Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Review-Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the second book in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series for young adults. Cameron and her classmates are surprised and intrigued by some new completely unexpected additions to the student body at Gallagher Academy. The inclusion of boys from a previously unknown school throw the girls for a loop, causing some competition and a little more primping before classes.

This was another fun and fast-paced book. Once again, however, there was a big similarity to the HP books that I would be surprised if nobody else caught. It really reminded me of Goblet of Fire with the other school coming to stay for awhile, the kids learning to dance for a ball, etc.

Still, give it a try. The spy angle makes it different and their covert operations training makes in interesting and suspenseful. All in all, a fun book full of smart girls that teens will enjoy reading about.


Source: purchased


Monday, June 28, 2010

More Baby Knitting

I have so much cute baby knitting to show off and more in the works. I really need to get busy with taking photos . I have a couple hats to share and the cutest little socks all knit up. Next to go on the needles will be a cute little sweater that I will start next weekend on the first day of the Tour de France for the annual TdF KAL.  There should be some regular updates during those three weeks.

Happy Knitting!

New Books! New Books!

And somehow one even managed to make it all the way to CA through the mail. Yay, USPS! Glad to know forwarding worked.

First up, Inside Out by Barry Eisler for review sent by the author. Both the hubby and I are excited to read this new one. I may have to go sit out at Borrone's to read it since that is where it was most likely written. 

My second book was a B&N clearance purchase of Tess Gerritsen's The Keepsake.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book 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)The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Girls is seen by the locals as a place for the rich and spoiled but they could not be more wrong. The school is really a training school for spies. Yes, spies. The girls have classes on Covert Operations, Culture and Assimilation, etc. They are dangerous, smart and highly qualified to join the CIA once done with school.

Cameron, the headmistresses daughter, meets one of the local boys during a training mission in town and begins a secret relationship with him. It takes all her knowledge and skills that she has learned to keep her true identity a secret.

I was rather surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book. I haven't had the best of luck with my YA book choices lately for some reason, but this book was just what I needed. Smart, interesting girls, fun and mysterious setting, boy troubles. It was perfect.

I did notice some eerie similarities to a certain other book series set at a specialized and secret school for training young wizards, but the differences kept it interesting.


Source: purchased