This is a perfect example of why I have issues with Young Adult books Some authors pare their writing down for young adults, thinking that by watering down the story and adding strange adages such as yowza will make the story hip and relatable to teenagers The opening chapter was perfect the hook was great The rest of the beginning, after she arrives at the camp, was terrible Her team could ve been omitted from the novel, as the only thing they provided was a few comments here and there.Another problem I had the TL guy And their use of acronyms and codenames our main character changes her name several times, and so do the unnecessary side characters We learn their real names, then their codenames which are ridiculously lame and they don t even have an impact on the story Also, TL says over and over in the beginning that they re family when they have barely even met They keep reiterating this family idea, although I can t see the family chemistry going on.Besides the terrible codenames, unimportant side characters, lack of an exciting middle act, and all of the paragraphs of questions throughout the book, the plot is good The mission was interesting and exciting, and the TL and David characters were relatable and likable The main character was a little annoying at first, and her thought processes were the equivalent of a twelve year old minus the technical jargon.I give this book a two stars for the interesting scenario and plot I also give it only two stars because every two pages there s an eye roll worthy line. Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top secret information After all, she doesn t have many friends and David has always been nice to her It doesn t hurt that he s supercute and irresistible, too All she has to do is hack into the government s main computer system But a few hours later, her whole life changes She is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn t your run of the mill arrest Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover As if that wasn t overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she s sent on her first mission as an undercover model And who better to partner with than David himself Umm after reading the Gallagher series this book fell pretty flat Even I could see through the weak writing The characters completely confused me and there was almost no development It was a pathetic copy off the aforementioned series and like an old, cheesy movie This in no way captured the covert, serious and dangerous life of spies, I doubt the writer had any idea of what she was really writing about The spy plot line is a really intriguing genre for me and shows me that there is a lot of unknown and mystery in the government but the spies in these books were translucent and ridiculously annoying and stupid Did I mention that this book was so simple it took me less than three hours to read This book was kind of fun, but predictable at best, and I didn t really like any of the characters for the most part, although the plot was kind of interesting. No, you re not mistaken I give it a 5 5 without a doubt.If you re looking for a hardcore action packed series matched with heavy romance, this book is absolutely not for you But don t get me wrong Model Spy is definitely a must read It is light, funny, and sweet Yes, innocently sweet With all the rated PG books nowadays, this book fits just perfect as a comic relief.It actually reminds me of Charlie s Angels, but now with six undercover gifted minors ready to fight off some bad guys The lead character is Kelly James, the 190 I.Q bearer She lost her parents in a plane crash when she was six Never again did she ride on that flying human transporter For the next 10 years of her life, she transferred from one foster family to another The recent one was in Iowa Though only 16 years old, she s just one year away from college graduation Talk about genius, huh She s a computer freak Yeah, she was able to hack into 9 levels of the US government s computer system for her crush the really cute 18 year old David Little did she know that this was planned by IPNC to get her to join them.She eventually joined IPNC and found a real family A family of The Specialists The characters are really loveable I love T.L so much He s like Charlie, but a little father like I love Bruiser, Mystic, Parrot, Beaker, and Wirenut, too Yeah, they have cool names like that Okay they re just code names, but they re cool right I also love Chapling Aww He s the other computer geek that Kelly works with He s so effortlessly funny and lovable He hasn t walked out from his computer den for hmmm, 15 years I forgot FINALLY, I LOVE DAVID He is so sweet 3After months of training, Kelly was sent to her first mission.Her mission was to save David s dad who was abducted 10 years ago by some dying terrorist There s one problem though She has to go undercover as a model and she s anything but a model Sure she s pretty, but she isn t composed, confident, assertive Kelly is a model s complete opposite.Now that they re in the terrorist s premises, will Kelly keep her model secret identity Or will she lead the group to trouble Read this and you ll find out I seriously hope I read this when I was about 14 16 I would totally recommend this to those teens tweens out there I know you ll have fun I did Enjoy reading God bless you Lessons I Learned1 Value your family You ll never know when you ll stay together as one.Kelly lost her parents when she was six David s dad was abducted when he was eight All the rest of the Specialists have no families to return to I don t know what happened to their families, but I sure don t want to lose mine as such a young age like them So let s all cherish the times we spend with our families Love them Care for them Although they eat our freshly baked cakes and spaghetti 2 Love your neighbors as much as you love yourself and your own family.The Specialists have no families any, but they have each other Love your friends because they make a great family Remember, however, to find true friends Friends that will lead you to the right path Check out this review at Laurice Model Spy I was really excited to read this book REALLY excited I read the blurb and first chapter online, and I was like finally, a good teenage spy book.WRONG The idea was great The main character could have been lovable But the execution of the story was terrible I can t soften the blow here So it s starts of with Kelly getting arrested for hacking the government computer system Then, a strange man comes and offers her a chance to leave her criminal record behind her, and go be a spy for a few years all the way across the country So, of course she automatically says yes, no questions asked But what happened next was the first sure sign that I would not like this book When Kelly meets all the other specialists , almost all of the automatically bonded Then they all got super cheesy code names and suddenly they were all a family.When Kelly finds out that she didn t have to stay and be under the control of these government people , the night that she met them, she had already decided that the group there was worth sacrificing her teenage years for Let alone the fact that two of the guys in these group were people that schemed and lied to her to put her in this situation in the first place.But all this would have been fine well, ALMOST if the writing was anywhere near decent It was all this happened, the this, then this There was barely any insight into what Kelly was thinking other the David is so cute And the whole story seemed really naive Kelly just gave everyone the benefit of the doubt including David, the guy that lied to and manipulated her already.This story had potential It could have been great But it wasn t. I think the last time I read a book like this, it was I d Tell You I Love You, But Then I d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter But while this book is as fun as the Ally Carter one, it s different in one significant way GiGi, our protagonist, is a klutz and a technological genius.The story starts when GiGi is arresting for hacking into nine of the eighteen levels in a government system After scaring her a bit, she s offered a choice she can escape all this by joining The Specialists, a group of gifted teenage spies There, she meets her new teamates Bruiser a sweet girl who s a fighting machine , Beaker a goth girl who s a chemistry whiz , Parrot a polymath , Mystic he knows ESP , and meets a few familiar faces like David the guy that convinced her to hack into the government system.After a month, she s suddenly sent of her first mission to inflitrate a modelling school And of course she s terrified, she s a klutz What I liked about this story was the characters I didn t see much of any of them except GiGi, David, Jonathon and TL the guy in charge , but there were many characters who all stood out GiGi was really likable as well, although I wish she wasn t one of those I m ugly wait everyone says otherwise kind of girls Why can t she either be ugly and honestly she think she is , or pretty and admit the fact The plot was a bit too short for my liking I felt like most of the book was an introduction to the Specialists, and not enough time was spent with the actual mission I d actually like her to enter the modelling school too, because I d really love to see what it was inside.This is a first book in a series, and I m definitely interested in the others It s a fun, light read.Disclaimer I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.First published at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile See of my reviews at Me You and My Shelf Model Spy just fell flat for me on so many levels I did not enjoy reading it, and found the story quite cheesy and unbelievable Model Spy is about a teen genius yeah, right who hacks into a government database The government finds out, and she gets recruited by an angency called the specialists She soon has to go undercover in Ushbania as a model to try and locate her friend s father.Bleh.So, Kelly hacked through 9 out of the 18 levels in the government database, which is as far as anyone s ever gotten She mentions that the passwords were very cleverly coded in the numbers of Pascal s triangle.Firstly, the pattern of Pascal s triangle is incredibly simple I could recite all the lines to you right now, even though I suck at maths and only passed my exam by 4 marks I seriously doubt that the GOVERNMENT would encode their passwords with such simple pattern, and that she was the first one to figure it out I bet heaps of people try to hack into the US government I find it hard to believe that Kelly was the best at it.Many points of the story were also incredibly lame The specialists are quite lame and unbelievable They were such a small group, and almost everyone there seemed untrained and unremarkable I find it hard to believe that they re all very special as the book suggests The characters were also given very lame codenames, like Beaker and Bruiser for a chemist and a fighter.One of the most annoying parts of the story was Kelly If I hear one YA characters whine on about how klutzy they are, I will kill them.She had an irritating crush on David for most of the book, often talking about how hot he was, but never acting on it Considering that both Kelly and David were crappy, flat characters, I had no interest in the romance between them There were often facefalm inducing parts such as this The air conditioning kicked on, sendiing his cologne shooting up my nostrils They flared in immediate response My heart kicked into light speed, and my head whirred on a dizzying wave.SERIOUSLY It s just cologne My biggest problem with Kelly was that she was a teen genius, but she really didn t seem like it A 191 IQ is incredibly high Very rare, and anyone who would have such a high IQ would have to be very organised and have very complicated thought processes like Sheldon Cooper, but less annoying Kelly was stupid She wasn t smart at all She always mixed up her words, like this Sorry, I was proton spread analyzing the I shook my head I mean, I was analyzing the spread of a proton Yep You re a genius.It s hard to write such a smart character, because most of us are only of average intelligence, give or take It is hard to adopt the thought processes of someone who is very smart The author really needed to show us why Kelly was smart, instead of just telling us Sure, she d drop a fancy word or two sometimes, but I hear people in year 12 maths speaking like that two Just cause you know what the nth term of a geometric sequence is doesn t mean you re a genius.The rest of the characters were also crappy, empty shells I would ve thought that the head of a secret organisation would be incredibly smart and skilled at everything The head of the Specialists, TL I have no idea what it stands for is very unremarkable Just bleh.So, they all go on a secret mission You would think that the mission would be intense, exciting, and interesting, but it really wasn t The mission bored me just as much as the rest of the book I didn t really care about it, and it wasn t complicated enough view spoiler They go into the house, find the statue, and leave while being chased by random guards hide spoiler I am seriously hooked on these teen spy books right now I really liked this book I was a bit unhappy that books 3 and 4 are on Kindle but book 2 is only paperback or audio The paperback was not available locally so I had to stop reading the series and order it through Hopefully the publisher will work on that I do not agree with the people who gave the book a 1 on because book 2 is not available on Kindle It has nothing to do with the book s content or author s ability to write a good, entertaining story and the rating system should not be used as a club to force the publisher to make it an e book It actually makes it look like people did not like the book and therefore it is not a good investment for making it an e book so the exact opposite is likely to happen Since I was formerly someone who did forecasting and budgeting for a major corporation I speak from internal knowledge on how decisions are made on where to make investments There is a button at the top of the page that allows us to request the publisher make it a Kindle e book Okay, off the soapbox and on to the review.This book was fun I found myself going into my library and looking around to see if I had anything like it to hold me until book 2 arrives I had a few YA books, but, they mostly were urban fantasy YA which I also love In this book a super smart programmer and inventor who finds herself in a bit of trouble after trying to help someone in her dorm using her programming skills She winds up in a special training program for teen spies I know this is not a new concept but it is new for me I am on a roll with them and enjoying them I really like GiGi and in her case she was never a bad person or someone who got into trouble She lived a pretty solitary life so the change was still big for her I really like the entire crew, especially the techies who I really relate to I thought the GiGi s speech quirk was great too.GiGi has her first assignment and it was great to see her work with the team and get into her role as a model, the very last role you would have expected her to play She is a bit of a klutz and despite being very attractive, she is unaware that she is attractive A lot of this is related to her childhood and rings true for children that have gone through what she has gone through The other teens that are part of the program like Bruiser and Mystic all make a great part of the story and I look forward to learning about each of them I found the author on Facebook and mentioned that I would love to see of her writing in that series.I am really looking forward to book 2 getting here.Review can also be seen at Model Spy by Shannon Greenland is one of those books that is a quick fun filled read I have not read a lot of spy books but this one is a great beginning to the series that I will continue to read It is action packed and full of surprises that the moment you begin to read it you are hooked and need to keep reading it.Kelly James is a teen genius who is at college While at college her RA David asks her to hack into the governments computer system so he can get some information Kelly agrees and she hacks into this top secret government site and David gets the information he needs What Kelly never thought was that she would get caught She does not have friends and keeps quiet so when David who is nice asks her to hack the computer system she agrees Now caught and in big trouble she is brought to place where she is given an option to go to a severe Juvenile detention center or work for the government Well what is a girl to do work for the government of course Then she finds out that David in fact works for the government and is an agent With this new found information Kelly is kinda shocked because she never ever would have suspected David worked for the government As Kelly s first assignment she must go under cover as a model and oh my her partner is none other than David She is nervous at first but then the two of them work together really well As their assignment heats up Kelly and David will have to race the clock to discover what they need to.What will happen to Kelly Will she uncover the info she needs What will happen between her and David This is a cute must read series