Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by: Ally Carter

Book: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Spy Novel

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.

Why I read this Book:

Book the third of awesomesauce (okay so I went on a binge, whatever.  Books are healthy!)!

Reaction/Review:

So this book has kind of an odd starting point. The second book was a natural rolling off part from the first book and the plot felt organic from the first book for the second.  But the third, well it is taking elements we are already aware of, but they where inactive elements, background elements.

Also this whole plot line is a look over here, see this hand moving, pay attention to this hand.  See it?  Good!  Then wham at the end they hit you in the stomach with the other hand.  And it’s not like it didn’t make sense in every way, because the twist totally works.  It just hurts like hell is all.

Final Thoughts:

This book is the turning point. Like in Harry Potter when things start to get darker, and you sit up and go what the deuce, but keep going with it because dudes you have to know and you already love the series.  That is what this book was like.  Sit up take notice; this isn’t just some light play about boys and spying.  We’re going to get serious and you are going to come with us.

Rating: 8/10

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