Review: “Circle of Fire (Maya Brown Missions #1)” by S.M. Hall

Circle of Fire (Maya Brown Missions #1)Circle of Fire by S.M. Hall

Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Review Copy: Paperback from Library Thing
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Description from Goodreads:
Maya Brown is bored with being cooped up in her grandmother’s house over the summer, and is dying to get involved in her mother’s intelligence operation against a group of would-be terrorists. But when her mum, Pam, is kidnapped by the criminals, Maya is suddenly plunged headlong into a world of intrigue and danger. Can Maya find out what the terrorist cell are plotting in time, and without putting her mother’s life further at risk? And is the mysterious Khaled luring her into a trap, or a secret ally?
An fast-paced thriller by an established author of teenage fiction, with a fiesty and charismatic heroine who will appeal to boys and girls alike. This is a gripping adventure story that also deals sensitively with issues of inter-racial understanding and the social causes behind extremism.
Sylvia Hall has a track record of powerful and exciting fiction for young adults, and Circle of Fire confirms her reputation.

My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received “Circle of Fire” from Library Thing in exchange for a review:

While on a run with her mother, Pam, Maya notices a strange man lurking by a BMW. She thinks it’s odd, but doesn’t say anything knowing that they have guards following them. What Maya doesn’t realize is that that the strange man has people waiting to kidnap her mother further down the trail. From that moment on, the story is full of twists and turns.

I enjoyed “Circle of Fire”, but I don’t know if I’ll rush into reading the next book in the series (“Breaking the Circle”). The characters, aside from the bad guys, were well written. To me, the bad guys, especially Omar, seemed like every other bad guy out there. The whole seeking respect thing, it didn’t work for me. On the plus side, Maya and Khaled, who you’re never really sure is trust worthy until the end, are both interesting, strong characters. I enjoyed watching them work together, between Maya’s stubbornness and Khaled’s deception; it makes for a fun read.

As for the ending: I think while it was wrapped up somewhat nicely, I still had a ton of questions – enough to interest the reader in the next book. There’s even a portion of the first chapter of “Breaking the Circle” included at the end. If you’re looking for a story with a strong female main character that’s quick and interesting, you’ll probably enjoy “Circle of Fire”. I did like it, but I didn’t love it.
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