Saturday, February 28, 2015

ARC Review: Model Undercover: New York (Model Undercover Series)

24316140Model Undercover: New York (Model Undercover Series) by Carina Axelsson

Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2015
320 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Unlock the secrets of the fashion world in this fun and breezy mystery.

When the world's most famous black diamond is stolen during a magazine cover shoot, it's up to undercover model Axelle Anderson to crack the case. The only witness is a trendsetting teen fashion blogger who refuses to say anything, and Axelle has a hunch that what appears to be a clear-cut case of jewelry theft is anything but.

Axelle and her sleuthing friends are drawn into a web of blackmail and backstabbing fashionistas. As she struts her way down the New York City runways and juggles her busy modeling schedule and new romance, Axelle must pit herself against a rival who'll stop at nothing to bring her down.

My Review:
This was well-written just like the previous book it was also written in first person, it gives us ‘the readers’ the option to get to know Axelle Anderson. The ease with which the world of fashion – with its renowned designers is weaved into the story make it seems as familiar setting as your average corner store, making it easy to follow the story. Axelle’s week in Paris had a very positive influence on her. She sounds more mature than the whiney teenager she came off as in the beginning of Model Undercover: A Crime of Fashion. While she still has the same concerns now that she had in Paris, concerns shared by many teenagers around the world, such as wanting to pursue a career that her mom doesn’t approve of wondering about her relationship with her boyfriend. Axelle comes off as down to earth responsible 16 year old. Except perhaps for the fact that she shares a lot of information about her secret case with her friends and family mostly over the phone while people in the fashion world are milling around.

In the first series Axelsson touched upon concepts of perception and dichotomies. In this volume she too briefly touched upon the concept of perception as well, this time when her model friends urges Axelle to not judge but keep an open mind when faced with the confusing and unexpected actions of her boyfriend. Whle the concept was discussed only superficially, it will hopefully generate a deeper reflection in Axelsson’s readers.

This is a light-hearted, fast paced and a very good page turner both books in the series would make a good summer read. But while this one is the second book in the Model: Undercover series, enough background info was weaved into the story by the author making it easy for new readers to keep up Axelle’s adventures.

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