The Specialists: Model Spy (Book #1)

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The Specialists: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland
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5.0
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Reader reviewed by ReggieWrites

This is the very first book in The Specialists series. Model Spy
is one of my favorites from the series. After I read it, I decided I
was going to get the entire series (but I might be biased cause I have
a soft spot for spy books).

The book is in GiGi's perspective.
At first, she's still unsure about being an agent but she soon finds
friends in her other teammates. When she goes on her first mission, she
is obviously hesitant but she was determined to prove that she could do
it. She learned how to break out of her comfort zone and deal with her
mission.

One thing I did notice was that Shannon Greenland (the
author) certainly did her research. She described GiGi's special skill
in such detail. I learned so much about the computer systems and codes.
I applaud that!

This book is suspense, adventure, romance, and slight comedy combined. I loved it.

Model Spy is one of my favorite spy books for a reason. :-) A.


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Entertaining Spy Adventure
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Reader reviewed by Iryna

Teen genius
Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed
to help her college friend, David, uncover some top-secret information.
After all, she doesnt have many friends and David has always been nice
to her. It doesnt hurt that hes super cute and irresistible, too. All
she has to do is hack into the governments main computer system but a
few hours later, her whole life changes. She is caught and taken in for
questioning, only this isnt your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than
serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change
her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen
agents to go undercover. As if that wasnt overwhelming enough, she
discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even
begins to understand what is going on, shes sent on her first mission
as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David
himself!



I have to say: I love a good spy story. All
of the karate, secret gadgets, dressing up and computer hacking makes a
shiver go down my spine. I love the idea of going on adventures and
kicking some bad guy booty so naturally I picked this book up. It was
not what I expected . . . in both a good and bad way.

What I
first realized about Shannon Greenland (other then her cool name) is
that she gets straight to the point and she doesn't try to conjure any
cliff hangers in this book. That really slowed down the pace of this
story so I was tempted to put it down. I also think that sometimes the
characters in the story didn't act normally. For example: Kelly is
upset that she was tricked into becoming a spy (not a spoiler!) so she
contemplates wether or not to quit. Um, did I hear you correctly? You
don't want to be a spy? Why? Who doesn't want to go on awesome adventures and use exploding dental floss? WHO?

*silence* Ahem. Anyways, on to the brighter side of things.

I
really liked that Shannon gave each of her characters a special trait
that made them stand out. I enjoyed reading about the current flavour
of lollipop Kelly was sucking on and what Bruiser's latest shirt said.

What
really surprised me about this book is that even though Shannon
Greenland didn't really add any twists to the spy area of things, she
took all of the basics - parties, computer hacking, secret passageways
- and made them seem totally original. I think that's one of the
Shannon's best qualities: She turns coal into diamonds.

If you want a fun book with a little light romance then this novel might be right for you. B-.


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