Spy Goddess: To Hawaii, with Love
Book 2 of the Spy Goddess series
Rachel and her fellow students head to Hawaii to save the world—and hit the beach
Sentenced by a judge to a year at Blackthorn Academy, Rachel is still getting the hang of boarding school. Her tae kwon do is improving, and her attitude has gotten better, but she’s still a long way from convincing the headmaster to let her join the Top Floor—the school’s secret training program for international superspies. It’s too bad, because there is a supervillain after her, and Rachel is going to need all the training she can get.
Simon Blankenship believes he is the reincarnation of Mithras, an evil Roman god, and that Rachel is a reincarnated goddess and the only thing preventing him from total world domination. When Rachel discovers that Blankenship is recovering ancient artifacts in Hawaii, she’s raring to go—to stop Blankenship and catch some sun. There’s just one problem: Mr. Kim refuses to send Rachel and her classmates into certain danger. She may not be a full-fledged spy, but Rachel is sneaky enough get her friends to Hawaii. But with Blankenship tracking their every move, will she be able to get them back home?
The idea for Spy Goddess came to me one day when I saw a commercial on television about a school you could attend to become a private investigator. I thought it was interesting that you could go to PI HIGH as I immediately dubbed it, and the idea kicked around in my brain for a little while. I had many ideas for novels before I wrote Spy Goddess but no one ever told me that you couldn’t get by with just a plot or setting. No, a novel has to have many different parts like characters, words, punctuation and other stuff. I had none of those things yet.
Then one day this character Rachel Buchanan appeared to me in my imagination. I saw her immediately: what she looked and sounded like, what her background was and her voice came to me like a gust of wind. I decided that I was going to take Rachel and send her to this school and see what happened. Only instead of a Private Investigator school I made it a school for spies because… well… why not? I like spies.
After that it was like a movie screen turned on in my head and I just wrote down what I saw. Sometimes I couldn’t get the words out fast enough. I love this character and I can’t wait to write more of her adventures.
Delivers a healthy helping of intrigue and butt-kicking!
- The Florida-Sun Sentinel
Lots of fun!
- Kirkus Reviews
Teens will love the hip language, the non-stop action and the strong characters.