REVIEW: Live and Let Shop (Spy Goddess #1) by Michael P.Spradlin

Title: Live and Let Shop
Author: Michael P. Spradlin
Series: Spy Goddess #1
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
Date of Release: December 10th 2013
Pages: 271
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

After running into trouble with the law, a teenager with an attitude is sent to a boarding school with a big secret
Even though it wasn’t Rachel’s idea to steal the car, she was happy to go along for the ride. But when her so-called friends bolt as soon as the cops show up, they leave Rachel to take the rap. In court, the judge takes pity on the Beverly Hills bad girl, and offers her a choice: thirty days in juvie, or a year at Blackthorn Academy. Rachel chooses the boarding school. After all, how bad could it be?

Cut into the side of a Pennsylvania mountain, Blackthorn is weirder than Rachel could ever have imagined. The students take Tae Kwon Do instead of gym, there are guardhouses on the edge of campus, and there’s a secret Top Floor that only certain students are allowed to access. Despite Blackthorn’s mysteries, Rachel is starting to fit in. She likes her roommate and her classmates, and even the all-knowing headmaster, Mr. Kim. But when Mr. Kim disappears, Rachel learns a secret about Blackthorn Academy—and herself—that will change her life forever.

This is a quick, fun read that is perfect for those who want a story of light espionage and action. The cover is bright, however I feel it needs something more to help it stand out.

When Rachel is caught during a speed chase in a stolen car, she is happy to take the blame knowing her parents will get her out of the mess she has caused. She is wrong. She has been faced with a decision, attend Blackthorn Academy for one year or attend juvie for thirty days; Rachel chooses Blackthorn Academy thinking she can easily breeze through it, but when faced with Tae Kwon Do training every day, alongside the study of strange and new studies, Rachel begins to consider whether there is more to Blackthorn Academy than it first seems.

Rachel is a character whom is strong and just does something, she doesn't stop to think and so goes in head first. She is an interesting character, her evolvement throughout the course of the novel is interesting to see her transform from a girl who thinks everything is handed to her and she can get out of anything, to actually thinking about what she is doing, helping others and risking her life to solve a mystery. Furthermore I loved her comebacks, I was consistently highlighting them as they were comical and fun. I would have liked to have learned a little more about Rachel's new friends, especially about her new roommate's background.

This story is filled with light action that will keep you reading, however I just felt the story needed to go on further as it felt rather brief. The next book in this series: To Hawaii, with Love.

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