The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
Reviewed By: L.D.
Riley is an orphan who works for a "down and out" magician in Victorian London. The magician has sunk to breaking into people's homes, robbing and killing. He is training Riley to follow in his evil footsteps, but the first time he tries to force Riley to murder someone, that someone turns out to be a modern-day scientist who pulls both Riley and his magician boss through a wormhole back to modern-day London. Chevron Savano is a teenage FBI, in London standing watch over an inactive wormhole as punishment for a disastrous operation in Los Angeles. When Riley tumbles out of the wormhole, closely followed by the magician, he and Chevie must try to get away from his old boss, who wants to kill them both and take a bunch of 21st century knowledge and technology back to Victorian London so he can make his fortune.
Why I Picked it Up: I love time travel books and I like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, so I thought it would be a good story. AND, the audiobook was a free download from SYNC (http://www.audiobooksync.com/about/)
Why I Finished It: The audio was very good. It was suspenseful, lots of twists and turns to the plot, and I had to see how it ended.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes YA time travel books; anyone who likes the Artemis Fowl series; anyone who likes suspense... just about anyone!
**Librarian Side Note** So I know it was already mentioned above, and in a comment from an earlier blog post, but you should definitely check out www.audiobooksync.com! If you are a fan of audiobooks like me, you cant pass up FREE audiobooks for the summer! While you may have missed your chance for The Reluctant Assassin, there are a ton of great books in the line up this summer. Still want to hear The Reluctant Assassin instead of reading it?? We can always InterLibrary Loan something if we don't have it in our collection!