Friday, 16 May 2014

Review: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman


Title: Blonde Ops
Author: Charlotte Bennardo
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Author: Natalie Zaman
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: 6th May 2014

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
When I saw Blonde Ops on netgalley the synopsis drew me in and I need to know more. I have had this book waiting for a while and I finally got chance to read it. My review doesn't really go into too much detail as I don't want to reveal what happens, or who are the suspects, and who the culprit really is, or even how Rebecca solves it.
We begin Blonde Ops with an interesting look into a chapter yet to come, and it definitly had me guessing how they got into this situation. We then formally meet Rebecca, who is being sent to Italy after being expelled from another school. Her Mum has had enough of her making adjustments to school related things..like hacking into the system to change a grade, and packs her off to stay with an old friend, Parker. What she doesn't tell Rebecca is that whilst in Italy she will be an intern for Edge, a magazine that Parker is editor in chief of. However an accident leaves Rebecca in the care of Candace, and Rebecca is determined to find out what really happened.

Blond Ops was a unique read, with fashion, sleuthing, and computer hacking all combined to make an interesting read. The fashion part is easy for me to give up, but I fell in love with the hacking aspects and how 'resourceful' Rebecca is when it comes to discovering the truth. Some of the techniques she uses I never would have thought possible, and she did lose me on a few technical details of certain investigations, but I did like the result from these.

The beginning of each chapter comes with 'Tips & Tricks for the Edge-y Girl' and I looked forward to reading each new tip before delving right back into the story. Rebecca is a very talented girl, and even though her talents are more often than not used for her own gain, they do all assist in the investigation, and help get herself and her friends out of a sticky situation.

Blonde Ops is the first book I have read by these authors, and I will have to look into the other books they have written. While Blond Ops isn't necessary in my list of amazing-blew-me-away reads, it does rank up there with some of my favourites. The unique mix of subject matter, and a eclectic but great mix of characters makes Blonde Ops an enjoyable read and definitly kept me turning the pages.

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