Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Genre: YA Fiction

Publication Date: October 2007

One Word Review: Entertaining

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First Line
: "Just be yourself," my mother said, as if that were easy."

: Despite Cammie's best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests--code name: Blackthrone. Then she's blamed for a security breach that leaves the school's top secret status at risk. Soon Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Blackthorne and clear Cammie's name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and hotter), and the stakes for Cammie's heart--and her beloved school--are higher than ever.

Kathy's Review
: This was a fun sequel to the first book as we're reunited with a lot of our favorite characters. I enjoyed the storyline and it was fun returning to the Gallagher Academy. The story moves along quickly and definetly kept my interest. I think if you enjoyed the first book you'll like this one as well. There were a few things that made me like this book a litte less than the first one, but I still think it was a lot of fun. I love how creative it is, how clean it is and it left me wanting to go to spy school all over again.

I felt Cammie was lacking something. In her attempts to be "normal" she lost some of her charm and kick-butt attitude. I also missed the fun interaction that she had with her friends in the first book, it seemed like Bex wasn't around as much this time around. It also seemed like the boys were better at just about everything...I wanted to see the girls be a little tougher, smarter, and I felt like the girls just didn't bring their A-game. Don't get me wrong, I still really liked the book, those are just a couple things that I wish had been a little different.

Bookworm Rating: 4

Reading Order
Book Two: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Book Three: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Book Four: Only the Good Spy Young


  1. I got the first book of this series and Moroni saw it and told me "I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover...but that ones looks like it could be fun!" I think I should keep him around. I look forward to reading this series. Hugs...

  2. I agree that it was like the girls weren't trying. But it is such a fun series. Not the strongest of the series but still fun.


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