Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Pitched as The Devil Wears Prada meets James Bond for teens, featuring a fashion magazine intern in Rome who uncovers a plot to kidnap the First Lady.

Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly. 

Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.

Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? Blonde Ops is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome."

Oh, my goodness. I'm totally in love with Blonde Ops. I mean, the mystery, love, intrigue, and characters were all perfect. I thought this book was absolutely fabulous. I warn you: It's addicting and lovely.

Yes, there's the CIA involved. Along with Interpol and a whole bunch of other people. It's espionage, but Blonde Ops isn't exactly espionage. Yes, Parker is a hacker, but she isn't skilled enough to be a professional. Still, I would label this book as espionage, mystery, thriller, romance, and YA. To me, it's the perfect combination of delight and squeals. I just love espionage because of the mystery. However, I don't like mysteries without espionage. I must have them both. I guess that's the way I am.

What's next? Oh, Parker. Parker reminds me of Parker from Leverage (tv show). Although they are different in many ways, they are in the same world. Still, Parker (tv show) is better than Parker from here.

Bec is the main character. (I had a terrible case of identity recognition). She's wonderful and is a girl at heart. She may think she's smart and good, but she soon realizes she isn't good enough. (Fingers-crossed for a chance CIA train her. Espionage is always fun). She's innocent and naive at times, but she can be as fierce as a lion.

There's a love triangle. First is a guy named Taj who is a fashion blogger from South America or something like that. He posses a British accent and is very hot according to Parker. The other guy is Dante or something like that. I can't remember his name, because the chemistry between Taj and Parker is hotter than Parker and Dante. Anyway, Dante is a delivery boy and works for his family. He's a family man.

I root for Taj! I don't care about what you guys hate about him. He's awesome and has more depth than this Dante guy.

The plot is perfect. I love how it spins around and around. It twists here and there. Then you start forming a list of suspects. I can certainly give you mind, but that's sort of a cheat-cheat, so no. Anyway, someone is trying to kill the First Lady. At least that's what the CIA believes. The plot goes around and around (I'm repeating myself) until it stops in the final betrayal/reveal of the plot. And I can't help but love it.

I'm addicted. I can't help it. I hope there's a sequel to Blonde Ops. When I finished the book, I'm quick to realize that not everything has been completed yet. And I hope the authors won't leave the conclusion to debate. I hate when that happens!

Rating: Five out of Five

1 comment:

  1. *gushes.... Thanks for the review! We're thrilled that you loved the book! (I think you meant "Bec" (the main character- Parker is her guardian). So where would you like to see Bec go next?