Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Model Spy by Shannon Greenland

I think the last time I read a book like this, it was "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You" by Ally Carter (link to review). But while this book is as fun as the Ally Carter one, it's different in one significant way:

GiGi, our protagonist, is a klutz and a technological genius.

The story starts when GiGi is arresting for hacking into nine of the eighteen levels in a government system. After scaring her a bit, she's offered a choice - she can escape all this by joining The Specialists, a group of gifted teenage spies. There, she meets her new teamates: Bruiser (a sweet girl who's a fighting machine), Beaker (a goth girl who's a chemistry whiz), Parrot (a polymath), Mystic (he knows ESP), and meets a few familiar faces like David (the guy that convinced her to hack into the government system).

After a month, she's suddenly sent of her first mission - to inflitrate a modelling school. And of course she's terrified, she's a klutz!

What I liked about this story was the characters. I didn't see much of any of them except GiGi, David, Jonathon and TL (the guy in charge), but there were many characters who all stood out. GiGi was really likable as well, although I wish she wasn't one of those "I'm-ugly-wait-everyone-says-otherwise" kind of girls. Why can't she either be ugly (and honestly she think she is), or pretty and admit the fact?

The plot was a bit too short for my liking. I felt like most of the book was an introduction to the Specialists, and not enough time was spent with the actual mission. I'd actually like her to enter the modelling school too, because I'd really love to see what it was inside.

This is a first book in a series, and I'm definitely interested in the others. It's a fun, light read.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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