Book Review: Catwalk Criminal (Sarah Sky)

Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 320
Release Date: June 4th 2015
Summary (From Goodreads):Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Jessica Cole has been recruited to Westwood, MI6’s secret division of supermodel spies. Her first official mission seems simple at first, until it turns into the biggest cyber-attack ever known, threatening the security of the whole country. Then it emerges there is a traitor in the midst at MI6 – and suddenly Jessica herself is being accused. With no one believing her innocence, and the country on the verge of chaos, Jessica has no choice but to take matters of national security into her own hands and catch the culprit – fresh from the catwalk.

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.This is the third book in the Model Spy series. As usual, it plunges straight into the action, this time in the middle of a mission, as Jessica has finally joined Westwood, a secret MI6 division of supermodel spies. It was great to see Jessica on the official team, rather than off on her own one-off kind of mission.

Unfortunately for Jessica this doesn’t last long. My favourite thing about this book was that she didn’t have a lot going for her this time: no Nathan to fall back on, her gadgets mostly confiscated, and limited access to technology. I loved the idea of the cyber attack and being unable to access Oyster cards and money and having to avoid security cameras and such. It really highlighted how much we depend on digital technology, and how stuck we are when that’s suddenly taken away from us.

The mystery was even better this time: I feel like each book is getting more intriguing, which is brilliant. The technology aspect felt very relevant for today’s world, and the way the odds were so stacked against Jessica made it hard to see a way out.

Once again, I wasn’t really a fan of the Jamie parts: he just doesn’t interest me very much, and as such I didn’t feel much sympathy when they hit difficulties. I feel this romance might be better off for the teen audiences, which is obviously great as that’s who the books are aimed at (instead of old/jaded people like me!).

I was, however, a big fan of new guy Zak, and the way he and Jessica interacted with each other was brilliant. You can really see the tension spark there, and I’ll be interested to see him in future books (fingers crossed!). Similarly, I’d love to see Kat make another appearance soon as I did miss her in this book. She’s a great kind of frenemy for Jessica and I’m really interested to see where her character will go.

This is another awesome installment in the Model Spy series. It’s great to see a UKYA spy book with a female lead, and I look forward to joining Jessica on her next mission.

My Verdict:

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

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