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Blonde Ops: A Novel Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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Bec is a high school student who enjoys hacking into other people's computers. She's been kicked out of yet another school, to the dismay of her mother. She finds herself in Italy, the temporary ward of Parker, a magazine editor and friend of her mother's. Bec's parents are too busy with their unnamed careers to spend time with their daughter. Bec is dismayed to be shunted off but excited about being in Italy. In no time, she's put to work as an unpaid intern at the magazine and then disaster strikes. Being nosy, and naturally concerned about her life, she begins sticking her nose in to things that are really none of her business. She's a bit naive but clever and some of the tricks she uses were a little scary while some I'd love to know how to do. Before long, she's completely involved in several related mysteries while working at the magazine, romancing several local boys, and asserting her independence.
I had problems with the overall believability of the premise but despite that I enjoyed the book. It was fun, frothy, sweet, and had just enough action to keep the story moving at a good pace; I pretty much read it in one sitting. I did figure out the identity of one of the villains early while another one kept me guessing. I kept changing my mind about that one character. The motivation I could believe but again, the how was difficult to swallow. The romances were sweet and I didn't even mind the love triangle, something I usually hate.Read more ›
Similarities between sixteen-year-old, Bec Jackson, and her peers are unmistakable in the smart-mouth and attitude areas, but she’s craftier and more determined than most. Of course, having been shipped from boarding school to boarding school—yes, she’s dropping expulsions like a trail of breadcrumbs—would tend to give most teens more attitude and Bec’s picked up some skills along the way. Not that the expulsions weren’t warranted, because hacking is frowned on everywhere, but Bec is still cringing at how her parents will react when St. Xavier’s Academy places her on a plane.
When she finds that she’s being shipped off again, this time to Rome, Bec acts every bit her age. She’s irritated, tired of being transferred about, and her mother only offered a cryptic comment as she shoved her aside for a work-related call that she’d be staying with an old friend from college who’d agreed to babysit.
Bec finds herself interning for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief for a rising fashion magazine. Maybe Rome won’t be so bad…yep, not bad at all, when she gets a look at the boys. When a near-death accident removes Parker from the equation and her replacement is a difficult, former top model, Bec finds herself in a tough position. The First Lady is slated to visit for an exclusive photo shoot and Bec realizes things are not the way they should be. Her curiosity and burning desire to discover what happened to Parker leads her on wild and dangerous ride, firmly positioned between two hot guys. But who can she trust in this foreign city?
An entertaining, one-day read! If you like the young adult genre, you’ll love “Blonde Ops.”
Reviewed by Shannon Raab
Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).
I rated this book WORTHY!
WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Charlotte Bennardo And Natalie Zaman are fellow blog-spotters although I don't know either of them, but do pay them a visit (if you're on my blog, then the links are at the top of the review). I have to confess right up front that I had some real reservations about this one. It really intrigued me, but it was so reminiscent of the Ally Carter spy novels (which I began by liking, and then quickly ended up despising) that it made me seriously hesitate. The fact that it had two strikes against it (it was first person PoV and it was about fashion!), yet still won me over is, I guess, testimony to the joint authoring skills of these two writers.Read more ›
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this book freaking rocked. i read it straight through. im 14 and i think this book is perfect for girls my age and a little above and below. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey M Bladen
A really fast paced read that reminded me of Gallagher Girls. I really enjoyed Bec's witty behavior and her hacking antics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Book Jar Blog
I was completely immersed in this book from the start. It's a great mystery book for teens with just the right amount of romance and humor in it. Read morePublished on August 20, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I've read two books set in Rome lately, and I can tell you that I vastly prefer BLONDE OPS. It's a zippy novel about a hacker sent to live with a family friend in Italy for the... Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Liviania
I usually don't read what I think are young adult books, but this was the exception. Fast paced, fun, this book had everything I want in a good read!Published on May 28, 2014 by lisa a. falkenstern
This book delivered in all aspects: action, mystery, and romance. When Bec, the main character journeys to Rome, each scene set in the city portrays the historical beauty of... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by 1110cg