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- File size : 519 KB
- Publication date : April 29, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Publisher : Redpoint Press (April 29, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007SUULY0
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,079 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing is okay. It's a little cliche for my liking. There are some phrases and some expressions that are a little cringe-worhty, and the dialogue seems jilted and often cliche. For example,
"With Malcolm?" Dad sat straighter and his voice became sharp. "If he so much as touched a hair on your head-"
"Whoa! Calm Down." I held up my hands. "Malcolm didn't do anything."
Warmth spread through my chest. Dad hadn't shown he cared this much since I lost my luggage on our flight to France.
I get what the author was trying to do and say, but there's this cliche sort of naive narration to Savvy, where to her the world is pretty and kind and nice. Her dad goes off on a tangent about her mother, but Savvy's like, nope gotta know this guy I went on one date with, who you apparently know is okay.
The characters aren't very fleshed out, and I really wanted to like Savvy but for a spy novel, she lacked quite a bit of common sense. I found the plot a little confusing, which was also to do with some of the expressions the author uses to describe the scene and the action.
1 star for it being a spy novel revolving around a female protagonist - kudos for that
1 star for the solid editing, I didn't see any spelling mistakes or typos, so great work there.
1 star for the overall story, I think it would appeal to a younger demographic, as it is a YA book, but I just couldn't get past the author's expressions and writing style.
Overall, I would recommend this to teenagers 14 - 17, who enjoy espionage, and are looking for a female-lead novel with little sexual content, and some violence. There is no sex explicitly, but there is like unresolved sexual tensions throughout the novel.
I think people who are dealing with personal stuff and need to know they're not alone will enjoy this book--mostly because Savvy has a crapload of stuff on her shoulders and yet she keeps on pushing on. And she's not perfect either--she's stubborn and maybe a bit too independent than she needs to be. Maybe she's a bit selfish too. I mean, aren't we all? Really?
But her heart's in the right place. She'd do anything (and she practically does!) to help a friend, to save her mom, to heal her dad.
If you like fast-paced contemporary adventures with a little bit of whimsy thrown in for fun--you will LOVE this book.
The most annoying thing is that the plot takes forever to go nowhere. The reason behind the upheaval in the heroine's life does not unfold in this book - which means I'll never know, as I shan't be buying any more in the series.
Shame there were so many errors in the small amount if French in the book. 'Chocolat au pain' is new to me: I only know good old 'pain au Chocolat'