Thursday, May 10, 2012

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney*Hyperion
Pages: 263Series or Stand Alone: Book Three in the Gallagher Girls books
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.

Cammie’s excited to spend the end of the summer in Boston with Macey and her family, until the girls are attacked on a rooftop and Macey is nearly kidnapped by scary, unknown operatives. Back at school, Macey deals with her fear and the aftermath of her attack by becoming increasingly introverted, while her friends to what they can to find information. The Gallagher girls must become part of Macey’s private security on the campaign trail in order to find out the truth--what the kidnappers were after was nothing Cammie and her friends could have guessed.
This was the first Gallagher Girl book that focused a bit more on one of the other Gallagher Girls. Although Cammie is still the narrator and the driving force of the narrative, a lot more information is given about Macey and her family life because of her kidnapping and the annoyance she demonstrates towards Preston, the presidential candidate’s son.
I find that mysteries are the way to go with these books. The driving mystery in this one is of course, why are the kidnappers after Macey in the first place? There are other, smaller mysteries that provoke intrigue as well, such as why Zach keeps popping up in the same places as Cammie?
This book furthers some of the overarching storylines in Carter’s series. The kidnappers set a fairly big plotline into motion. I find the more that connects these stories, the more I like them. The overarching stories add more depth to Cammie’s life. The first book seems like a superlight stand alone novel compared to the ensuing books.
Another good installment to the Gallagher Girls series, though I think I enjoyed Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy a bit more. The danger is increasing and more information is being revealed about Cammie’s friends and mentors, which can only be a sign of bad things but good plot points to come.

Rating: 3.5 - fair/good

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