Friday, June 22, 2012

Mini Reviews: Gallagher Girls 1-3 by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter.
Page count: 284
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: April 25th, 2006
Book: Paperback
Who I'd Recommend it To: Fans of spies/fans of the Hex Hall series/people who want to read a light, hilarious book.
Rate: ★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Before you say anything, yes, I know--I'm super late reading these. It's been, what, 6 years since this book came out? To be perfectly honest, I'd heard a lot of good things about this series, but I kept putting it off. It just didn't seem like my type of thing. But when I finally got around to reading it, I adored it.

Is it so fantastic that I find myself fangirling over it? No. Did it enjoy reading it so much that I wanted to read the next book in the series? Yes.

This book has fantastic characters (I love Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey!) , has great witty dialogue (both internal and external) and is just a whole lot of fun. The prose is quite simplistic, but still good nonetheless. You definitely don't have a hard time keeping up. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a break from all the deep books and wants something lighthearted, funny and extremely entertaining!

... And if you're satisfied with this one, as I know some people are not, this is definitely the lightest of the series. It gradually gets darker with loads more action and twists and turns later on! 

Page count: 236
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: October 2nd, 2007
Book: Paperback
Who I'd Recommend it To: Fans of spies/fans of the Hex Hall series/people who liked the previous book.
Rate: ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads: Cammie Morgan is back, and it's clear that her life hasn't calmed down since the events of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie's elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys' arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school's top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.

Unlike the first book, this book made me go AHHHHH! GIVE ME THE THIRD BOOK. NOW.
 This book introduces some new characters, as well as bringing back the beloved old ones. I can't even tell you how much I adore Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey. Their friendship is really a change from the ones you see in YA fiction these days. 

In this one, the girls find out there's a school exactly like theirs--but for boys. That's where Zach Goode comes in, and wow, may I just say: What an improvement from that Jimmy guy! Oh, wait.. I mean, Josh. 
 The plot in this book is so much better as well. A lot more happens and there are many things I didn't see coming. 

Page count: 263
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: June 9th, 2009
Book: Paperback
Who I'd Recommend It To: Fans of the previous Gallagher Girls books, of course!
Rate: ★★★★
Synopsis: When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

This book is fast-paced, it's fun, it's charming, it's hilarious--just like the previous Gallagher Girls books. The characterization was fantastic, as usual, the writing was great and I loved loved loved the plot. I personally think this book is on another level compared to the other books (even though I adored the others). Compared to this one, the books seem very extremely fluffy and light. This book, from the get-go is action packed, fulled of twists and turns and things you definitely do not see coming. You can tell this series is going to get darker as it goes along. Cammie and her friends have really matured since the other books! And Zach.. wow, what is going on with you, dude? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? This was definitely a great read and I'm super excited to read the next book!

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