Author on Author Book Review ~ "Investigating the Hottie" by Juli Alexander

Genre: Young Adult Romance / Mystery
Medium: Paperback and eBook
Purchase: Amazon / Smashwords / Barnes & Noble / Sony
Narrative: First person voice of Amanda Peterson

Peterson. Amanda Peterson. When my life suddenly turns into the Princess Diaries meets Mission Impossible, can I do in a week what I haven’t managed to do in all my fifteen years—reel in a hottie?

Investigating the Hottie is a completed young adult romance. When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.

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I love a good Young Adult series with a strong female lead. "Investigating the Hottie" had me wanting to investigate this story. I know I'm not the target audience, but who could pass up a cross between "The Princess Diaries" and "Mission: Impossible"? Not me.

Enter Amanda Peterson, everyday Atlanta girl confused by her parents sudden divorce. Due to her mother's need to fix her or her aunt's prodding, Amanda ends up spending her fall break in Princeton, New Jersey.

I love the concept of this story. A girl finding out she's been trained to be a spy and doesn't even know it. Amanda takes the news from her aunt, an agent with the Global Agency for Shared Intelligence or GASI for short, rather well. I think I would have booked Aunt Christie a ride to the nearest mental health facility. Nothing like that would ever happen in my life.

For her first mission, which she chooses to accept, she is sent to investigate Princeton Academy's number one hottie, Will Middleton. Unlike most fifteen-year-old girls, Amanda is shy and has no idea how to hook the hottie in question. Personally, I wouldn't of known how either. At fifteen I had no idea what was going on in a guy's mind let alone thinking of ways to "befriend" one. Amanda does a stellar job at making the first move. Their "meet-cute" is just that, cute. Since Amanda only has six days, their friendship develops quickly thanks to Aunt Christie, Christie's hottie partner, Nic, and some of the best technology GASI has in it's arsenal.

I knew that there had to be a twist coming when there was only a few days left until Amanda was hopping on a plane back to Atlanta. What happens was something I hadn't expected, so bravo Juli Alexander! So often I am able to predict the way a story will go. I LOVE it when I'm wrong.

According to an interview Alexander did with Killer Fiction, Amanda and Will get a chance at another adventure with book 2, "Undercover with the Hottie".

"Investigating the Hottie" was provided to me from the author through NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and Juli Alexander for the pleasure of experiencing this novel. I'll be picking up book 2 as soon as it comes out.

Juli Alexander, a former Golden Heart finalist, writes fiction for teens and tweens. She released her first novel, Stirring Up Trouble, in January of 2012. Juli is firmly grounded in the young adult world by her teenage son and his friends.
Often scolded for sneaking books to the dinner table, Juli has a serious book addiction. She has finally established a rule that she cannot start any book after seven p.m. Otherwise, she would read through the night and never make it to her day job.
Juli released five books, a novella, and a short story in 2012. She plans to release the sequel to Investigating the Hottie, Undercover with the Hottie, in June 2013 and the third book in the Stirring Up Trouble trilogy, tentatively titled, Skirting Trouble, in September of 2013.

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