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She'd never said, "I want to join the Secret Police when I grow up."Of course, Mina Cortez hadn't known there were secret police. She just knew she'd rather be a ballerina than a florist. But in 2154, though the world has mostly recovered from the supervolcano, vocational education is still programmed based on aptitude testing. An implanted skill chip can give the recipienShe'd never said, "I want to join the Secret Police when I grow up."Of course, Mina Cortez hadn't known there were secret police. She just knew she'd rather be a ballerina than a florist. But in 2154, though the world has mostly recovered from the supervolcano, vocational education is still programmed based on aptitude testing. An implanted skill chip can give the recipient many things, but not longer legs. So Mina fully expected to end up inheriting her family's flower shop and landscaping business someday.Like three generations before her, she had the nose for it.She didn't expect one of her best friends to be kidnapped. She didn't expect to be inducted into a covert organization by desperate authorities. She didn't expect to have to be grateful for her other best friend's 'undead' Chevy. She didn't expect programmed spy information to come with the taste of aluminum on her tongue — or a burning sensation when she fought its impulses. She didn't expect fights, car chases, family secrets, bureaucrats acting as espionage cheerleaders, electro-magnetic pulses, or the frequent scent of gun oil.She definitely didn't expect to still have to deliver flowers while figuring it all out....

Title : Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets
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ISBN : 24609798
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Number of Pages : 490 Pages
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Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets Reviews

  • Larissa
    2019-05-30 08:58

    I’d like to start by thanking the author, Jeffrey Cook, who gave me this copy for review at a backyard and gardening convention of all places!Mina is the daughter of two Seattle florists. The book takes place several centuries in the future after a super volcano erupted and decimated the world as we know it. By the time we enter this world, much of the clean up has happened, but we see how this disaster steered scientific advancement. For example, there is a lunar colony, and everyone is given series of aptitude tests in school to determine their future careers. At the time they are to graduate and begin said career they have a chip implanted into their spine that has all the information needed to do their job effectively. The time of turmoil after the eruption also gave rise to the Secret Police which Mina is recruited for. I loved this premise, it was well thought out and conveyed and even felt plausible to me. I really enjoyed how we got to see the parts of our world that poked through into the year 2154 and all the small details that filled out the picture of this future. I almost wish that this world had been filled out a bit more, but given that it is Young Adult it made sense that Cook didn’t go into detail of the geopolitics of all of it.This book is short but it is packed full of non-stop action, plot twists, and developed characters. There was never a lull or dull moment. I particularly liked Amiko, Mina’s best friend, martial arts specialist, and self-proclaimed side-kick. Her spunky personality added great comic relief to the constant intensity of the story. The idea of chips also lead to a lot of interesting plot developments that really amped up the action. The only thing I would say detracted from my enjoyment was that at times phrases were worded confusingly and I’d have to go back and re-read them to understand what they were saying.This book is really an entertaining read for Science Fiction and Young Adult fans alike. I’m not sure if there is a sequel in the works, but Cook definitely leaves the door open for one. I know I’d read it should it come into being. I’d definitely recommend this book!

  • Rachel Barnard
    2019-06-05 13:15

    Mina has always been the good influence, but when she strikes out on her own to clear her friend’s name she runs into all sorts of trouble. Mina hoped to get the ballerina chip, but was resigned to follow in her parents’ footsteps running the family business, Emerald City Flowers and Design. Instead she got way more than she could have hoped for: The Inquisitor Chip for the Secret Police. Flower deliveries is the perfect cover for a member of the Secret Police and her first assignment is to lay low and observe. She’s young, she’s confident, and she has not yet learned to follow directions. How could she when she suspects something more sinister is going on and doesn’t know who to trust within the Allied Investigative Agency? Along with her friend Amiko, the reliable antique Chevy Vlad, and her own natural inquisitiveness, Mina will do everything she can to solve the kidnapping of her friend Scott and find out what’s really going on in the AIA.Mina is a character I can relate to because she doesn’t get everything that she wants. She’s confident in what she believes. She stands up for her friends and seeks out action. Not everyone gets to be a ballerina, and Mina is no exception. She is too short and stocky, in her mind, to be chosen for the elusive ballerina chip.In a world where adolescents can work their hardest trying to paint their own futures and make their own destiny, it is their chipping that ultimately decides their fate. This is a wonderful and very futuristic technology that Jeffrey Cook exploits to the utmost of his imagination. “Implanting someone with everything they needed to know to do their assigned job perfectly had become a mostly exact science in the century-and-some it had been in use, but complications still came up.” (Page 23).This is every school kid’s fantasy. What if you didn’t have to read and study for years on end, what if you could just download all that information? I bet most kids have salivated over this kind of technology at some point in their lengthy education. Cook fleshes out what it would really be like to be able to download a college’s worth of information in an instant and be able to hop right into the middle of a career. Of course, it’s not without its limitations. To be a ballerina one must have the years of physical training and ideal body type. To be a member of the Secret Police requires similar physical training and a great cover identity. “A chip might give an ambitious buyer perfect knowledge of human anatomy and perfect reactions to deal with every mishap that might arise. If, however, the recipient didn’t already have perfectly steady hands and a curiosity regarding the connections of muscles, nerves and organs, the chances of a surgeon’s chip malfunctioning went up exponentially.” (Page 23).One of my favorite parts about Mina Cortez: Bouquets to Bullets was the world Jeffrey Cook built and his fascinating tidbits of futuristic technology. The way people communicated was different. The way people traveled was different. Every so often Cook would throw in something specific that was different more than a hundred years in the future.I loved all the main characters. They each had a unique trait that the reader could hold onto as an identifier. Miko has a lead foot and a penchant for aikido. Scott is addicted to video games and is a picky eater (allergies). Mina never seems to be able to stick to her Inquisitor instructions and she’s constantly getting into and out of a sticky situation. She also can identify both her assailants and her friends through scent alone. How cool is that?If you want action, you’ll get it with Mina Cortez. If you want a strong, kick-butt female main character and a chirpy optimist sidekick, Bouquets to Bullets is your book.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-09 12:13

    I haven’t read much YA. So I decided to change that last week and opened up Mina Cortez: Bouquets to Bullets. This was a zippy-fast riotous fun YA read filled with frantic adventuring. I am rather fond of everything science fiction (it’s my genre baby). The futuristic setting and technology in Mina Cortez were well thought out and simply put, pretty cool, the characters, particularly Mina and Miko, were engaging and easy to love. So a quick run down on the story essentials without giving too much away- Chipping day is coming. Mina desperately wants to be a ballerina, but sadly she is lacking in the height department. She soon realizes she’ll have to settle for carrying on the family flower shop and landscaping business. Then on the day of her chipping consultation, everything changes for Mina. EVERYTHING! Life suddenly gets uber-complicated. One of her friends has been kidnapped and she's on the case-- as well as being on the run.Jeffrey’s writing style flows easily, is engaging and makes for a quick effortless read. There’s the right balance of humour and action throughout. This book is everything I enjoy in a quick read, a fun and unique concept mixed with engaging characters and breakneck action. A fun 5 stars from me!

  • EJ Roberts
    2019-05-29 06:13

    I loved this book. Jeffrey is an incredible writer and his first foray into the Young Adult world was a terrific one. Any teen would love to have secret agent powers instilled in them with a simple chip. From the beginning, you’re swept into Mina’s world and into almost non-stop action. When I reached the end of the book, I had to honestly refrain myself from throwing it across the room. The only thing that stopped me was I was reading an e-book and I didn’t want to break my tablet.I finished this book last night and I’ve been pondering why I loved it so much ever since. I can’t pinpoint why. Then again, I can’t tell you why I loved Hunger Games, either. The story telling was superb. As an adult, I appreciated Miko’s funny quips dating back into our history since her dad was an archeologist. At first, I thought I’d get Mina and her friend Miko completely mixed up, but each had their own unique personalities. I didn’t mix them up once. The book flowed exceptionally well, Mina acted perfectly normal for a teen who’s trying to prove herself. Miko was a kick. Scott was sort of hazy, but then again, aren’t most computer geniuses? ;-) Jeffrey presents us with just the right amount of description to get his point across without belaboring the point. It was well done.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-26 13:09

    It's the future and Mina Cortez is about to turn 18. All she wants is to become a ballerina. However, genetics dictates she won't cut it as a ballerina. Therefor, when she receives her job chip she's not surprised to learn that she'll be working in her parents floral shop. What she doesn't expect, is to be working for the Secret Police on the sly. Once Mina is chipped it's non-stop action as Mina must try to prove her friends innocence and not screw up too badly. With the help of her other friend and her "undead" Chevy (aka a car from the 2000's that doesn't meet the standards of the cars of Mina's day) they must solve the mystery and save the day.This is a fun action packed read. Even though the main character is a girl, I think even boys would like this book a lot. There are some threads left unraveled so that Jeffrey Cook can expand on the story with a sequel, and I hope he does. It does not however end on a deep cliffhanger, so readers can be pacified while we wait for Mr. Cook to write the next book.* DISCLAIMER: I do work for the company that published this book and I designed the cover, however my opinions are 100% my own and true. I like this book!

  • Elspeth
    2019-06-11 11:13

    The world has changed, and Cook does a great job of introducing us to it's elements within the story, without jarring us out of the running around. The story itself is believable, as well as fantastic. It keeps you guessing as to who the villain is until the very end.Oh, and Vlad is my favorite character. I'm sure you'll love him, too.

  • Ellison
    2019-06-10 10:10

    In the century of the 2100's teens receive a chip to assist in their vocation. A gal that works at a flower shop gets a secret agent chip as her job will be good cover. She is tasked with locating a friend that has disappeared.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-21 09:11

    I was one of the first people to read drafts of this book, which was just released. It's a fun adventure with sci-fi elements and almost some thriller elements, and includes various hints of a rich near-future setting. Less 'dystopian' than perhaps 'it's-complicated-topian.'

  • Lora
    2019-05-29 14:10

    (will update review later!)

  • Chelo Biggerstaff
    2019-05-29 09:22

    EDIT: I've been informed that the girl in the cover photo is, indeed, Miko. I stared at the photo trying to see a difference between the two girls. If you're going to put two different girls on a cover, at least make them different enough that a casual reader/ reviewer doesn't HAVE to stare to determine they are different. Changing the angle of the face actually made it worse.Purchased at a convention in person.Mina Cortez is Jeffrey Cook's first foray into YA literature and he does it well. The story flows nicely and, at times, I resented real life taking me away from the story. That's always a good sign in my experience. I also enjoyed the characters. They didn't quite have the depth I would have liked, but it's a first in a series. There's time for more. Mina, at least, was well-developed.Mina lives in post-Apocalyptic Seattle, although the supervolcano that changed the world is far enough back to just be a justification for how radically things have changed. The background provides the reason for the "chipping" process-- instead of going to university for years to learn a skill, skills are implanted upon graduation from high school.However, you don't choose your chipped career, although your preferences are given some weight. This means that even though Mina has been training her entire life for a career as a ballerina, she really won't get to choose.Instead, she becomes a secret agent in a world where secret agents are increasingly rare. Her adventures are slightly predictable: character motivation remains shallow. But it's a good story and very suited for the YA audience.Why four stars?Storytelling: 4.75 starsThis is where the book shines. There were tiny glitches that kept it from a full five, but it was close. The story kept me reading.Editing: 3 starsI am considering contacting Fire & Ice Press to discuss their use of open quotes in long speeches. It's obviously a style thing, as I've read other books by Jeffrey Cook and they do not follow this format. There were other places that felt like editing over writing that irked me. It was enough that I stopped reading to address it.Proofreading: 4.5 starsOverall good. Caught 2-3 errors per chapter.Design: 3.75 starsThe interior wasn't bad, but the cover... Mina is Hispanic. They got that right. But I don't remember anywhere in the book where she wears a hat (I do believe Miko is the hat person). The shady thugs look like something from the Matrix. The cover is, to me, boring. Just the picture of Mina at the top would have been better than what is here.So... 4 stars. Read it anyway, since things like design and editing don't detract from the book.

  • Kayla
    2019-06-11 07:18

    Yay. Okay... What to say about this book? First off, it's a quick read - so if you're looking for something that is packed full of awesome from start to finish, this would be a good book to pick up. The title character Mina is pretty fabulous, and the author does a great job of pulling you right into the action from page one...literally. I absolutely love a good sci-fi read, and I think this delivered. What I loved most is how plausible the premise seemed to me. In this world, the Earth as we know it has already been pretty much wiped out by the eruption of a super-volcano. I'm not going to talk about how much I have given thought to this exact scenario after visiting Yellowstone on several occasions, but let's just say that I was applauding the author from the onset once I figured out what happened. By the time we join Mina, there has already been a clean-up after this catastrophe, and Mina has been recruited as a member of the Secret Police - a group which was born after the disaster happened. I loved it. Apart from the fact that my paranoia-riddled sci-fi nerd-brain found the premise something that was totally possible (if not a little terrifying), I really just enjoyed every page. When you pick up a shorter book, you're always taking a gamble on whether or not you're going to get everything you want out of those pages, and this really delivers. There's a note of seriousness to it, but there's also some funny moments that will have you shaking your head and chuckling. If you're like me, it's one of those books that you don't really want to put down. By the time you get to the end, you really feel like you've been on an adventure with Mina and her friends. I'm not sure if this is going to be developed into a series, but there's a part of me that would really like to see more of Mina's adventures and more of this post-eruption world that Mr. Cook has developed.

  • PelicanFreak
    2019-06-12 07:02

    This book gripped me within seconds; I took an immediate liking to both Mina and Miko and felt propelled into the times as the technology available to them seemed to pretty much fit with the times. You know how in some futuristic tales, it just gets kinda ridiculous? I didn’t find that to be going on here at all and just wanted to know more.Before I knew it, I was about 2/3 of the way into this book – it really is a super fast read as there is action, mystery, a bit of drama all going on at once and it’s impossible to put down. I had to tear myself away so that I could get some sleep in time to be not-totally-useless for work a few hours later the first time I picked it up. The second time, well, I knew to not pick it back up until I could finish it as this book just constantly left me needing more.Mina is a really well developed character as her objectivity and integrity repeatedly show through; this supports the reasons for why she landed in the predicament she did, making for excellent continuity. Miko was also brilliantly designed and I’d very much like to see more of these girls and hope that this turns into a series because I could definitely use a regular dose of these girls and the AIA.

  • Valerie Roberson
    2019-05-31 11:22

    This book is an awesome fast paced mystery. It takes place way in the future, when the government decides what your job will be and implants a chip for that job. Mina thought she was going to follow in the family business. But she found herself in a job she never dreamed of. And she couldn't tell anyone what it was.This story is full of supence, wild action, mystery, twists and turns and a surprise ending. I couldn't put the book down. It was well written to keep your attention and wanting to see what happens. It was full of surprises and determination of a very young girl and her friend. This book is excellent for all ages to read, Junior high would be perfect. I really enjoyed this book!

  • Sheala Vast-Binder
    2019-05-28 09:22

    "Mina Cortez" is an amazing novel that is riveting from the beginning! The book is filled with likeable characters, loads of action, and a surprise-packed plot line. The main character, Mina, and her BFF, Miko, are sassy heroines who make any challenge look easy. The story starts off with a bang and never slows down. Even the "bad guys" in the story are appealing. My only warning is that you shouldn't start the book before bedtime. Truly, I had a hard time putting it down so I could go to sleep!