Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #4-6

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #4-6

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

I’ve decided to reread one of my all-time favorite series! These books aren’t terribly long, so I was able to binge the first three on the weekend.

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #4
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a great addition to the series, but I felt like this book was a bit slower than the previous one, mostly around the beginning/middle parts.

I liked that we learned more about The Circle, our main villain in the series, which is an organization of double agents. We learn a little bit about why they’re after Cammie and what their motivations are.

Joe Solomon, who is a professor at Cammie’s school and a trusted friend of the family, is one of my favorite characters of the series. We learn more about him and his past in this book, and I liked that we got to focus a bit more on other characters besides Cammie.

The tone of the book definitely shifts here, it gets a bit darker and that’s how it stays through the rest of the series. While it had a bit of a slow start the story does pick up, and the last 50 pages or so were phenomenal. They were filled with angst and adventure, it really kept my attention.

four stars

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #5
Release Date: March 12, 2012
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This is my favorite of the series, hands down. We get like 90% of our questions answered here, finally! 

This book picks up a few months after book 4. Cammie finds herself waking up with no memory how how she spent the summer. The plot basically follows Cammie trying to put together her reconciliation of the summer and get some answers to what happened to her father.

The friendship between Cammie and her roommates is seen in a new light this time around. I love how complex her relationships are with everyone in her life. We also get so much romance between Zach and Cammie in this book. They are completely adorable.

This book brings in a whole slew of emotions. This book made my heart break, okay? None of the previous books made me feel like this, but parts of this book were filled with such sadness and loneliness, gah.

This book is fantastic and will make you feel all the feels.

five stars

United We Spy by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

It’s so sad to see a series that really made an impact on your life as a kid end. This series was with me from ages 11 – 17 and it taught me a lot about loyalty and friendship.

Plot wise I can’t say much. Cammie and her friends are determined to bring down The Circle so of course this book is filled with action, more so than any other book.

Also, I remember when I first saw that cover I started crying. Cammie holding her diploma is everything. Considering we meet her at 15, she was just a child, and she went through so much during her years as a Gallagher Girl, it just made me so emotional.

I can’t recommend this series enough. Cammie, Macey, Bex, Liz, and Zach all have special places in my heart. The adults in Cammie’s life are also so special. My heart aches.

five stars

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #1-3

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #1-3

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

I’ve decided to reread one of my all-time favorite series! These books aren’t terribly long, so I was able to binge the first three on the weekend.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Release Date: April 1, 2006
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

This is actually my least favorite of the series. But that’s honestly great because they just get better and better as we go on.

One of my favorite things about this series is the female friendships. Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey are some of my favorite female characters ever, and their friendship reaches some amazing highs throughout the series. Obviously we are just starting to get introduced to these characters and their personalities here, so this isn’t as present here as it is later on in the series.

Also, this is the most juvenile book of the series, which again makes sense because the characters are only 15 and are getting older and more mature as the series progresses. The girls are very naive in this book on certain aspects, which lead to some very questionable decisions. However, I loved seeing Cammie go through her first relationship. I also loved seeing her learn from all the mistakes she made through that process.

This is a really great book for young teens, or anyone looking for a light-hearted, not to be taken too seriously, book.

three stars

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #2
Release Date: October 2, 2007
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This series is so addictive. You can breeze through these books so easily, and they are so much fun.

While I’m definitely not the target audience for this book, I’m still finding myself highly entertained by them.

We see more from the other girls in this book. I love Bex’s bad-assery, Liz’s smarts, and Macey’s real-world experience. Cammie is still super awkward, but I adore her to pieces.

We get some new characters in this book, which adds some mystery and drama to the story. I was obsessed with Zach when I first read this book (which was like 10 years ago *gasp*) but I still find him oh so charming.

Overall, this was a great sequel.

four stars

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #3
Release Date: June 9, 2009
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I love that this series can be ridiculous and serious at the same time. Over the series, the tone gradually shifts from one to the other. But this third book is the perfect combination of both.

The plot in this book is more high-stakes and engaging, the mystery is more involved, and everything the characters do have consequences.

Macey is one of my favorite characters of the bunch, and she really takes a spotlight in this book. When her father decides to run as vice president Macey and Cammie find themselves in the middle of a kidnapping plot.

There are a lot of surprises in this book, which set up the second half of the series perfectly. And the characters are maturing right in front of us, they’ve come a long way from the first book.

I can’t wait to continue my reread, I’m so happy I still love these books!

five stars

ARC Review: When the Stars Lead to You

ARC Review: When the Stars Lead to You

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

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Review: Her Royal Highness

Review: Her Royal Highness

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Royals #2
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

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Review: Uncharted

Review: Uncharted

Peter Darling by Erin Cashman
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genres: YA Mystery
Rating: 🌟

Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.

One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.

Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

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Review: Made You Up

Review: Made You Up

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

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