The Best Moments In Reading Are When You Come Across Something- A Thought, A Feeling, A Way At Looking At Things- Which You Had Thought Special And Particular To You. And Now, Here It Is, Set Down By Someone Else, A Person You Have Never Met, Someone Who Is Even Long Dead. And It Is As If A Hand Has Come Out, And Taken Yours.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Model Under Cover: A Crime of Fashion (book one) by Carina Axelsson

Title: Model Under Cover: A Crime of Fashion
Author: Carina Axelsson
Publisher: Usborne
Publication Date: 1st February 2014
Genre: Mystery, fiction, children’s
Length:368 pages
where I bought mine: Usborne
Back cover:
Despite her long legs and fashion obsessed family, all Axelle wants to do is solve mysteries. So when star designer Belle La Lune vanishes, Axelle seizes the chance to go undercover as a model to crack the case -even if it means  being tortured with eyelash-curlers and teetering on sky-high heels. Aided by the distractingly gorgeous Sebastian, Axelle races against the clock to solve the mystery at the heart of Paris Fashion Week…

To be completely honest, the first time I picked up Model Undercover, it looked like something my 10 year old pink and glitter obsessed cousin would like. Luckily, I was wrong and while the first chapter was a slightly boring, it picked up pace and soon I could not put the book down. It is full of twists, revenge, and a family curse. (Note to myself: Don’t ever judge a book by it’s cover again.) The ideal book for summer vacation. It was even slightly funny, and I found the main character: Axelle, very sympathetic. The plot was certainly not boring, and I have to say the ending was great, and there is no way I would have guessed who the kidnapper really was.

The book is about a teenage girl called Axelle who despite her family’s obsession with fashion, just wants some space to solve mysteries since as she says, she is “fashion impaired”. Her mother has the idea to make her go to Paris and stay with her aunt Venetia who is a famous fashion magazine editor, since she wants Axelle to become a fashion model. However as soon as Axelle sets foot into the city of fashion, the star designer Belle La Lune is kidnapped. Axelle immediately takes this opportunity to solve her first ever real mystery, and there are even some sparks of romance.

So, I have to say it pleasantly surprised me and I am looking forward to new additions to the Model Undercover series!

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