Saturday, 5 October 2013

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

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Published: 25th April 2006
Source: Owned paperback
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. [Goodreads]
Sometimes, when I've had enough of heartache, sadness and dire situations in books, I turn to ones like this - fun, easy reads that have varying degrees of girly 'drama', and that's exactly what this was. The fact that the Gallagher Academy is a school for spies did entice me in further, I think I dreamed of being a spy for much of my childhood - this would have been a dream come true for me!

On the whole, the book lived up to what I was expecting. Cammie Morgan has all the promise to become a fantastic spy, along with her friends, but the fact that she had no idea what to do when it came to boys made her very endearing. All the characters you meet at the Gallagher Academy really make the book work, they move the story along at a great pace and they just seem to gel well together. It's what I would describe as a 'nice' book - not a fantastic word to use, and I do remember getting told off all the time in school for using it in work, but that's what it is.
I did really enjoy the spy elements of it, they added an extra layer to the story and kept me the most interested. The actual school 

building is something I really want to explore more too. What is on CoveOps Level 2? Where do all the secret passages lead? It feels like I have a large world laid out in front of me and I'm only allowed to see around a couple of corners and doors at the moment - I'm itching to know more!

However, the relationship in the book between Cammie and Josh fell flat for me. It needed way more page space to make it believable, and as this seemed to be one of the main premises of the book, it was disappointing. Even though I knew this book would never make me feel as though the romance was compelling, I did want something more than a few flirtations between them before they suddenly were together. Also, the complications that Cammie should have had due to living a secret life whilst trying to have a boyfriend who knew nothing about her never seemed that taxing to her, but maybe I'm getting too ahead of myself and need to read the other books!
On that note, I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. The ending had me wanting to grab the next book, so I do feel invested in them but it was a shame I didn't really feel the romance in this book. There are also so many in the series that it feels quite daunting, however, it was a fun, cute read that kept me entertained so I may decide to carry on!

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