Hiya everyone! Welcome to my review of Code Red Lipstick the first book in the Model Spy trilogy, many thanks to Faye Rogers for organising this tour and asking me to be a part of it.
Code Red Lipstick (Jessica Cole: Model Spy #1) by Sarah Sky ~Goodreads~
Published by Scholastic
Paperback 336 pages ~The Book Depository~
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.
A brilliant original novel by Sarah Sky, Code Red Lipstick made me want to go back to being a teenager and having an ex-spy as my Dad- how badass and awesome would that be? Well I felt as if I was on this spy adventure with Jessica myself!
When Jessica’s father disappears Jessica is given the code red and despite Jessica insisting on helping find her Dad, MI6 are having none of it- I mean she’s just a teenager right? Well she may be a teen but she knows all the tricks in the book and decided to take matters in her own hands and sets off to Paris. On her own, the investigation draws Jessica into the dressing room of a former supermodel, Allegra Knight- who has a bit of bite! Teenosity a new product she is producing could be the downfall of young models worldwide.
Jessica is a hilarious female protagonist, a model slash a spy in training. She has style, a keen eye and cool make-up gadgets to help her find her Dad and warn off those trying to stop her. Jessica is the kind of girl who you would want to be best friends with, although her keen interest in everything may mean your secrets won’t be safe for long!
I enjoyed the book being set in London with various locations you can familiarise yourself with, there were no typical French stereotypes in this novel which thankfully didn’t make the book cliche. As someone who is no longer a teenager, I loved this book. It was fast paced, the plot made sense and the protagonist Jessica wasn’t overbearing like I first thought she might be.
This book is fantastic for young girls who think themselves a little bit badass…even if it’s in secret. It captures your imagination and made you wish to be a cool teen like Jessica was. What with her being a part time model for labels such as Chanel- jealous much!
I’m excited to carry on with this series and where it leads, I really do recommend this to not just teen’s but those ladies who still love pretending they’re a little younger than they are. A great read that I don’t think anyone could dislike, it surprised me for being so well written and an addictive read!
Sarah Sky is the author of Scholastic’s Jessica Cole: Model Spy series with Code Red Lipstick and Fashion Assassin. Catwalk Criminal is published in June 2015.
Sarah is a freelance education journalist and lives in West London with her husband and two young children.
She grew up in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and studied English at Nottingham University before gaining a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.
She trained as a journalist at the Western Daily Press in Bristol. Her highlight was interviewing screen legend Charlton Heston and lowest point was being sneezed on by a cow at a fatstock competition.
Sarah worked as an education correspondent for a national newspaper before going freelance. She now divides her time between journalism and writing. She loves reading, baking, table tennis and martial arts. She’s a green belt in kickboxing and a brown with two white stripes at karate, currently training for black.