Jessica Cole Model Spy: Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky
Models, spies and lipstick gadgets... When Jessica's father, a former spy,
vanishes mysteriously, Jessica takes matters into her own hands. She's not just
a daddy's girl who's good at striking a pose; she's a trained spook who knows
how to take on MI6 and beat them at their own game.
I have always loved the idea of spies, cool gadgets and secret operations. I was obsessed with a cartoon about 3 female spies, once upon a time, but I cannot think of the name of it! Anyway, I also read the Gallagher Girls series way back and remember loving them! This book was a cross between that series and maybe Geek Girl? It rekindled my old obsession over wanting to be a spy for sure!
In this first book, we follow Jessica, a strong protagonist, who is really easy to connect with and great fun to follow! She is a great mix of skilled spy and stubborn teenager making her relatable, as well as admirable.
*OH!* That programme I mentioned previously was Totally Spies! You guys watched that, right? This book reminded me of that cartoon because there were so many awesome gadgets! The imagination behind them made for a super fun read!
The characters were a lot more complex than I was expecting, for example, Jessica's missing father, an ex-MI6 agent with MS. The villains were also more in-depth than I expected, they were lovely to hate! ;)
The plot of this story is made up of danger, twists you won't expect and then a trip to Paris is also on the table! I really enjoyed the mystery and the combination of models and spies, it was a really fun twist on the usual spy tale. And all those beautiful dresses! <3
Though this is not something I would usually read, I did really enjoy this book. I'd perhaps say it was for younger teens, like the Gallagher Girls series, but I know many adults and older teens (like myself) who have found it enjoyable too. It was a quick, fun read, so if that's what you're looking for then I do recommend!
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Thank you to Faye and Scholastic for my copy of this book!