Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

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I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You

Title: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Publisher: Hachette
Published: August 7th 2008
Source: Hachette Children's Australia for review

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women lives up to its name. Not only does this exclusive boarding school teach advanced language skills and correct deportment; its students also master the arts of tapping phones, hacking into computers, and spying in public places. At school, second-generation Gallagher Girl Cammie Morgan has impeccable credentials: She is fluent in 14 languages and able to kill an assailant in seven different ways. But recently life has dealt Cammie a card that she never anticipated: She has fallen in love with an ordinary boy who knows nothing about her exotic double life. A truly covert romance.

I deeply regret how long it took me to read this series. Absolutely fabulous is the only way I can describe these books and they honestly exceeded my expectations by a mile! I was under the impression that this novel would simply be about the fun adventures of a teenage spy without a whole lot of substance. Oh, how wrong I was! The characters were loveable and so well developed, the storyline forever exciting and the overall tone of the novel fun, touching and somewhat magical. Whether the characters are attending classes, sneaking out to spy, doing practical exams with amazing teachers or writing reports, I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You is an exhilarating read with no dull moment whatsoever.
I dug in the bottom of my bag and found a very questionable breath mint, and figured that if I was going to die of starvation, I should at least have minty- fresh breath for the benefit of whatever classmate or faculty member would be forced to give me CPR.
Cammie Morgan will be turning sixteen in a month and attends Gallagher Academy where her mother, a retired CIA operative, is the headmistress. She is roommates with her best friends, Elizabeth Sutton and Rebecca Baxter (otherwise known as Liz the Smarty and Bex the Badass), and together they take on everything the world throws at them. Their personalities compliment each other perfectly and it is easy to picture them doing the things they do. When the beautiful Macey McHenry, the daughter of a leading politician, joins their school, sparks fly. While initially seen as a spoilt brat, readers will come to love her when they discover her real personality, lineage and loyalty to her friends. Apart from Cammie herself, Macey is my favourite character. I loved watching her transformation and seeing her learn the ways of being a Gallagher girl.

This first novel is described as Cam's first Covert Operations Report to summarise the events of last semester and mainly focuses on Cam's rendezvous with Josh Abram, an everyday school boy. But you see, everyone is under the impression that the Gallagher Academy is for rich snobs who are too elite to socialise with others, and Cam can't blow her cover as a religious home-schooled girl to dissipate Josh's hatred of her and her friends. The two meet during one of Cam's missions (aka school assessments) and their whirlwind romance, plus a large barrel of lies, spirals from there. Being at a girl's school, Cam and her friends know nothing about boys, what they want and what they mean. Using their spy skills and technology, and with the help of Macey the Boy Speak Translator, they attempt to uncover Josh's feelings for Cam and whether he has ulterior motives. The romance is bittersweet…very bittersweet. While Josh makes Cam feel special and loved, we know that eventually the secrets will come pouring out and nothing can stop that train wreck.

I've always been a sucker for star-crossed lovers, spies and exciting adventures, so it was a no-brainer that I loved this book. A few tears may be shed at the end of this book, either because of the content or the finishing of a great read, and it will be all you can do to get your hands on the sequel.
A whopper name - seriously! Who's read this series? Great, isn't it! :) Absolutely addictive! I read all four books in a day....
Which cover is your favourite? I personally love the UK covers (far right), but the Australian books (middle) have gorgeous colourful spines!

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