Friday, November 20, 2009

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: Cammie is at it again. This time, she's got a bigger problem than love on her hands... she's got to pass her CoveOps pop quiz. The Gallagher Girls are headed to Washington DC with a mission. Get to the Ruby Slippers without being tailed by a certain time. Do it. Now. She thinks she's accomplished the mission, but in reality, she's spilled all of her mission details to her tail, a cute boy in a baseball cap who offered to walk with her. This failure introduces you to the mysterious Zach, and offers up an important question to the girls. Could there indeed be a spy school for boys? They get back to the Academy and start doing spy work of their own to find out, and the rest of the story unfolds from there.

Verdict: I Heart It! Loved the first installment, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You even more than I hearted this one. There were some points in this book where I went, "C'mon now girls, I thought you were supposed to be spies. You're JUST NOW figuring this out?" But it's still a great book and it's still a fun read. I'd say it's got a bit of your typical second book awkwardness going on for it wherein the author tries to establish a potential for more stories while staying true to the world they've created in the first installment. I didn't giggle nearly as much as I did in the first one, but like I said before, it's still worth your time.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Gallagher Academy

What is the main character's name?
Cammie Morgan

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Yes. She's quite likable.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
probably a lot longer than it should have - I read it during the Read-A-Thon. Around five hours I think.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?

Is this a good read for Monster?
Probably not. This is more girl power than he usually likes. (Not that he's like sexist or something)

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
I'd move the first parts of the plot along faster.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"What is it, Gallagher Girl?" He asked, sliding his hands into his pockets. "No snappy comebacks? Nonexistent cat named Suzie got your tongue?"

How many chapters were in the book?


Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition
Publish Date: December 23, 2008
ISBN-10: 031602712X

Acquire It:

  • This book is the second in a series. The first is I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You and the third is Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover.
  • Check out Ally Carter's website for more info on these books.
  • Follow Ally on Twitter (@officiallyally).
  • There's even a Wikipedia entry about Ally.
  • The first book, I'd Tell You I Love You..., has been optioned for a film by Disney which IMDB lists as In Development for release in 2012.

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