Book Review: Code Red Lipstick (Sarah Sky)


Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 5th 2014
Summary (From Goodreads):

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 was lucky enough to win a set of the Jessica Cole books in a competition, so big thanks to Scholastic and Faye Rogers for my set.I’ve heard great things about these books, but I was a little wary: as an older Young Adult reader, I was worried I’d be a little too old for this series. I’m also not really very interested in fashion and modelling and such so I wasn’t sure it would be my cup of tea.

I am, however, a fan of spies and mysteries and kick ass female characters, so there was definitely something there for me to enjoy.

When I was the age this book is targeted at, I read the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz and really enjoyed the mystery and gadgets and quick wit in the books. These books reminded me a lot of those, only slightly more modern and with a fashion twist. Jessica could give Alex a run for his money – she could be his awesome, distant cousin or something.

The premise of the book required some suspension of disbelief: a fourteen year old schoolgirl/super model/spy does seem a little far-fetched, but once you’ve suspended your disbelief and got your head around that you soon get lost in the action.

The mystery was a good one to ease you into the story and characters, but I found some things a little obvious (but I won’t mention – no spoilers here!). The villain of the story had some really twisted ideas and I found their evil plan really disturbing – it was pretty twisted!

Overall, this is a really fun and easy read that will have you racing through to then end. While the mystery is solved, there’s still plenty left open for the sequel, which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into.

My Verdict:

Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!


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