Tuesday, 2 August 2011

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You - Ally Carter

Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses - but it's really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.

Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?


I've seen many people have this book and although it sounded good, I never thought it would be my sort of book. I even read a taster in Keris Stainton's "Jessie <3 NYC" and still wasn't sure about it...but I was very very very wrong! 

While on her first Covert operation Cammie meets Josh, a boy from the local time, and instead of letting the school know and the school investigate him...her and her friends decide to investigate his life themselves. Which  was always going to be amusing, but added with the girls go to private girls school they have a lack of knowledge of interaction without “legends” (fake back stories) or knowledge of boys.

I flew through this book in about 4 hours...only stopping because the partner was complaining he needed food cooking! I found myself giggling like mad and explaining excerpts to him. for example.. 

Number of empty Ben & Jerry's ice cream containers: 3 - two mint chocolate cookie, one plain vanilla. (Who buys plain vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, anyway? Is there a greater waste?) 

Which really brought it home to me that the author still wrote them as normal teenage girls, even though they were super spy girls!

I have to say I didn’t really like Macey as a character...Maybe you are not meant to...she is brought in late and you get to see how she is introduced to the spy world...but she seemed like a snob, and then suddenly was nice and they all got on...something to me did not work there and it could have made it more entertaining having an arch enemy in the form of another school girl...however that is also a major cliché so the author may have avoided it for this reason! 

The ending felt a little rushed. It was all sorted out and finished but it just seemed to be over in about 10 pages, and a bit of a let down after the rest of the book but it was still amazing!

I am really excited I got to this book a little late, as the next 3 are already out and Raimy is sending me the next one! Overall the book is brilliant and reminded me a bit of the Alex Rider series (a series about a 14 year old spy who has been trained since a child by his uncle in preparation to join MI5, first book is called Stormbreaker!) however very directed towards girls. There is a good mix between a girly boarding school book and a spy book which is an interesting and very well thought out mix!

1 comment:

  1. awesome review! you may have convinced me to finally get round to this one myself! ;D