31 December 2013

Only the Good Spy Young

Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #4
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

We are finally getting somewhere, plotwise(ish).  This novel picks up pretty much where the last one left off, with Cam in the UK with Bex and her family, getting up to some spy mischief with MI6.  And if I ever had any inkling of a doubt that the plots in this series were completely absurd, the beginning of this novel finally confirmed it 110%.  But Carter’s writing style is still witty enough and fun enough for a light lazy day read, and with a running plot now crossing through the different novels, it is definitely more interesting than the first two novels in the series.

While we still have a hint of boy craze centered around Zach, it is finally definitely a subplot and not a central theme in this novel.  This novel focuses on why the Circle is after Cam, as well as introducing the question or whether or not Mr. Solomon is a good guy or a bad guy, something I never thought I would even consider, as – like Cam and gang – I never thought for a second that Mr. Solomon could have been a double agent.  But now… well, while my subconscious held true throughout the novel that there was no way he broke bad, my mind began to wonder as the plot continued to unfold.  And even Zach, the resident bad boy who Cam can’t seem to shake, starts to show shades of grey.


While the absurdness of the plots and the styles used for the prose don’t warrant suspense for a plot that could be potentially suspenseful in a different light, the series is still staying interesting enough to read.  And while I doubt I would ever buy this series to reread over and over, it’s still a fun read, especially for the young adult genre.  With a still highly unresolved plot at the end of the novel, Carter continues to drag me along with Cam and crew into the next of the series.

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