Friday, 17 February 2012

Review: Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Only The Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4) by Ally Carter
Published by Orchard 2010

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when she faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past....

This review officially completes my personal Gallagher Girls challenge, and I have to say that this series is great beyond a shadow of a doubt. Ally Carter is quickly becoming one of my authors to watch out for because she's done such a great job with both Gallagher Girls and Heist Society.

At the start of the book, Cammie is spending winter break with Bex and her parents. While there, she learns that one of the people she trusts most in her life is actually a rogue double-agent, working for the organisation that are after her. She doesn't know who to trust anymore, and she isn't safe anywhere.

This got off to a bit of a slow start, but from the middle onwards the action really picks up. Again, this book is more action and espionage than romance, which was good because there weren't many romantic distractions while I was focusing on what was happening in the story. There are also a lot more secrets, lies and suspicions, not to mention secret-revealing now that everyone knows that a double-agent was among them. Zach is also present, although he does come and go but he's more of a fixed figure in this book than in previous ones in that makes sense. We get to know Zach a bit more because there is some secret-revealing regarding him, and they are shockers. Zach and Cammie do have some sweet moments as well. Now on to the action. I was constantly guessing and being suspicious along with Cammie , and you never really know who to trust throughout. The action scenes were beyond amazing because they were amplified by the secret-revealing, and you can really read into Cammie's feelings, particularly her shock and her sense of betrayal. The pages up to the ending were absolutely action=packed and shocking, which made the actual ending have a lot more impact. The ending left me wanting more right away, and I can't wait for the next instalment, which comes out in April. Overall, this book is one of the best in the series; it's action-packed and keeps you on your toes throughout. 

5 stars

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