Review: Spy Girl 1 – The Prince by Jillian Dodd

About the book:

Can one girl save the world?

An eighteen-year-old covert agent is pulled out of training before graduation by Black X, a espionage group so secret even the President of the United States doesn’t know it exists.

For her first mission, she must go undercover as the long-lost daughter of a recently deceased billionaire, infiltrate high society, and protect the Prince of Montrovia from assassination. But Prince Lorenzo is known as the Playboy Prince for a reason and his sensuality and charisma add a whole other level of complication to her mission.

She knows that her every move is being watched, but what she doesn’t know is that the Prince is just a chess piece in a bigger game that will have world-wide ramifications. And that Blackwood Academy, the place she has called home for the past six years has secrets of its own.

Review by Katy Haye:

This was a delightful, entertaining romp and would make an utterly perfect beach read – I could feel the blue sky and the bright Montrovian sun beating down as I read.

The characters were glitzy-glamourous with lifestyles straight out of a James Bond film, and the plot rattled along at a cracking pace.

I was made uncomfortable by the casual approach all the characters took towards sex. I know that’s very James Bond, too, but James Bond isn’t claiming to be YA entertainment. Huntley’s view that sex = exercise and having little problem with bed-hopping and divorcing sex from emotions seemed inappropriate and unhelpful for teenaged readers who are likely to be trying to negotiate their way through intimate relationships (and yes, of course the Spy Girl books are a fantasy, but – that’s how I felt).

In summary, Spy Girl: The Prince is definitely for upper-YA readers, but it’s fast-paced and was a pleasure to read.

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Check out the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Awakened by Magic. Kyann only wants to save her sister, but a greater destiny of myth and magic awaits her in the Empire of Charnrosa.

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