Released: January 1st 2015
My Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
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Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Supermodel Jessica Cole has no intention of ever spying again after she was nearly killed by an embittered ex-model and a rogue MI6 agent. That is until she's blackmailed into posing undercover as bodyguard to a very rich fellow model. What seems like a simple job aboard a luxurious yacht in Monaco soon turns into a deadly mission to stop the most dangerous weapon in the world falling into the wrong hands. Jessica will need every gadget in her make-up bag if she wants to get out of this one alive. (from Goodreads)
Fashion Assassin was a great follow up to Code Red Lipstick. The plot is taking an interesting turn and I’m curious to find out the truth behind everything in book three!
Jessica was struggling to find work in this book because Margaret, who had somehow managed to get away scot free despite her various crimes, was spreading rumours that Jessica was some kind of nightmare model diva who was terrible to work with. She only had one modelling job lined up with Sebastian who seemed to be the only person not taking notice of the rumours, so it seemed like it’d be a pretty boring summer ahead for Jessica. But of course, this was Jessica, so I wasn’t surprised when she managed to get mixed up with more MI6 business - mostly thanks to threats from Margaret (ugh Margaret, I hated this woman so much) and the next few weeks were far from boring. Forced to guard Kat, the fourteen year old daughter of a Russian billionaire, Jessica had her work cut out for her. Kat was such a bratty teenager, she threw tantrums when she didn’t get her way and she was constantly causing trouble. Jessica had to make sure to keep her safe, as well as investigate other things, and I could understand why she was so frustrated! You could never really tell when Kat was being genuine, and after the ending, I am veeery intrigued to see how Jessica gets on with her in the next book, because honestly, if I were Jessica, I’d be pretty pissed off about that situation too.
Jessica was also having some personal problems, mainly to do with her friend Becky and her crush Jamie. I sort of guessed what was really going on here, but I liked the fact that we got to see Jessica worry about normal teen stuff, because it reminded you that while Jessica may be a spy on a mission with lots of cool gadgets, she was still a teenager, with regular problems that she had to deal with alongside her spy life. I think Jessica struggled with having to keep her spy life a secret from her friends, and I think that will become even more of an issue in the third book. She missed out on events and gatherings because she was working, and it made her feel left out. It’ll be interesting to see how she deals with everything! I have to admit, I do hope we get to see more of Jamie in book three. So far he’s pretty much just been a name on a page, and we know very little about him, so it’s a bit hard to understand why Jessica likes him so much. I’m hoping more of an appearance in book three will help out with this (though I do appreciate the lack of sappiness and the focus on the spy stuff instead of romance).
Plot-wise, like with book one, I did guess a lot of things, but this book was entertaining nonetheless. I loved all the scenes involving Nathan, and I really liked reading about the clever ways Jessica managed to get herself out of some sticky situations! She definitely was able to think fast when she needed to save herself. I also loved the ending (I felt for Jessica, I really did) and I am very intrigued to find out what happens in the next book. I am very excited to see the training scenes and also to learn more about the mystery behind Jessica’s mother’s death (I am so curious! That last line! I need more!).
Overall, Fashion Assassin was a fab sequel. I must admit the some of the mystery aspects (though not all because as mentioned previously, I have no idea yet what the ending will lead to) are easier to predict if you (like me) have read a lot of books of this kind before, but even so, I’m enjoying this series so far, and I’m looking forward to picking up book three.
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 post-graduate 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 kick-boxing and a brown with two white stripes at karate, currently training for black.