Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CYA: The Sext Crime - Jason Ancona - Blog Tour Review

SNAP--a girl sexts racy pics of herself.
She thought the fun shots would stay between her and her boyfriend.

SNAP--an anonymous hacker hijacks her photos.
If she doesn't obey, she'll be exposed.

SNAP--the Covert Youth Agency takes the girl's case.
The agents jump headfirst into Operation: Sext Crime. Their new client has less than a week to surrender to the hacker's ultimatum. Or else the naughty photos go "wide."

SEND--a squad of goons are closing in on C.Y.A. members.
Agent identities may be unmasked.

REPLY ALL--end communication.
It's not safe.

WARNING--this book contains NO explicit sexual content.
Material suitable for ages 12 and above. May contain some humor.
Synopsis taken from goodreads

Title: The Sext Crime (C.Y.A. #2)
Author: Jason Ancona
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: February 27, 2011
Format: E-book
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Jason Ancona for sending me a copy of his book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
Tour: Teen Book Scene. You can follow along with the rest of the tour here, or by clicking through the banner located below the review.
My rating: 4/5 

In their second mad-cap adventure, Pi, Lightman, and Tollhouse are on the case to find out who would sabotage the presidential campaign at their high school. They take the case and immediately try finding out who has hijacked certain pictures from a cell phone. They have to be wary though, as Deeks is still upset from his last altercation with the C.Y.A. team and is bound and determined to uncover their identities. Will he be able to this time around, or will they be able to outsmart him? Will they also get to the bottom of Operation: Sext Crime before the inevitable happens? 
Pi, Lightman, and Tollhouse are coming into their own with this, the second book in the Covert Youth Agency series. Their personalities, and characters are rounded out more, and as they all take different undercover positions, it's nice to see how they interact with others around them, and not necessarily just with each other. I have to say their mothers are hilarious as they are trying to set them up with each other. We all know how embarrassing that can be, and it was neat to be able to relate to each of the characters in that way. Pi, as the central lead and main control in the C.Y.A. is a real cutie. It was great to see him thinking out different plans, and then being schooled in electronics by Lightman. His dance moves are legendary and it was great to see him come into his own. I enjoyed the balance between the case, and their personal lives. 
There are several different threads in this story, and it was great to see them all come together, as you didn't know who was going to be found out, or if they were going to be found out. Even though the book is about a "sext crime" it is surprisingly quite tame, and there is no explicit sexual content to be found. 
All in all, a great installment in the Covert Youth Agency series. Each book is better than the last, and I love how this one hooked me instantly. Mystery abounds, and everyone will be holding their breath as they wonder if the team will stop the crime in time, or if they will be found out. I think a lot of tween and teen readers will enjoy this one, and will be wishing they had a secret spy team at their school that they could go to when needed. I'm looking forward to their next adventure!

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