Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review of Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Series: Gallagher Girls (#4)
Pages: 265
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published: June 19th, 2010
IBSN: 9781423128205

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

Only The Good Spy Young is the fourth book in the Gallagher Girl series. The series revolves Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan, a spy in training at Gallagher Academy - a school for spies under the cover of a boarding school.

The books in the series seem to be getting progressively more serious, from missions for Covert Ops class to being targeted by a terrorist organisation. Only The Good Spy Young had more action and suspense than the books before it, and was as captivating as the others.

When reading a series, I usually find the characters flat, with not much development past the first book. The Gallagher Girls series is an exception to that, with Cammie and her friends becoming stronger and more independent as the story progresses. They're all likable, loyal characters, each with their own quirks.

The mysterious Zach makes more appearances in this book, and we learn more about his background. Instead of just popping up to warn Cammie, he fights beside her and her friends. Cammie and Zach's relationship is tested but still grows, and it becomes more romantic in this installment of the series.

The plot, like the other books in the series, is compelling. It's unpredictable, suspenseful, and puts in the characters in all kinds of tight places that take no small amount of work to get out of. A lot of mysteries from previous books become clearer, and loyalties are tested.

This books ends on the biggest cliffhanger of the series, and also has the biggest wait so far until the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next.

I give Only The Good Spy Young a 5 out of 5.