Monday, March 23, 2009
I found out about Ally Carter through the amazing website/blog called Free Book Friday Teens edition, which branches of the main website Free Book Friday, that is both founded by author Jessica Brody. I'm so glad that I read and even heard the wonderful podcast interview of Jessica and Ally talking about her young adult series the Gallagher Girls, which is about an all girls spy school. I also recommend that you all listen to it also so you can decide for yourselves if you agree with me about Ally Carter's experience in writing young adult novels about girl spies. She has an upcoming novel, on June 9, 2009, in her Gallagher Girls series coming out soon called Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover.
After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester. She is feeling a bit blue now that the semesters over and she has lost the first boy who made her feel like a girl and not some invisible secret agent. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the Gallagher Academy, the premier school in the world…for spies, which is covered up with the lie that it's an all-girls academy for the rich. Despite Cammie’s best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her almost in every OPs mission she's ever been given but that doesn't change this semester when 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, which isn't doing any good for Cammie's piece of mind after last semester's disaster. Soon Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Blackthorne and clear Cammie’s name, even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and shorter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart—and her beloved school—are higher than ever.
I absolutely loved reading about Cammie Morgan in the first book and was excited to get my hands on the second book. I devoured it in less than a day I was so enraptured with the Gallagher Girls in this second novel after an action packed Fall semester in the first book. In the first book Cammie and her best friends Bex and Liz make a new friend, the daughter of their state senator. Now that Cammie has met and has had to give up the only normal guy who really saw her things start to get more interesting in the Spring semester for the Gallagher Girls. There is a very big and shocking secret being hidden from the Gallagher Girls by the headmaster, Cammie's mom, and the other staff members. There is so much going on in this novel that I want to talka about but then I'd have to kill you...no I'm just kidding I just don't want to spoil the book for any new readers. So I will say I didn't expect anything that happened in throughout the novel when I started the second book but it was GREAT!
I saw that as the novel progressed Cammie along with her two BFFs are really growing up so much since the first book in a goodway since their future line of work is dangerous. I was feeling conflicting emotions as I finished the second book because I wanted to find out how it would end but I was also dreading the ending to such a wonderful novel. But end the novel did so I was just glad that there are going to be more novels about Cammie and her friends as well as the rest of the Gallagher Girls in the future. Ally Carter delivers a wonderfully exhilirating continuation to the amazingly intelligent Gallagher Girls series that is sured to capture your attention from the start to finish of the series. I give this book 4 Open Books:
Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
CROSS MY HEART & HOPE TO SPY $ 8.99 (Book 2)(236 Pages)
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 Gallagher Academy, the premier school in the world…for spies. Despite Cammie’s best intentions 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 Blackthorne and clear Cammie’s name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and shorter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart—and her beloved school—are higher than ever.

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