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Surfer Girl (Misfit Spies, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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Arena Schmidt has no trouble facing a big wave, but witnesses the kidnapping of her roommate by a bunch of government agents on hoverboards. Arena steals a board to chase the kidnappers down, revealing her natural ability to fly the hoverboards. The CIA captures Arena and gives her an ultimatum: help them find the other boards or lose everything she loves.

Assigned to a geeky unit of spies known as "The Misfits", Arena struggles to find out what happened to her roommate while ...

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Surfer Girl (Misfit Spies, Book 1)

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Overview

Arena Schmidt has no trouble facing a big wave, but witnesses the kidnapping of her roommate by a bunch of government agents on hoverboards. Arena steals a board to chase the kidnappers down, revealing her natural ability to fly the hoverboards. The CIA captures Arena and gives her an ultimatum: help them find the other boards or lose everything she loves.

Assigned to a geeky unit of spies known as "The Misfits", Arena struggles to find out what happened to her roommate while recovering the boards for the CIA. Each Misfit offers a unique perspective and unconventional methods, from gorgeous martial arts master Nate to enigmatic analyst Sterling to bubbly, quirky Lorna. Arena finds herself in the middle of gunfights and high-speed chases, on the run from a sinister organization's treacherous double agent out to claim her and the hoverboards for their own.

Surfer Girl is an action-adventure young adult/adult crossover novel appropriate for ages 14 and up. There is moderate violence and several deaths.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045018425
  • Publisher: Lynn Blackmar
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Series: Misfit Spies
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 928,469
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 265 KB

Meet the Author

Lynn Blackmar is a graduate of a small college in Virginia and a former education writer. She lives in Atlanta with three cats and a two-foot koi, where she enjoys video games, tabletop gaming, ethnic restaurants, and siege weapons.
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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Surfer Girl is a fast-paced thriller appropriate for YA and adul

    Surfer Girl is a fast-paced thriller appropriate for YA and adult audiences. It features a strong cast of characters, detailed enough but not overly detailed, such that many of them remain mysterious. The main character, Arena, is a college student who is coerced into joining the CIA when she is unwittingly thrust into the middle of a mission to retrieve hoverboard technology. She's enlisted into an oddball unit that doesn't get the respect it deserves, appropriately nicknamed the Misfits. So, the story is, in part, Back to the Future II meets The Mod Squad.

    On its face, Surfer Girl is a spy novel for, I assume, a YA audience. I assume this because these spies don't do a lot of killing or even shooting, where shooting may have made their missions infinitely easier. I don't generally read YA, but I found the novel appealing even for an older audience (namely, me). And there is some killing (yippee!).

    What I really enjoyed about Surfer Girl wasn't its genre's primary tenets. Certainly, the thrills were thrilling, the action was abundant and interesting, and the protagonists and the plights were worthy of continued and enjoyed reading. In that respect, the author stays true to the genre and its fans.

    But she also adds mystery and, dare I say it for the first time positively, romance. Let me clarify - this is not a romance novel. The hints of possible love interests/relationships are subtle and sparse. One has to read between the lines to detect it, and it makes the reader fall for the characters and wonder how their relationships will evolve - great fodder for a sequel. The mystery, too, is ever present. The author artfully makes the reader question nearly every character's true intentions at one point or another and keeps him guessing if there is a villain within the Misfits or among their contacts without. I found this aspect of the novel the most enjoyable.

    My only criticism with the novel would be its linear quality. I believe every scene other than the first is taken from Arena's perspective and follows her in chronological order until the very end. This may be common within the genre and is no criticism of the author's style, but rather a statement of personal preference. I would have liked to get into the heads of the other characters more, particularly Sterling, whom I found the most interesting. Even so, the author does an excellent job of conveying their emotions, values, opinions, etcetera as seen though the eyes of Arena.

    Overall, a solid effort. It will be interesting to see how the author develops her well-contrived character base.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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