Saturday, September 26, 2009

Review: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls Book : Two)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: December 23, 2009

Summary: After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world…for spies. Cammie may have a genius I.Q., but there are still a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like, will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble is she really in after what happened last semester? And most of all, why is her mother acting so strangely?Despite Cammie’s best intensions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests—code name : Blackthorne. Then she’s blamed for a security breach that leaves the school’s top secret status at risk. Soon, Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Balckthorne and clear Cammie’s name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and Hotter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart—and her beloved school—are higher than ever.

I read the first book in the series and I loved it. I was very excited to read this book and I just couldn’t wait. So when I started this book, I had expectations. But now that I’ve read the book…I’m a little disappointed.
This book was not what I had expected it to be. I read and re-read the summary and I even read an excerpt...but it just wasn’t the same. It just wasn’t what I had imagined the next book in the series to be like. It just fell short on my expectations. I mean, the title and the cover are just as interesting as the first book but somehow it just wasn’t the same.
It started out just great. The speed of the novel was great but then it began to get a little too fast. I mean one second I’m in D.C., then next I’m back at the Academy and all of a sudden the girls are snooping around the place. But then it got better. I personally thought that “Blackthorne” was an interesting twist. I also loved the other male characters of the story such as Zach.
This book was very original, even compared to the first book. And I think Ally did a very good job with it. Now I can’t wait for the third book in the series. I recommend this book to everyone who liked the first one. And if you haven’t read the first book, I suggest you read it!

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