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Friday, May 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

Title: Blonde Ops
Authors: Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Format: Ebook
Publisher: St. Martin's
Publish Date: May 6, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:
  • You're a YA fiction fan.
  • You're looking for a fun read.
  • You're an armchair traveler.
What's the Story?:

From "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 Two Cents:

In "Blonde Ops," amateur hacker Bec isn't exactly excited when she is sent to Rome to hang out for the summer with one of her mother's friends as she wishes she could just spend time with her mother but she'll make the best of it. Little does she know how eventful her summer will be. This was a really fun read that kept me turning the pages. It's a perfect light read and would make for great summer reading!

I really liked Bec as the main character. She is whip smart and definitely not a damsel in distress. I liked that the book was narrated by her.  Some of the book focuses on the mystery that involves the First Lady of the United States. The authors did a good job of giving you just enough to keep you turning the pages. I was really surprised by the ending! This book does include a love triangle, which I didn't exactly like but most of the focus in the book is on the action, which balanced things out for me in the end!

Another high point of this book for me was the ability to do some armchair traveling. Oh, Rome! I absolutely loved visiting Rome in real life and I love visiting it through books! I loved that this book was set in Rome. At first, Bec doesn't really enjoy the city because she wants to be somewhere else but she eventually falls for the city (and who wouldn't). In her chase through the book, Bec goes all over that amazing city and you get to see it through her eyes.

Overall, I thought this was a great YA read!


Thanks to the publisher, I'm happy to be able to giveaway a copy of this great book!

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  1. Great since anything to do with Rome fascinates me greatly. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I enjoy armchair traveling; my last "visit" to Rome was some time ago so I'd love to check out BLONDE OPS, which sounds like a lot of fun!


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