Book Review: United We Spy (Gallagher Girl#6) by Ally Carter

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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Pages: 296 (Hardcover)

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Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

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After seven years (that’s right, I started this series when it first came out!) and six books I can say that I am a Gallagher Girl through and through. I have cried with them, fought with them, loved them, and most of all, became them. This has been such a fun ride and most of the characters have grown up and I will miss them all. Even though I was a bit disappointed with this one because of the outcome, I still loved it. Hell, I freaking love this series and it sucks that it’s over but I’ll forever remember my sisters.

A problem that this book has has to be repetition. I got it, they are all spies who go to kick ass school that teaches them how to kill people and steal and pretend and blah blah blah. I got it, I would have appreciated it if this fact wasn’t shoved down my throat every other page.

Ally Carter never fails to reel me in with her amazing writing skills! I swear, I could read her novels all day. The characters, especially the four girls, Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macy have grown up so much and have changed into very close friends and great spies. There’s a ton of action scenes and suspense throughout the book so I never felt bored while reading and the romance between Cammie and Zach is still very strong and sweet but it has always taken the backseat and in United We Spy it’s no different.

United We Spy is the final book. That’s it. And even though I’m still unsure about how I felt about the ending, this is by far one of the best series I’ve ever been fortunate to read. Like any great series, it seems that you have to stumble upon them rather than look for them. I recommend this series to anyone who loves spy novels and are looking for a wild trip that will make you believe that you can be a spy yourself.

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

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Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society#3) by Ally Carter

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Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society#3) by Ally Carter

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Genre: Contemporary, Con Artists and Young Adult

Release Date: Febuary 5, 2013

Pages: 328 (Hardcover)

good good

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want.No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune.

So instead of being the heir-this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

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Ally Carter is one of my favourite authors, right behind Sarah Dessen. She’s so talented, telling stories about kickass teenagers risking their lives and having dangerous lifestyles for the heck of it. I wish I could be like them, beating up bad guys and stealing things and giving them to the rightful owners. But Perfect Scoundrels is something that surprised me. However, it wasn’t a good surprised, it surprised me because I could always predict what was going to happen before it did. Every trick, twist, con, everything. Instead of feeling like apart of Kat’s gang and on a brand new adventure, I felt like the puppet master, always one step ahead. Carter does a good job of entertaining readers with tales about teenage con artists but does a harder job of keeping things fresh.

Perfect Scoundrels just feels really forced. From the second Kat’s crew gets together to the very last page, it feels contrived and not natural in the slightest. I get that Carter is going for the funny, ‘we’re here!’ approach but it doesn’t work well in her favour. Another thing I find really annoying is how predictable the bad guy is. Unlike in the other novels, it took some time and shocked me, but this time it’s too obvious to find any pleasure figuring it all out for myself. The overall plan for the heist/con/whatever is also predictable. It’s very straightforward even without being told exactly what the plan is. Some of the characters are choppy and only serve one purpose in the novel (to help Kat) especially the new ones. With no back story of any sorts, they make the story feel more flimsy and forced.

As I said before, Ally Carter has a craft for creating believable worlds with unmistakable writing that I have come to know and love. It’s smooth and convincing, drawing readers into a world most likely unlike their own with theft and romance. The relationship between Kat and Hale is one of my favourite things about the novel because it’s put to the test and it’s quite realistic with the kind of obstacles that they have to face–Kat trying to fit into Hale’s world while Hale is forced to leave hers.

Overall, not a bad read, its downfall being that it’s very predictable and a few parts feel contrived. Nonetheless the writing is better than ever and some of the characters really grow. I recommend this to anyone who has read Carter’s part work or are looking to get lost in the world of cons, heists, and theft with a fun crew to guide the way.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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Out Of Sight, Out Of Time (Gallagher Girl#5) By Ally Carter

4.3/5-This book was great. But I was expecting more from it, I think Cammie’s spell on me is wearing off.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails. All she wants is to go home. But even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers as Cammie and her friends face their most difficult challenge yet. With only their training and a few clues to guide them, the girls go in search of answers on the other side of the world. But the Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

(My Opinion)

I didn’t like the idea for this story in the series, to be completely honest. I was expecting something more from Ally Carter but I still enjoyed this book. The characters were great, the action was okay with a very intense ending that almost made me believe that it was going to be the end.

The writing style for the previous books seemed better to me than it was for this book. After a while, the way that she started almost every chapter started to annoy the shit out of me. Ally Carter kept things over and over which was fine at first but I found myself just skipping in the middle of the book. Also, I couldn’t remember what half of the characters looked like and I was constantly waiting for her to remind me what Zach or Bex looked like but she didn’t. She reminded me of what Cammie and her family looked like of course, but not the secondary characters which I thought sucked.

The chapters in Out Of Sight, Out Of Time were pretty short and I got through the book in a day. They travelled to a couple of places to help Cammie remember and that part made me laugh at the awkward encounters and sad when the worst happened. I loved the way Ally Carter made everything fit with the puzzle and how Cammie couldn’t barely remember anything. I liked it because it surprised me at some points which is always great. The new characters’ in this book were amazing and very deceiving. Dr. Steve surprised me not only because he had to protect Zach but also because he didn’t want Cammie to get hurt by anyone.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Time is the filth book in the Gallagher Girl series. There will be one more book before the series will be over. I definitely would recommend this series to someone who likes spy books or if you just like some action and romance.