Friday, 27 June 2014

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
Blonde Ops
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Blonde Ops(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

What I expected from this book – a smart, savvy heroine with a few tricks up her sleeve, and a nose for uncovering the truth, and keeping herself out of trouble.
What I got – a slightly stupid heroine, who had no idea how to cover her tracks, and was more interested in dating two different guys than working out who the evil-doers were.

I have to say that Rebecca ‘Bec’ annoyed me in this book. She cared more about taking shortcuts than doing a job properly, walked head-first into trouble without a care, had no idea how to avoid getting caught, and spent more time worrying about which boy she was dating that day than anything else. Needless to say that she was not what I was expecting, and I wasn’t impressed. The neon pink hair also did not a good spy make – way too unusual.

The storyline in this bored me. As if it wasn’t bad enough having ‘Bec’ as a main character, the storyline just couldn’t keep me interested. I didn’t care what happened to the characters, and I just wanted Bec to start taking things more seriously, and stop acting like everything was just a game.
The love triangle in this was annoying. I didn’t like either guy, and I was so fed up of Bec juggling the both of them.
The ending was a relief, and I was just glad to have made it there. I won’t be reading any more books in this series.
Overall; a stupid heroine, and an annoying storyline,
4.5 out of 10.

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