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Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (Audio)

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Publisher: Brilliance Audio (Audio);  Disney Hyperion (Print)

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 29 June 2010 (Audio);  29 June 2010 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  9781455856237 (Audio),  1423128206 (Print)
Format: Audio
Audio Length:  6 discs (~6.5 hrs)
Narrator: Renée Raudman
The Author on the Web:

Ally Carter – Official Site
Ally Carter – Blog
Ally Carter – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: London, England // Roseville, Virginia //Upstate New York

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Gallagher Girl Series Order

Book 4 – Only the Good Spy Young
Book 5 – Out of Sight Out of Time
Book 6 – Untitled (~2013)
First Line: “Targets acquired, ten o’clock.”

I really enjoyed the first three books of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and so when Only the Good Spy Young was released I rushed out to get it only to find that I could never get into the story. I tried several times at the prompting of friends who all proclaimed it the best in the series but nothing about it held my attention. I was so tired of hearing just how smart Cammie was supposed to be and how much of a chameleon that she was when her actions never lived up to her description. But eventually I knew I had to see what happened next and so I downloaded the audio from audible.com
In the end, for me, this was the book where NOTHING happened. I mean nothing. It was a whole lot of filler and set up for what was to come up next in the series. We learn nothing new or important in this book. Other than that the Circle of Cavan is this ancient terrorist group that really seems to have no purpose and yet is somehow fixated on kidnapping a teen girl. Never once do we learn why Cammie is so important to this group but we do get to hear her whine a lot about being their target. 
There is also a lot more cryptic appearances from Cammie’s love interest Zach, who I really just want to punch. Especially when he does that whole pointing at himself thing and saying spy. Its seriously annoying.  It also often baffles me that Cammie and her friends can be so clueless and inept one moment and then in the next they are doing things that seasoned operatives can’t seem to manage. Trying to figure out the true nature of some of these characters is like trying to force two mismatched puzzle pieces together. We are often told one thing (often over and over) but then what we are shown doesn’t live up. 
And have I mentioned that NOTHING HAPPENS in this book? I don’t get why there are some out there were claim its the best in the series so far. There is nothing new learned and I just keep asking myself over and over what is it about Cammie that makes her so special? I don’t get it. I also don’t get the purpose of the Circle the seem like the most pointless terrorist group ever since they don’t seem to want anything. Well, other than Cammie. This whole book was enough to make my head hurt…and I am really close to breaking up with this series.
About the narrator: 
The best thing that I can say about Renée Raudman is that she didn’t make me want to stick a fork in my eye…but let me tell you it was only just barely. In some ways she excelled at her narration because she really made the annoying teen character of Cammie come alive as an annoying teen girl. In other ways though her narration was pretty horrid. Her British accents were ATROCIOUS and her male voices were barely tolerable and kept slipping. Her southern accent for Liz was just eye twitchy and Macey just sounded so very OLD and not from the northeast. I think I only really managed to stick with this audio because it was so short.

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