Monday, 14 January 2013

Review: The Specialists: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland


 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Marissa DeCuir
347.574.3136
 

AWARD-WINNING YA SPY SERIES COMES TO E-READERS


Penguin Publishing brings back Shannon Greenland’s The Specialists, featuring girl tech genius GiGi, after successful paperback release



NEW YORK, NY – October 2012 Shannon Greenland’s award-winning teen spy series The Specialists is brought back to the spotlight after six years in paperback. The 5-book series releases on Kindle, Nook and all e-readers this winter from Penguin Publishing.

Inspired from the hit television show Alias, Greenland’s book series begins with Model Spy (originally debuted in 2007) when 16-year-old Kelly James is caught uncovering top-secret information for her irresistibly cute and nice friend David. Rather than serve a jail sentence, she accepts the option to change her identity and enlist in a government spy agency that trains teen agents. Instantly, Kelly Spree, a.k.a. girl genius GiGi, is born and sent on her first mission as an undercover model with a partner she’s surprised to find as an agent himself.


The Specialists e-book release comes on the heels of Penguin’s publication of Greenland’s stand-alone novel The Summer My Life Began, which was chosen as a Hot YA Read by the She Knows Book Lounge, and devoured by librarians who called it “terrific” (School Library Journal) and “a breeze to get through; light and entertaining” (Texas librarian Jen Bigheart).

Greenland’s impressive nine-book career – she also previously released three romantic suspense novels – has earned her awards from National Booksellers, Romantic Times, National Readers Choice, American Library Association, Daphne du Maurier and many more prestigious literary organizations.

Brilliant,” Kidz World; “Greenland makes you ride along, and I love it!” Echelon Press; “Hours of good reading,” Scribes World; “The imagery used to twine the characters lives is amazing,” Writers Unlimited; “Sure to surprise,” The Readers Studio; “Witty and very adventurous. Readers will not be disappointed,” Teens Read – are just a snippet of the high-praised comments Greenland has received for her writing.

Readers can grab a copy of any of Greenland’s novels wherever books are sold or downloaded. The Specialists Series is also available in audio book format.


About the author: Shannnon Greenland grew up in a small Tennessee town as a kid who dreaded reading and writing. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author of nine young adult novels. When not writing, Greenland’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing . . . she’s done it all. The world traveler divides her time between Florida and Virginia where she tutors math students and gives author talks at area schools. She’s currently at work on a new suspense trilogy set in Washington D.C.






REVIEW
 
 
This was truly a fun and exciting read from start to finish.

 
Gigi is such an amazing character and she's unlike any I have encountered in previous reads. Yes, she's geeky and sometimes clumsy, but she's also gorgeous to the point where she could be a Victoria Secret's model. She seems to have it all, without being conceited. I kind of had a hard time believing she wasn't higher on the social food chain though, but I guess that only added to her character. She's a beauty that goes unnoticed because of her geeky ways.
 
 
Another character I really warmed to, although a secondary character, is Chapling. I love his oddball goofiness. No wonder Gigi connected with him so easily, aside for their shared love of technology.
 
 
TL and David are still a bit of a mystery to me. There is obviously more to TL than meets the eye, and I cannot wait to learn more about him.
 
 
As for David, I feel like I don’t have him completely figured out. He plays hot and cold with Gigi and I can’t help wondering why, because the chemistry between them is explosive. Does it have something to do with their work at IPNC or is there more to the story?
 
 
Apart from the romance that ‘is, but isn’t’…this story is action-packed and thrilling.


 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Shannon Greenland dreaded reading and writing as a kid. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author. Her 5-book series for young adults, The Specialists, as well as her other novels, received such honors as National Booksellers Best, Daphne du Maurier and Romantic Times recognition, National Readers Choice, CAPA nominee, Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion and the Popular Paperback award from the American Library Association.
Penguin Publishing launched Greenland’s latest novel The Summer My Life Began in May 2012, and brings her entire spy series to e-form this winter.
 
When not writing, Shannon’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, spelunking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing . . . she’s done it all.

Originally from Tennessee, the world traveler divides her time between Florida and Virginia where she mentors, tutors, and teaches math and gives authors talks at area schools.
 

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HAPPY READING!!



 

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