Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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

Taken from the author's site:

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?

Cammie Morgan may be 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 Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for 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, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

When I first saw this at the bookstore, I knew I had to buy it. I mean, with a title like that, who wouldn't want to read it? :)

I must say that the book has a very unique concept, indeed. Teenage girls training to become spies? Never heard of that one before. And I think that's one of the best things this series has going for it. As for the first book, as expected, I did had fun reading it. The characters were all likable (wait, there is such a word, right?), especially Cammie - I loved reading the book from her perspective! Throw in a hot, new teacher, an also new bitchy roommate, and an uber cute teenage boy, and yay!, you have yourself another great YA read. :)

My only complaint: It seemed to lack um, a bit more excitement. I'm not sure if I've just been reading too many mystery/paranormal books, but I missed that awesome what's-gonna-happen-next rush in this book.

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 3.5/5


Lana said...

I liked this one, too, though it would have been nice for there to be a bit more at stake.

A series with a similar premise that I enjoyed is Shannon Greenland's The Specialists (first book is Model Spy). You might like that one, too!

Anonymous said...

I can't even imaging trying to be a spy as a teenager! Sounds fun. Perhaps there will be more excitement in later installments.

austenfan said...

@Lana: I already have a copy of the second book, I'm hoping it'll be better than the first one. :) Thanks for the book recommendation, will check that out. :)

@booktumbling: Based on the reviews I read, the next books are way better than the first one, I hope that's true! :)

Anonymous said...

I loved the concept of this book - it sounds really interesting! I want to check this one out, and the one that Lana recommended. Yay for more books to add to my to-read list!

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Jenn-ay said...

I've seen this book, but never looked at it...Hmmm I'm thinking I should have. Your description kind of reminded me of Aiias, the show, for some reason. I want to read it!!!

austenfan said...

@alitareads and jenn-ay: It's a fun read. You guys should check it out! :)

@booktumbling: Oh, wow. Thank you! I'll check it out as soon as I post this. :D

Vanessa said...

I liked this one, though I thought the second book was better.

I'll link your review from mine.

austenfan said...

@Notnessie: Thanks! And I really need to start w/ that second book. :)

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