Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Remember how I read Scarlett Undercover  because I thought it was Velvet Undercover?  (You really should, I reviewed it only yesterday) Well, I managed to track down Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown and it turned out to be a fast, fun read. In fact, I finished it in a few hours. If Scarlett Undercover ranked 3 out of 5 stars, Velvet Undercover definitely pulls ahead with 4 out of 5.

Plot: It is WW1 and Samantha Donaldson is a 17-year-old British schoolgirl with a unique ability to master languages and understand codes. Because of her skills, she gets recruited to be an agent for the elite, female spy group known as La Dame Blanche. Her first mission? To infiltrate the court of Kaiser Wilhelm and find the missing spy known only as Velvet.

Thoughts: Sam is a cocky, spunky heroine and though I normally would be annoyed with a heroine who is talented at everything, she still came across as believable. I liked the mystery, action, and historical setting, though the plot twists were pretty obvious. Overall, though, the story stays tight and consistent. The romance could have used a lot more development and the writing is a tad dry, but this really was a good read for YA. I also *really* like the cover, even though the girl on the front looks nothing like the character in the book.



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