Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Blonde Ops

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman 
Date Published: May 6th, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mysery
Amazon/Barnes and Noble
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.
Models. Hackers. Plots. And Rome. 

Need I say more?

Blonde Ops is a fluffy adventure ideal for fans of Ally Carter and Robin Benway. The characters are fun and entertaining, the plot is exciting although a tad predictable, and the setting is awesome!

The main character, Bec, is a hacker just kicked out of a boarding school for the umpteenth time. I absolutely loved reading from her POV! She is smart, quirky, and... how can I phrase this?... very meddlesome. Additionally,  Bec was refreshingly enthusiastic about Rome, food, and of course, the cute Italian delivery guy!

Once Bec was shipped of to EDGE, under the custody of EDGE's editor, Parker. However, soon after arriving, things start going awry and Bec must use all her skills to find out a scheme involving the first lady! While I predicted the "bad guys", I still immensely enjoyed the mystery/adventure aspect of Blond Ops!

I've been to Italy before. The place is so amazing. I loved visiting there again while reading Blonde Ops! Also, I enjoyed the setting of Edge. There were a lot of quirky models, photographers, assistants etc. Also, I think I lot of YA books portray people who enjoy fashion in a bad way, so I enjoyed how the authors didn't shame anyone into fashion. I also enjoyed the light-hearted portrayal of the drama of the magazine. I especially like Sophie, Candace, and Kevin. 

Overall, the two authors of Blonde Ops have written a delightful, unputdownable story! I've been wondering if they will write a sequel as the ending wrapped enough up while still leaving the story open for a next installment. A girl can hope!

4/5 Stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

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  1. I'm glad this one was so fun. I think that's exactly what is should be considering what it's about. I love that it's set in Rome - always an awesome and exciting destination to read about! And that's so cool that it doesn't shame the fashion world at all... it seems like in a lot of YA, the fashionable, "popular" people are the mean ones but there's no saying you can't be stylish and a good, fun person! I'm looking forward to reading this one now. Great review, Emily!

    1. A book that is just plain fun is always an awesome find! I agree so much about the how awesome it is that the authors don't shame the fashion world. Also, I can never say no to a book set in Rome :) Thanks a million for sharing your thoughts Jessica!

  2. This looks awesome! I cant wait to get my hands on it!

    1. Blonde Ops was indeed awesome!!! I can't wait to hear your thoughts once you read it :)

  3. Thanks for the review! So where should Bec go for her next adventure?

    1. Your welcome! Thanks for commenting!!! Hmm, it would be fun to see Bec go on an adventure absolutely anywhere! Currently my favorite spots around the world to daydream about are The Caribbean, France, Venice and Tokoyo! Perhaps Bec would have fun in one of those places? :D

  4. I love spies, and action. But fashion is something I have a soft spot for! :D I'll definitely keep my eyes out for this, it sounds like such fun!