Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
1) This is a story to introduce. It simply introduces you to Cammie, her life, her friends and what they do at a school called Gallagher Academy. I found that in the books after this, the first book doesn’t really apply. It was just made because Ally Carter had an interesting idea that led into a bunch of other ideas about the same setting, but not necessarily building on the first book like most series tend to do. So technically, I’d say this is more of partner/introduction novel to the rest of the series.
2) This is in no way the best spy book I have ever read.
3) This is a girl book aka a chick flick, in case you didn’t notice by the title. (Which was of a heck of lot longer than most of titles I write).
Building on point number 3, I was honestly disappointed by this series. It seems like girl spy books aren’t taken that seriously anymore. It’s all about romance and ‘most dangerous mission of all’. Romance, technically, is NOT the most dangerous mission of all. The only girl I liked in this story was Bex, Cammie’s best friend, but not really anyone else. If anything, the only good I really liked in this series was the second-to-last one, which, sorry to say, was kind of a long time to wait for the book I wanted to read.
Yes, I do think that Ally Carter is a pretty good writer. I was a fan of her Heist Society series, which was actually pretty cool. It was just this series that I didn’t like. I, like many other people have, rounded. The reason why I gave this book 4 stars on GoodReads was because I couldn’t give it 3.5 stars.
I can see how this would be appealing to other teenage girls, but after you’ve read Ian Fleming, Robert Muchamore, Robert Ludlum, Suzanne Collins, Ann Aguirre and other kick butt spy/action novels, it’s kind of hard to be impressed by this. Sorry for being the one to ruin it, guys. It’s like this, except the other way around: (I actually love this pic…)
Now, for what I did like about this series. After about the third or fourth book, this series actually gets pretty interesting. Cammie herself wasn’t bad as a character, but I didn’t like the way Ally Carter made her sound in her narration. There are some aspects to this book that actually will make you laugh and smile, and I appreciated that, but some of Ally Carter’s sentences sounded like she meant them to be funny but they weren’t funny to me, which was a bummer.
This book did keep me amused, and it brought a lot of new ideas into my mind–as every new book does, regardless of being good or bad, so I did enjoy it. This book makes a great gift for girls 12-15, or girls who are reluctant readers.
pg count for the hardcover: 284
Series: Gallagher Girls
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Personally, I would much rather recommend this book than I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, it made more sense, was better organized, had better characters and was more of an all-around, great spy/thief book.
Synopsis: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
pg count for the hardcover: 284
Series: Heist Society