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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
by Ally Carter
236 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Fiction/YA/Romance

I started this book last night and finished it second period in class today--beautifully written with a strong voice, and gripping. This is the sequel to I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, but it also works as a standalone. It made the NYT-bestseller list recently, and the publicity is deserved 100%. A speedy read that left me yearning for more.

I would compare this novel to the Clique or Gossip Girls series, only less petty and snotty. Cammie Morgan is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, ostensibly a rich private school--but really a spy school for geniuses. The foursome of Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey are well-drawn, both collectively and individually. My favorite character was Liz, but I have a weakness for book-smarts. Anyway, in this second volume an exchange group of students from the Blackthorne Institute for Boys arrives--including a cute and mysterious boy named Josh. I won't ruin the story any further, but the ending was a beautiful twist.

Highly recommended.

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Oct. 30th, 2007 07:37 pm
keilexandra: Adorable panda with various Chinese overlays. (Default)
Why do many literary novels have the subtitle, "A Novel"? It seems like a perfectly obvious and useless appellation.

Dropped by the library tonight and checked out three YA novels, two of which were shelf-grabs (the last is Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter, which is a NYT-bestseller and guaranteed comfort reading--I've already read the first chapter). I haven't read much YA lately--finally finished The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, currently working on Lolita--so it should be a refreshing change. Especially as NaNoWriMo starts in two days, so I won't have time to read much.
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I had a veritable reading marathon this weekend! Two whole books. I actually wrote up three, but one of them isn't fit for posting... ahem.


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (284 pages, hardcover): B+
A YA novel, but one that came highly recommended by an adult acquantaince. The story concerns a girl named Cammie Morgan, sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women--a spy school. Nothing exceptional as far as plot/character/setting, but for the YA genre it works. At what looks like 12-point 1.5-spaced serif font and under 300 pages, it's also a fast read. Recommended for readers of all ages who ever wanted to be a spy.

The Mislaid Magician, or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (328 pages, hardcover): A
This is the third book in a series of epistolary novels about Cecy and Kate. I can't quite classify the genre--the themes are YA, library catagorizes as SF, I personally like the elements of historical fiction with fantasy (magic). I tend to confuse it with A College of Magics (or maybe the sequel to that). Anyway, this collaborative work was written through the Letter Game, and as a result, the voices of Kate and Cecy couldn't be more different. I love the letter format and the period touches like the creative and varied closings. Cover design is also excellent, and I've always held Patricia Wrede in high regard for her Enchanted Forest Chronicles. As a super-special bonus, I totally understood the talk about Faraday and magnetism! But not the laid couching, alas. So to conclude my ramblings, The Mislaid Magician earns the same rating as Ysabel, for very different reasons.

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