tailing, eavesdropping and making gadgets, all in their day’s work. The back stories have been written in such a way that I could understand her relationship with her parents. I loved Samira and her grandmother’s closeness and also her difference of opinion with her mother.
The immense research that has gone into the book is clearly visible. I could feel the scenes move right in front of me. And the way it ended made me realise that there is more to come and I am really waiting for the books in the series now.
The book is a must read for adults and young adults alike.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free review copy of the book from the author and B00kR3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.