Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover

by Ally Carter

I want to be a spy.
I'm serious, I really, truly do. (Please don't laugh!) As in, I ache a little when I read about such things. Books like the Gallagher Girls series (of which this is the third), the Kiki Strike series, Genius Squad, etc. all make me want to be an honest-to-goodness teen spy or detective or something like that.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover starts at the end of summer vacation, but quickly moves into the girls' junior year at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. (FYI: you're going to want to read the previous two books in order to appreciate this one.) Cammie's pal Macey is under the eye of the world as Macey's father runs for vice president of the US. As threats and kidnapping attempts surround Macey's new life, it seems as if the girl she used to be is slowly getting lost under her new cover....

It was perfect timing to read this, with the book's prominent election theme being particularly intriguing. (Since we ourselves have been currently gearing up in real life for a historical Election Day happening today!) There were times while reading when the pacing felt a little off and I really wished I could hear more about the girls' new classes. But overall I enjoyed it very much. Plenty of action, suspense, and a bit of character-development. A couple of new characters were introduced, both of whom I grew to be quite fond of.

I'll be interviewing the author for the upcoming Winter Blog Blast Tour, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I'm looking into a summer spy camp offered by a college on the East Coast....

(disclaimer: sorry, guys, this book won't be released till June '09...)

36 comments:

Edge said...

It's Patrick Henry College, right? GO. It is seriously, without a doubt, the coolest, most amazing camp on earth. I would have loved to go when I was older, because I went when I was 14 and got stuck with some...rather immature people, which frustrated me. But oh, my goodness, go to that camp. It is beyond amazing. I want to go again now.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Isn't that the best title ever?!

Erin said...

Edge - we should BOTH go! This summer!

Jessica - It really is. :)

anilee said...

I can't wait to read this. :-)

You'd make a great spy. ;-)

(And you and Edge should both go and then take a cove-up to DC. And then let me know 'cause I could probably find a way there....)

Emily Ruth said...

east coast? you could come see traci and everyoneee :D
Spy camp... oooh fun

The Real Katie said...

oooh! i love those books! i didn't know the third one was out! SWEET!

Priya said...

I haven't read this book yet but it looks great. I'll make sure to check it out from the library!

Spy camp??? Sounds like fun. Hope you get to go!

Sarahbear9789 said...

Erin, I want to be a spy, but I have crutches and such.
I love the title. I can't wait to read.

cuileann said...

:D

TadMack said...

I think you'd rock the spying. With the innocent face and all. And remember: JULIA CHILD was a SPY.

Whoo!
I have to admit that I really love the spy novels, too.

Edge said...

Oh, I want to go again SO SO badly. I wish real life was like the GG novels. I would be a spy in a heartbeat.

thatonegirlemily said...

I absolutely adored the first book. I can't wait to get my hands on this and the second one! Great review!

Traci said...

AHHHH... cooll!

Jackie Parker said...

And...wouldn't that have been nice to have when we were picking read-alikes for this month's Readergirlz pick?

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is currently on my TBR list, and you've certainly whet my appetite for this one! Great title!

(I'm reading--and loving--Kiki Strike right now!)

Em said...

Ahhh, I'm so jealous! I've been drooling over this book ever since I heard she was writing a third. :)

Great review!

Little Willow said...

Looking forward to this book!

cococola said...

i luv that series!!!!!!!!!!!

Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Ah! Patrick Henry? Wow, I did that one. You should totally go. It was a complete blast. :)

Ms. Yingling said...

I want to be a spy like Mrs. Pollifax when I am old(er) and look harmless. There are all sorts of spies. I am sure you could be one. (Want to read this NOW!)

Anonymous said...

I too wanted to be a girl going to a secret spy school

one question is Zack or Josh going to be in it because hello we have got to see the romance between cammie and Zack blosom

Erin said...

Anonymous: Zack is in it, yep!

Anonymous said...

I CANNOT WAIT TILL JUNE FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
haha i love this series too much

Anonymous said...

How did you get to read the 3rd series?!?!?!?!?!?! i LOVE the series and i have been anxiously waiting for the 3rd 1 2 come out but i dont think i can wait any longer!!!!!!!! how did you get to read it!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many more books Ally Carter is going to write of the series?
thx
:)

Erin said...

I think Ally said there's going to be six books total, but don't quote me on that.

Breezy said...

how could you have possibly read it if the book doesn't come out until... June?

Anonymous said...

Erin, I was just wondering if you could tell me -

Is the whole book about like, macey and politics? =/

Because from the synoposis that's how it seems, but I liked in the first two how it was more about school life and coveops and boys. And Cammie mainly, i dont want it to be a lot about macey.

Or is there more to it than is in the synoposis?

Thanks in advance! (:

Anonymous said...

i love this title! i've read ALL her books and i thing that this is the best yet. i
'm obessed with her books and i truly enjoy what she writes! i so want to be a spy when i grow up!!!

Erin said...

Breezy - the publisher sent me an ARC; Advanced Reader's Copy.

Anonymous - Don't worry, Cammie is still most definitely the main character. The focus does shift to Macey and her story, but it's all through Cammie's eyes and with her thoughts. It's not about politics, believe me, I would've thought that was boring, and boring is one thing this book is NOT. :)

Anonymous said...

does the relationship between zach and cammie develop?

Anonymous said...

how did you even read it? its not even out yet...... it will be june 9. 2009..... i dont get it..........

Erin said...

Anonymous #1: I'm not going to give anything away about relationships, because I know the author wants it kept secret!

Anonymous #2: I got an advanced copy from the publisher.

Anonymous said...

iS ZACK IN THIS BOOK , HOPEFULLY HE IS . i REALLY WANT TO READ ABOUT CAMMIE'S LOVE LIFE AND HER SPY LIFE .

ameliee said...

no one is saying the obvious, so i'll say it. i seriously hope that Cammie ends up with Zach :DD in a happily-ever-after-scene. truly i do. doesn't anyone else think they're just perfect for each other? i love the series. books like these make me want to become a kick ass spy and join the ATF or CIA or something. haha.

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