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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

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Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 23 Dec 2008
ISBN: 1423100069
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
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Place(s) Traveled to: Roseville, Virginia; Washington DC

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter picks up shortly after the events in I‘d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You leave off. Cammie is on probation, of sorts, for sneaking out of school and using her skills to meet a local boy. Putting Gallagher Academy at risk of exposure for what it really is…a school for spies and not just another private school for the uber rich. This book sees the addition of a group of boys into the all girl school. The Blackmoor Academy – which is the male equivalent to Gallagher.

While I still thought that overall the series is a really cute fun read this book opened up some annoyances for me. Perhaps it just fell into second book syndrome in which more time is spent setting up questions and clues for future story lines that the plot for this book falls flat. I liked the new character of Zach and felt that he was a good fit for Cammie but he could also be such a pompous a$$. lol Every time she tried to question him on how he knew something his response would be to point to himself and say “spy”. And yet he’d not rest until he had Cammie reveal her reasons/techniques for things. That sort of one sided relationship didn’t sit well with my inner feminist. To get through I had to keep telling myself that Cammie is a teen girl with a crush and that her inner insecuries wouldn’t allow her to push harder for answers.

For me this book wasn’t as fresh as I‘d Tell You I Love You… but it still makes for some good brain candy and because of that I will keep on with the series and see if the questions that get raised in Cross My Heart… get answered.

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