Reviews for To Hawaii, With Love


Booklist Reviews 2006 May #1
Gr. 7-10. Fifteen-year-old Rachel returns as Spy Goddess for another fast-paced face-off against evil. This time Rachel and the gang must reach an ancient artifact before villain Simon Blankenship snaps it up and makes quick work of Rachel's best friend. Short, action-packed chapters feature catchy titles ("No One Is Going to Cheat Me out of My Hula Lessons") that capture the essence of this exuberant thriller. For anyone who enjoys light spy fiction or action-adventure stories. ((Reviewed May 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
In her second book, smart and feisty spy Rachel Buchanan is still pursued by crazed Simon Blankenship, who believes he is the reincarnated god Mithras and Rachel, the goddess Etherea. Rachel and her classmates flee to Hawaii in an attempt to find a sacred relic before Blankenship can. Strong characters--both male and female--will help this fast-paced series attract a wide audience. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 December #2
This second, much improved installment of the Spy Goddess series sends spunky Rachel, partially reformed Beverly Hills princess, to Hawaii in her continuing battle with Simon Blankenship, super-villain. It seems Blankenship believes Rachel, despite appearances, to be the reincarnation of Etherea, an ancient goddess. In his quest to revive the rival ancient god Mithras, Blankenship seeks seven artifacts hidden around the world. As the heroes and villains interact in Hawaii, Rachel is captured, fights against impossible odds, escapes, is recaptured, and escapes again in the usual plot arc. Spradlin finds more success in this second outing by infusing all the action with light humor. Tongue firmly in cheek, he renders Rachel a more attractive character and delivers a lively read for the fans. It's more a comedy than a thriller, working well as a spoof. Lots of fun--and this time the title makes sense. (Fiction. 12-14) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 February #1
The savvy, resourceful heroine of the title is back in her second adventure, Spy Goddess 2: To Hawaii, with Love by Michael Spradlin. Here she and her gang steal away from Blackthorn Academy to the Hawaiian isles to get hold of an artifact before Simon Blankenship can. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2006 April
This installment of the adventures of Rachel Buchanan in the Spy Goddess series is every bit as readable and fun as the first. Although Spradlin gives enough background information for any reader to catch up with the ongoing plot, the characters' interactions with each other will make more sense if one has read the first. Rachel and her three friends leave their secluded boarding school in Pennsylvania and travel to Hawaii to try to recover an artifact that they believe is needed by a purely evil man named Simon Blankenship to further his plans of world domination. In doing so the teenagers break about every school rule there is and put their lives in extreme danger. Rachel and her roommate, Pilar, are captured by Blankenship almost immediately upon their arrival in Hawaii. Blankenship believes that Rachel is the only person in the world who can stop him, and he plans to sacrifice Pilar and use Rachel to help him get what he wants before killing her also. Rachel's indomitable spirit and resourcefulness help her to succeed in saving both herself and her friends while thwarting the bad guys Teens will love the hip language, the nonstop action, and the strong characters. Although the perilous situation is mostly resolved by the end of the novel, an ominous discovery in the last chapter leaves the reader wanting another book right away. The series will be popular with readers who like a fast-paced thriller.-Leslie Carter PLB $16.89. ISBN 0-06-059411-X. 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.

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