Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Review: Down to the Wire by Shannon Greenland

Down to the Wire
(The Specialists, #2)
by Shannon Greenland
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Release Date: September 6,2007
Publisher: Speak
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05
Pages: 224

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

GiGi is back, this time teaming up with electronics specialist Frankie, aka Wirenut, for their next mission. Wirenut has an uncanny knack for breaking into the highest-level security systems that stump even the experts. Which is precisely why he was recruited by the Specialists. 

So when wealthy entrepreneur Octavias Zorba hires the Specialists to recover a stolen neurotoxin, the head of the Specialists is sure that Wirenut is perfect for the job. But there's a catch. The computer-coded hints that will lead to the neurotoxin are hidden in a few precious artifacts. 

And when these hints are found, there is limited time to get them decoded or they will disappear forever. But as GiGi and Wirenut begin their mission, they suddenly find themselves on a fast-paced hunt for the criminal, with time quickly running out….

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really loved Model Spy the first in the series. My review of that one is here. In fact, I really enjoyed it so I couldn't wait to read the sequel. The sequel did not disappoint.

I feel like the Goodreads summary gives an adequate enough synopsis of what happens, so I'll just jump into my feelings about the book. 

I loved getting to know the character Wirenut better. Wirenut had me rooting for his successes, bemoaning his failures, and my heart wrenching for his pain.

In the first book, we didn't really get to see GiGi interact with Wirenut all that much so I loved watching Wirenut become more than a name on the page.  Wirenut has suffered intense loss and in this novel a criminal was playing with him and clearly trying to bring him out in the open.

It made more a fascinating mystery that I wanted to crack the whole time. I loved watching GiGi try to help Wirenut and watch their friendship develop. I would have liked to see more of David in this novel, but I'm sure that will happen in later novels. I can't wait to see what character we get to know better in the third novel.

I know several people thought the book was predictable, but even though that might still be true, I still really loved the novel. 

I love the characters and I love watching them interact. I loved watching GiGi and the other characters grow in this novel.

In Summary: Greenland's Specialists series is intriguing and definitely has me hooked. Down to the Wire was an intriguing addition to the first one and I loved watching the characters grow. Down to the Wire was intriguing, captivating, and an enjoyable read. I loved it. 

The Wrap-up: I definitely can't wait to read the third one in the series. This series is very enjoyable and I can't wait to read more of it. 


Danica Page

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