Sunday, September 15, 2013

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

I LOVE THIS BOOK. I'm re-reading the series right now because the sixth and final book, United We Spy, was just released. I can't wait to refresh my memory so I can be pumped for the finale! I also have a giveaway on this book right now (until 9/30) if you haven't had a chance to read it!

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?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

For some reason, this book has mixed reviews, but I will set you straight: this book is not worth missing. The characters, the atmosphere, the dialogue... all of it is just what I need to pick me up on a bad day.
Even though, I have read the entire series (minus United We Spy) this review is just going to be centered around the first book. 
One of the things that I love about the main character is that she seems to realize that she isn't going anywhere with this boy. She doesn't let him take over her life, they don't have a dramatic romance, she isn't plunging off a cliff every time they are separated. It seems to make the romance lighter and cute, almost. (Lemme just tell ya, the next few books are far from "cute". Those books are INTENSE. Just sayin'.)
The characters are all built so slowly and nicely. It's like there are Legos, each one being slowly connected and built to make a sturdy structure (however, that doesn't mean that the Lego-human can't break at any moment with a simple dissemblance).
These books are also really quick reads that don't pretend to be anything more than they are. As for the humor, I like it. Cammie will often through in a quick, witty line that talks about a fact of the school or her spy training, and there are a lot of facts. Without her wit, it would have just been an info-overload. She built a bridge between the humor and the serious.
I liked how Cammie realized that she was a "Chameleon" as well and didn't see anything bad by it. Many times, we as humans see solidity as a bad thing, but she doesn't base her entire being around a central fact. It's more like she can easily blend in and not be seen. She's not antisocial or weird she's just a Chameleon.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Over and out,

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