Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls (Book #2)
Author: Ally Carter
Summary: Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.
Review: I’m convinced that it’s impossible to not like these books! Carter strikes again with an entertaining, well-thought out, and well executed novel in the Gallagher Girls series. It also helps that Zachary Goode is about one of the best characters ever. I am not kidding. You can tell that things are starting to get a little more intense, and little more grown up than its predecessor. It’s impossible to tell who to trust and who to keep at a distance; not to mention Cammie had to juggle seeing Josh on several occasions, simultaneously trying to figure out Zach’s motives for the things he does. Again, while it might not be the most educated piece of “literature”, it achieves its overall goal to entertain and amuse.
What I Liked: Spoilers!
- Did I already mention that Zach is awesome? Number one reason I like the sequel to the series better than the first! It only makes sense that since there’s a spy school for girls that there would be one for boys somewhere else, right? And Zach is the epitome of perfect teenager spy heartthrob. It was definitely a breath of fresh air, at least for me, after the “I look like I’m perfect, but not really at all” Josh from the last book. He added a great balance to the book, and I’m grateful it wasn’t an obvious/sped-up romance like what Cammie had with Josh. Just…Zach is better, believe me!
- I just love Carter’s writing! She’s so snarky, and sassy, and fun. It’s just such a great change of pace from the serious/overly-mature writing we seem to get in a lot of young adult fiction. Carter just knows how to execute her sass well and it definitely works. If I was ever in need of a serious smile, I would start by picking up a book by her!
What I Didn’t Like:
- To be honest, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book, if anything at all. If I had to say something, I’d probably say it wasn’t as “captivating” maybe as its predecessor, though that is hardly a complaint. If I had to pick another “little” thing, it would just be that Josh bothered me by moving on so quickly and stepping on up to Dee Dee. I mean…wow, the kids moves fast. Anyway. Just little things! Really not worth mentioning at all!
Overall: Great sequel to a great series! If you haven’t picked it up already, you definitely should, as it will not disappoint you! I’d recommend this probably for ages eleven and up!