The savvy, resourceful heroine of the title is back in her second adventure, Spy Goddess 2: To Hawaii, with Love by Michael Spradlin. Here she and her gang steal away from Blackthorn Academy to the Hawaiian isles to get hold of an artifact before Simon Blankenship can. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This second title in the "Spy Goddess" series is about a madman named Simon Blankenship. All Blankenship wants is to rule the world. In order to accomplish this he needs to kill Rachel Buchanan and find seven hidden treasures by translating the Book of Seraphim. Little does he know he has a counterfeit copy of the book. Meanwhile, when Rachel hears that her boarding school's headmaster is flying to Hawaii to try and find Blankenship and one of the missing treasures, she and her friends charter a jet. Once they reach the dig site Blankenship's thugs capture Rachel and her friend, Pilar. To spare Pilar's life Rachel tells Blankenship that she knows where the treasure is hidden. While searching for the artifact Rachel discovers that she has supernatural powers that she uses to find the treasure. Rachel returns and a fight breaks out. Later the teens and their headmaster fly home together and discover that the authentic Book of Seraphim is missing from the headmaster's safe. This well-written story will be difficult to set down. This title is not recommended for the reader with motion sickness. It is a fast-paced story with so many twists and turns that it may cause the reader to become dizzy, disoriented, and wanting more. And that is exactly what the reader will get when they read the next book in the series. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 12 up.
Mary Jo Edwards
This installment of the adventures of Rachel Buchanan in the Spy Goddess series is every bit as readable and fun as the first. Although Spradlin gives enough background information for any reader to catch up with the ongoing plot, the characters' interactions with each other will make more sense if one has read the first. Rachel and her three friends leave their secluded boarding school in Pennsylvania and travel to Hawaii to try to recover an artifact that they believe is needed by a purely evil man named Simon Blankenship to further his plans of world domination. In doing so the teenagers break about every school rule there is and put their lives in extreme danger. Rachel and her roommate, Pilar, are captured by Blankenship almost immediately upon their arrival in Hawaii. Blankenship believes that Rachel is the only person in the world who can stop him, and he plans to sacrifice Pilar and use Rachel to help him get what he wants before killing her also. Rachel's indomitable spirit and resourcefulness help her to succeed in saving both herself and her friends while thwarting the bad guys. Teens will love the hip language, the nonstop action, and the strong characters. Although the perilous situation is mostly resolved by the end of the novel, an ominous discovery in the last chapter leaves the reader wanting another book right away. The series will be popular with readers who like a fast-paced thriller. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, HarperCollins, 199p., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
This second, much improved installment of the Spy Goddess series sends spunky Rachel, partially reformed Beverly Hills princess, to Hawaii in her continuing battle with Simon Blankenship, super-villain. It seems Blankenship believes Rachel, despite appearances, to be the reincarnation of Etherea, an ancient goddess. In his quest to revive the rival ancient god Mithras, Blankenship seeks seven artifacts hidden around the world. As the heroes and villains interact in Hawaii, Rachel is captured, fights against impossible odds, escapes, is recaptured, and escapes again in the usual plot arc. Spradlin finds more success in this second outing by infusing all the action with light humor. Tongue firmly in cheek, he renders Rachel a more attractive character and delivers a lively read for the fans. It's more a comedy than a thriller, working well as a spoof. Lots of fun-and this time the title makes sense. (Fiction. 12-14)