Gallagher girls had a series of well-defined support character, an interesting main character, before it worried about getting the spy-pun title. The "Spy Academy" as it were wasn't particularly interesting, either, and I was puzzled at their love for Tae-Kwon-Do. Don't get me wrong. Also, it's VERY bad form to have a title that has 0 to do with your character or the book: the main character doesn't like shopping, there are no shopping scenes that are meaningful to the plot, shopping is in no way related to the plot, and I spent the entire book looking for the shop connection.
The problem I face is I seriously DO want to continue the series and would like to make this number a 4, but it seems the author & or the readers didn't think too highly of this series. I highly enjoyed this series and wish to know what will happen to Rachel & her friends at Blackthorn Academy, but I am not sure I can trust an author who switches formats. In my opinion, I think Mr. Spradlin should have revamped the whole series and turned them into Graphic Novels if he decided to go down that path, trusting the readers who enjoyed the series to re-read the first two books in the Graphic Novel format and continue the series. I am continually on the lookout for books which are similar to Tokyo Suckerpunch & the others in that series, so if something catches my eye, I always check them out. Now, I did think it might have worked out some of the issues that all teens deal with or preferably the ones Rachel and some of the other students at Blackthorn Academy are dealing with, but as mentioned above in the character comments I am assuming the author will continue those threads in the story and make some headway or allow the characters to grow. That being said, I am of the mind that reality is never like books or other forms of media and a lot of unresolved issues are resolved sometimes hastily and sometimes I am left thinking "WTF?!". I think because I wish to continue the series, but feel to do so would be stressful, I am left feeling a little disappointed with this story now that it is finished.
The main theme in Spy Goddess is the curiosity and courage to make people be stronger and better, especially with friendship. Spy Goddess talks about a main character; Rachel Buchanan is moved from California to Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania because the Judge thinks she steals the car with her friends. Nevertheless, Mr. Kim helps them and keeps them in school, and then he writes the letter to the Judge because Rachel is the best girl in Blackthorn with a nice curiosity and a big courage. In Spy Goddess, Rachel is not a bad girl, but she is a special girl, because first, she doesnt betray her friends by telling her friends names out to the polices and the Judge in California; second, she has the curiosity and she investigates by herself; and finally, she can stands out to help her friends to stay in school by telling everything is made up by her. I just want to say, I love Rachel Buchanan in this story, and really love this book, because it contains the curiosity, courage and friendship of Rachel, Pilar, Alex, Brent. Finally, Spy Goddess talks about the friendship, curiosity and courage between Rachel and her friends. If you read The Dead Man in Indian Creek written by Mary Downing Hahn, you would know about Spy Goddess, because both of stories talk about the curiosity to investigate of two main characters.
I really like the beginning of this book and the premise of it. I liked Rachel and she was an intriguing character. They didn't make very many appearances in the beginning of the book and Rachel didn't even like them or care for them all that much. But I do want to read the next book and find out what happens with Rachel. The book leaves at a cliffhanger that I definitely want to explore. Spies and more reside in this book, but it isn't too complicated and it's interesting enough for me not to want to put it down.
Two, go to some school called the Blackthorn Academy. You see, the girl has a lot of attitude.
*I was sent this book for review from NetGalley* This was a very light read. The plot twist made this book so much better than what I expected. I would definitely recommend reading it.
Thank you for spoiling the ending, title. The storyline was cool. I definitely liked it; I'd just change the title and edit the book better, is all.
At the Academy she meets new friends, and is able to enjoy new classes and experiences.