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Model Spy

(The Specialists #1)

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Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system.

But a few hour
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Published September 5th 2017 by SEG Publishing (first published May 10th 2007)
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nicklein
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that made me smile the whole way through. It was a perfect read right after engaging with the not-so-light books like Falling Kingdoms and Anna Dressed in Blood.

Reading this cute and fluffy first book in the series was such a treat. It was a great set up for the next books to come. It was fun getting to meet all the characters and learn about this learning facility focused on training new specialists/spies/secret agents. Reminds me so much of my beloved Gallagher Girl
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Amy Suto
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect example of why I have issues with Young Adult books. Some authors pare their writing down for young adults, thinking that by watering down the story and adding strange adages such as "yowza!" will make the story 'hip' and 'relatable' to teenagers.

The opening chapter was perfect- the hook was great. The rest of the beginning, after she arrives at the camp, was terrible. Her team could've been omitted from the novel, as the only thing they provided was a few comments here and th
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Anna
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-awful-its-sad
Umm.. after reading the Gallagher series this book fell pretty flat. Even I could see through the weak writing. The characters completely confused me and there was almost no development. It was a pathetic copy off the aforementioned series and like an old, cheesy movie. This in no way captured the covert, serious and dangerous life of spies, I doubt the writer had any idea of what she was really writing about. The "spy" plot-line is a really intriguing genre for me and shows me that there is a l ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book was kind of fun, but predictable at best, and I didn't really like any of the characters for the most part, although the plot was kind of interesting.
Laurice
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, you're not mistaken. I give it a 5/5 without a doubt.

If you're looking for a hardcore action-packed series matched with heavy romance, this book is absolutely not for you. But don't get me wrong. Model Spy is definitely a must-read! It is light, funny, and sweet. Yes, innocently sweet. With all the rated-PG books nowadays, this book fits just perfect as a comic relief.

It actually reminds me of Charlie's Angels, but now with six undercover gifted minors ready to fight off some bad guys. The l
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Beth
May 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book. REALLY excited. I read the blurb and first chapter online, and I was like finally, a good teenage spy book.

WRONG!

The idea was great! The main character could have been lovable. But the execution of the story was terrible! I can't soften the blow here. So it's starts of with Kelly getting arrested for hacking the government computer system. Then, a strange man comes and offers her a chance to leave her criminal record behind her, and go be a spy for a few y
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Donna
See more of my reviews at Me You and My Shelf

Model Spy just fell flat for me on so many levels. I did not enjoy reading it, and found the story quite cheesy and unbelievable.

Model Spy is about a teen genius (yeah, right) who hacks into a government database. The government finds out, and she gets recruited by an angency called the specialists. She soon has to go undercover in Ushbania as a model to try and locate her friend's father.

Bleh.

So, Kelly hacked through 9 out of the 18 levels in the g
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LadyTechie
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am seriously hooked on these teen spy books right now. I really liked this book. I was a bit unhappy that books 3 and 4 are on Kindle but book 2 is only paperback or audio. The paperback was not available locally so I had to stop reading the series and order it through Amazon. Hopefully the publisher will work on that. I do not agree with the people who gave the book a 1 on Amazon because book 2 is not available on Kindle. It has nothing to do with the book's content or author's ability to wri ...more
Eustacia Tan
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I think the last time I read a book like this, it was "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You" by Ally Carter. But while this book is as fun as the Ally Carter one, it's different in one significant way:

GiGi, our protagonist, is a klutz and a technological genius.

The story starts when GiGi is arresting for hacking into nine of the eighteen levels in a government system. After scaring her a bit, she's offered a choice - she can escape all this by joining The Specialists, a group o
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Model Spy by Shannon Greenland is one of those books that is a quick fun filled read. I have not read a lot of spy books but this one is a great beginning to the series that I will continue to read. It is action packed and full of surprises that the moment you begin to read it you are hooked and need to keep reading it.

Kelly James is a teen genius who is at college. While at college her RA David asks her to hack into the governments computer system so he can get some information. Kelly agrees an
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Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Kelly James’ life changes the minute she agrees to help David, her RA, uncover top secret information on his father. She’s a genius (literally) and a whiz with computers, she knows she can get to the info if she is willing to dig deep enough. Unfortunately, the information is super top secret and few hours after hacking the government, she is arrested….and offered a job? She gets taken away to a farm for the super-smarts and offe
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Sara
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
3.5 stars. I don't know why there are suddenly so many books out there featuring teenage spies, but whatever. This one, the first in the series The Specialists, features Kelly, who at sixteen is about the graduate from college. She's an orphan with a 190+ IQ and very skilled at hacking, recruited into a secret organization that takes teen orphans with special skills and turns them into agents. In this book, she's recruited into the organization, discovers that the guy she thought was her college ...more
Miriam
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beach readers with short attention spans
Shelves: ya
The cover is candy pink and has some legs on it. I suspect this, and the title, were the design of some marketing bimbo who assumed that pink sexy things are more appealing to readers than intelligent female protagonists who are computer nerds cum secret agents. I'd be more offended if the book weren't so fluffy and silly. I know this is supposed to be the start of a series, so I'll give benefit of the doubt to the author and assume she is setting the stage here for better-developed adventures t ...more
Tasha
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The moment Kelly James agrees to hack into the government's files she knows she will regret it . At least she knows it will be easy for a computer genius like herself. Just mere hours after hacking into the system she is arrested. She is a lucky girl though because the agents offer her an alternative, the opportunity to go to a top secret government spy school and change her identity. She agrees, because who wouldn't want to not have to go to jail?? She quickly adjusts to the spy environment, ev ...more
Joanne
Genius computer girl who just happens to look like a Victoria's Secret model, but has never been liked or understood, gets recruited by some shadowy governmental agency to break into a Russian bad guy's compound, and there's a cute spy boy, blah blah blah.

Makes me grateful for the Ally Carter books instead. Somehow they manage to carry off farfetched espionage plots requiring teenage spies with a joyous spirit that makes me laugh along. This one just plods.
Louisa
Suitably nerdishly cute! I just wish it hadn't ended so abruptly. And realistically speaking, how many genius scatterbrained computer nerds manage to look like Victoria's Secret underwear models without even trying? I wish I could.

Also, do David and Kelly/GiGi ever get together?!?! *hopeless romantic fit*
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
It's a fun read and it makes computer geeks like myself feel cool! :D
I loved this motley crew of misfits and geniuses! I would love to get my hands on the next one but I haven't had much luck so far.
Great book if you're looking for a good gift.
Chrissy
You're under arrest for threatening homeland security and suspected terrorism

THE REASON
I was given an e-galley copy of MODEL SPY for the purposes of providing a complete and honest review. I was intrigued by the gorgeous, vivid pink cover, and I honestly had not even read a description of the plot when I decided to read this book.

THE PLOT
Kelly is a stunningly gorgeous teenage girl who just happens to be a complete and utter genius when it comes to computers. She can code everything and hack an
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Lea
This was one of the most horrible books I've ever read. If I hadn't read it on my kindle, I probably would have started a fire with it. And that says something, considering I a) don't have a fireplace and b) it's probably a 100°F in here. ANYTHING to get rid of it.

But, with a lot of self-motivation, I managed to get through this... thing. I'm sorry, I can't call it a book.

It's been a while since I've finished it but such a horror simply cannot be forgotten.

It all starts with the cover. Ugh. I se
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Rachael
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly James is a computer genius; that’s why she’s about to graduate college at the young age of sixteen. So when her (incredibly hot) friend David asks her to uncover some top secret information belonging to the government, she agrees and manages to hack her way through half the levels of the government’s main computer system – only to get caught. But instead of being sent to jail, Kelly is offered a chance to join a special-operations division of the US government called the Specialists. Even ...more
Angela
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book! I was immediately sucked into it and enjoyed the whole experience of reading the book; the characters, the plot, the action/adventure, and the mystery of it all. It was one of those reads where the action started pretty much on page one and didn't end for the entire read, which is what makes it such a great book in my opinion. I hate it when you start out with action and then fizzle out, but this was not the case in this book. When I had
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Books
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
One chapter into this book and I was so hooked, I couldn’t put it down until I’ve devoured it all in one afternoon! This book was everything I was hoping it would be, and so much more. “Model Spy” is one of those rare gems you read while smiling all the time. It’s fun, filled with adventure and excitement, and the non-stop butt-kicking action and suspense had my adrenaline pumping. I can only best describe it as X-Men (with brainpowers instead of super powers) meets Miss Congeniality.

I really l
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Victoria
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been in a huge reading slump since almost the end of July! This book was light, funny, and really simple. Now, I can see why that can be a two edged sword because I can just picture myself not loving this as much as I did out-of-reading-slump. Don't get me wrong, I still would've liked it but probably just not as much as five stars worth.

A couple points I liked:

-Gigi was down to earth and quite genuine. I really liked her as a character, she was kind of refreshing and I liked her story. I
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Jessica
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited to be participating in this tour today. As some of you following my blog may know, I'm involved in a LOT of "official" reading right now. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, but...it does mean that I don't often get to pick up just fun books anymore.


Having the chance to read this book for the tour was GREAT. This was the "fun" book I've been dying to read lately. This book had adventure, romance, and a smart chick who also just happens to be somewhat klutzy...right up my alley, LOL!


I lo
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Katie
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: Kelly James has been caught. For what? Hacking in to the government's top secret database. And now she is being shipped off to some ranch in California. Except this is no ordinary ranch, this is The Specialists Headquarters. The Specialists are a group of super talented kids that have broken the law, just like Kelly. Once you join the Specialists there is no getting out and Kelly can't decided what she wants to do. Save the day or go back to being a normal foster care kid?

Model Spy was a
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
3.5

I liked this one; I think it was a fun start to a new series. GiGi was a likable heroine, although at times a tad unbelievable. I mean, she’s supposed to be this shy computer genius and at the same time pass as a super hot confident model. I guess I just didn’t get a good feel for who exactly she is, shy girl or confident hottie. Maybe she’s both. The love interest was okay, I wouldn’t have minded a bit more, but I’m guessing since it’s a five book series the author will take her time with th
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Jessica Bronder
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly is sixteen year old genius orphan. While at college, a cute guy asks her to find out information about his adoption. She ends up in custody for hacking into the government’s database. Kelly is give two choices, prison or to join the government as a spy. It doesn’t help that she finds out the cute guy that set her up is going to be her trainer.

Along with being super smart, 191 IQ, she is also tall and very pretty. There is a terrorist that has the location of a top computer programmer. He
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Kelly, a foster teen with nowhere to call home, gets herself into a little bit of trouble hacking into a government computer system as a favor for her hottie R.A. Now she's under arrest.

Kelly's given a choice of being sent to a juvenile detention center or a government Special Operations Unit. Soon, her identity is gone and she's now Kelly Spree, working for the government as the resident computer genius with other teen agents.

But the biggest sur
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Reggie
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the very first book in The Specialists series. Model Spy is one of my favorites from the series. After I read it, I decided I was going to get the entire series (but I might be biased cause I have a soft spot for spy books).

The book is in GiGi's perspective. At first, she's still unsure about being an agent but she soon finds friends in her other teammates. When she goes on her first mission, she is obviously hesitant but she was determined to prove that she could do it. She learned how
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Greenland, Shannon Model Spy (206 p.) and Down to the Wire (213 p.) Speak (Penguin).

Kelly was just your normal 16-year-old genius attending college, until a cute boy talks her into cracking open government files. Now, she can either go to jail or she can join a group of teens who spy for the USA. There's only a few problems - Kelly (newly renamed Girl Genius, or GiGi) is a klutz, so keeping a cover and protecting herself may be difficult AND that cute boy is a spy also, so GiGi feels betrayed.
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Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA contemporary novels, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN, SHADOW OF A GIRL, and WATCHING YOU. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives on the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at www.shannongreenland.com

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