Monday, July 21, 2008

Return to the Gallagher Academy

This second installment in the Gallagher Girls (school for spies) series sees Cammie recovering from the aftermath of her relationship from the first book. She is back at school, and even her broken-hearted distraction is not enough to hide the fact that something strange is going on at the school - something that her own mother, the headmistress, is keeping from her as well as all the other students.

Glad to have a mystery to keep her mind from other matters, Cammie sinks her teeth into this one, with the help of her fellow genius spy-student friends. In a school where the students learn dozens of languages, martial arts, and covert operations, the girls seem to have life fairly under control. But when a previously unconsidered element enters the equation, everyone is a bit flummoxed. Assassins? No problem. Bombs? No sweat. But boys? Not a clue.

It turns out that successfully dealing with matters of the heart entails more than analytical skills and a solid grounding in espionage skills. To add to Cammie's confusion, it seems that there are things about her father's disappearance that her mother is concealing from her.

I enjoyed this second book in the Gallagher Girls series, and it was an enjoyable one to listen to on CD. The series is lighthearted, funny and sweet, with a dash of suspense and romance to liven things up. While it does seem as though Cammie rather conveniently alternates between razor-sharp genius and completely idiotic teenager for the sake of the plot, the premise is such fun that it hardly seems to matter. Many unanswered questions are raised in this installment, so I imagine Cammie will be back in an intriguing sequel to this volume of the series. At least I certainly hope so!

Book in the Gallagher Girls series:
1. I'd Tell You I Love You, But then I'd Have to Kill You
2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (#2 in the Gallagher Girls series) by Ally Carter; narrated by Renne Raudman (Brilliance Audio, 2007)

Also reviewed at:
Sarah's Young Adult Book Blog
Sassymonkey Reads
What I'm Reading


  1. I've seen a few reviews of this and thought it looked interesting. Great review!

  2. I need to read this series, but alas my library (which I have just discovered has a smattering of English books, better in YA than adult) does not have it. Drat! I might have to buy the first book, though it's one of those "what if I don't like it" moments. Though everyone including sassymonkey (one of my best friends) seems to have enjoyed it. I feel like the second book is taunting me and showing up everywhere I look!

  3. Thanks, Ladytink - it is an interesting, entertaining series so far.

    Cat - I know what you mean when a book starts stalking you - it must be a sign! Working in a library has made me a very careful book buyer (that and my bulging book shelves at home), so yes, I also know what you mean about wanting to test drive the book first. I'll be interested to hear what you think if you do end up reading the series!

  4. OMG this bookwas awsome!! I read it at the start of this year and im so mad though that shes making us wait till next year to put the next book out and she said that there would be like nine more im not sure.But it was an awsome book that everyone should read!!!!!

  5. Tabitha - thanks for stopping by! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this, too. It IS hard to wait for the next book to come out, isn't it! I recently heard that they might be making the first book into a movie, but I haven't had a chance to check on that yet. If they do it right, it could be a lot of fun!

  6. Where are all the bad guys? The book is good, sure - but sometimes you just need a bad guy to make life hard. Not that her life is easy, but it could be harder ;)

    Enjoyed it, even if little things annoyed me, and will be waiting for the next one - not so long now =)

  7. Denise - Glad you enjoyed it! But yeah, bad guys do help up the tension. :-) We'll have to see what happens in the next one, I guess.

  8. I've read the third one and I think it's as good as the others - even though I got a little confused.
    But, then again, that usually happens half of the time, so I think you'll like this if you liked the others.
    It's so sweet - hardcore spies who are yearning for guys and try to understand them :-)

  9. Denise - Oh, I'm so glad to hear it! I keep seeing it on the shelf at my library, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'll have to get to it soon!


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