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Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review- Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them. As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe? Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth...

I absolutely love this series- it's so funny, original, suspenseful, and just all-around great. Carter's newest installment doesn't disappoint and, in fact, is probably the best of all 3 so far. The stakes are higher in this one and the overall tone is darker than the previous two. But it makes sense- a spy life isn't always going to be about taking tests; the real world has to come in sometime. I really enjoyed reading about Cammie's adventures and Carter does a great job with the spy lingo and descriptions as well as the classes and missions that Cammie and her friends do. A few questions are answered here, but way more get raised. There is a cliffhanger and I've heard from some people that it's a big one but for some reason, with me, I didn't think it was all that big. I'm still wanting to read the next book and want it now, but I'm not angry at Ally for the cliffhanger like I have been with some authors in the past, lol. This is a fantastic series and I really hope you all check it out!


  1. I've only read the first book in this series-- and I only just read it last week-- but I loved it and am looking forward to reading more!

  2. I totally second that. Your review was pretty much everything that I would have written, had I written a review. =)
    I think the series is phenomenal, very exciting, and it just draws the reader in. Each book has a different plot, and yet it flows so naturally from one to the next. I just read this book about a month ago and can't wait for the fourth. The cliffhanger wasn't as dramatic as people make it out to be, but the story is so exciting you just can't wait for the next part!

  3. Hi I was wondering if you wuld do a translation ofyour books because i live in france and all my friends would love to read your books & are you going to wright an another book in this serie ?? I love them there are so graet all 3 of them !!!

  4. I really want to read this series. Greta review!

  5. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! :)

    Laura93- This is just a review of Ally Carter's newest book. I am not actually Ally Carter, so I have no idea about what's going on with foreign rights. However, I can tell you that there is a 4th book coming out eventually. If you want to contact Ally, go to her website here: http://www.allycarter.com