Saturday, 8 May 2010

Review: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter


Publisher: Orchard
Format: Paperback
Released: May 6th, 2010
Grade rating: B


Amazon summary:

Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

Review:

I didn't love this book as much as other people seem to, and it took me quite a while before I felt like I'd really gotten into it. For some reason, I didn't gel with the writing, though I did enjoy the second half a lot more than the first.

I loved the whole idea of Gallagher Academy, along with the teenage super spies that probably have a higher IQ than James Bond. It's such a fun idea, and not something you see every day in YA, especially not on the female side of things. Male protagonists usually dominate when it comes to secret agents and action-packed adventures, but not any more - the Gallagher Girls are here to stay!

After what I thought was a fairly slow start, Cammie meets a normal boy, Josh, and that's when things really get interesting. She turns him into a mission, complete with a written case study and a team of highly trained spies watching his every move. I thought this was hilarious, and so true. I've lost track of how many times I've thought dating could be likened to a covert operation... more often than not, it's a minefield out there!

I can't honestly say I have a stand-out favourite character, though I do like Bex and all her British ways. She's the first non-American girl to attend Gallagher Academy, and she kicks some serious ass. Not only that, she's also a great friend to Cammie, and loyally assists her in all things Josh. Cammie's cool too, though I didn't get to see much of her in action in this book, as it mainly focuses on her difficulty with trying to have a normal life.

I think future books in this series could be really good, and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment. Now that everything is set up, the plot will have free reign of the secretive spy school, and I'm sure there will be some exciting missions in the pipeline.

9 comments:

FlossieT said...

Know what you mean about not loving it as much as others - for me it felt a bit like Harry Potter, but in a spy school, for most of the first half. Such a GREAT title though!

The Book Bug said...

Ahh, thats a shame because I really love it! Great review, btw. IF you do decide to read the others then I hope that you enjoy them more. :)

Donna said...

I really liked it and felt it stood out against a lot of other YA books out there but at least you were intrigued enough, right? Cross My Heart kind of settles in the same avenue and I liked it less than I'd Tell You but they're cute all the same!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really enjoyed this one. I love the sound of a girls spy school, it sound so much more fun than regular school!

Sasha said...

Our UK covers for these are so much prettier! This sounds like one I'll enjoy! Thanks for the review :)

Bookworm said...

I was a bit disappointed by this one, but I LOVE the UK cover!! Great review! (:

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

The title is so catchy! I recently read Heist Society by Ally and loved it, a strong girl protag here too :) Thanks for the review, the concept for this series sounds like fun & hopefully you'll be able to get right into the next ones!

Becky said...

Perhaps this book requires a certain type of sense of humour? It sounds like it should be very tongue in cheek. I'm not exactly sure it is my cup of tea. Are you into spy/action stories? I've just bought in Carol Hedges Spy Girl series for the library. It is going down a storm. (Published by Usborne). Might be worth a try if you're into that kind of read...

Nayuleska said...

Although it didn't grab you straight away, I'm glad you gave it a B :)