Friday, September 17, 2010

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover - Ally Carter

This is the third book in the Gallagher Girls Series.  Read our reviews of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (#1) and Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (#2).

Summary: 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...  (Summary from the book cover - Image from www.allycarter.com )

My Review:   Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover is an charming afternoon read. It doesn’t require much thought and and is youthful and sassy without being provocative. As the series matures, so do all the spies students at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women.  Cammie and her friends are getting wiser and nosier as they deal with the increasingly dangerous situations, emotional turmoil, and the intense training that comes with a higher security clearance. As always, their seemingly chronic aversion to following the rules lands the girls in a heap of trouble, and this time it is the life and death kind.

While still as funny as ever, this book felt a bit sloppier than the others--probably because the storyline became more complex and left more room for error-- but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A slightly predictable plot twist served to make this book more of a bridge between one story and the next, rather than a complete story in and of itself, but I think that fans of the series will still be entertained enough to want to read the next one (Only the Good Spy Young).  Our library doesn’t have a single print copy. Looks like I’m going to have to hack their server and order it for them*.

*Just kidding. I can’t do that.

My Rating: 3.75 Stars  For the sensitive reader: This book is a little more mature than its predecessors, but still stays fully within the young adult genre.

Sum it up: Not quite as good as the previous two, but still humorous, exciting, and essential reading if you plan to complete the series.

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