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...)