Monday, 5 August 2013

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she manoeuvre a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love

I thought Ally Carter's first Gallagher Girls novel was fun, even though it's not my normal type of book.  While I'm interested in spy-schools (although the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is still no match for Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, even if the protocol for uninvited visitors was rather hilarious!) I wasn't too keen on the exclamation marks after every other sentence, nor the plot surrounding Josh.  Which technically was the whole plot.  Never mind, as for what I needed at the time, I'd Tell You...did the trick.  I didn't have to engage brain and stress out even more; I could just read, enjoy the Buffy references that are always appreciated, and then move on. 

Now that I've finally read one, I'm not surprised that this series made it onto so many other bloggers of Top Ten Tuesday light and fluffy posts, as those two words perfectly sum up I'd Tell You...I've got the next two books in the series waiting to be read, and I'm hoping that they provide the same sort of fun escapism.

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