Monthly Archives: April 2010

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

(The review is also up at Chicklish, here. It was posted there originally as I was given this book to review from Luisa! :))

Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Published: May 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284 (excluding about author, title page, etc.)
RRP: £5.99

Rating: 12/13+

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You is the first book I have read by Ally Carter, and so far, she has really impressed me! The book is mainly set in an American private school, Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. All of the people who live in the town of Roseville (the town the Academy is in) automatically believe the girls who go there are posh snobs who don’t really know anything and are just there because they CAN. But, oh how wrong are they. What they don’t know is that the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is actually a school to train upcoming SPIES! The Gallagher Girls (as they are known) are known in history (well, secretly – it’s a secret that one Gallagher Girl invented duct tape) as they have been around for 100 years – learning at school a variety of things such as martial arts, advanced encryption, 14 different languages and, in Sophomore year, they start Covert Operations (field work, etc.).

Sounds hard? Well Cammie, her good friends Bex and Liz and their new roommate Macey have to learn spy stuff every day in school. Whilst being pretty secluded inside their ivy-covered walls.

On their first Covert Operations Mission, Cammie, who is called The Chameleon at school (which is actually a compliment if you go to spy school – perhaps not so much at a normal high school), is spotted by a normal boy, Josh, who goes to Roseville High School. However, Cammie isn’t experienced with boys, and what with her being a spy in training, how is she going to be able to balance her relationship with him whilst doing well at spy school?

As the blurb says: Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

I thought this book was very well written! I really liked the fact that it was based around teenage (they are 15 or 16 year olds, I think) spies, as books and films about spies usually entertain me a lot if they are well done! And the fact that they are teenagers means I can easily relate to them and it makes it more realistic (if you can be realistic in a book about spies). The relationship between Josh and Cammie is pretty realistic too, as most YA books have relationships which aren’t true to real life, except whilst reading this I felt it was a pretty normal relationship you could have (apart from the fact that she is a spy, but yeah xD) if you are a teenager.

Overall, I think this book was really interesting and it also had some action in it too. It was well-written and it kept me wanting to find out what happened next. The characters were easy to relate to and I could easily imagine the places the character(s) was/were in with the descriptions.

I really want to find out what happens to Cammie and her friends in the next two novels, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover, the next books in the series.

Rating – 5 Stars

I have given IWTYILYBTIWHTKY 5 Stars as even though some parts were quite cliche (as it is hard to not be cliche in YA novels now) the book really impressed me when it was original and I think it deserves 5 Stars!

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-Jean

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In My Mailbox #2

IN MY MAILBOX #2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

Here is what I got my this week! Still going to be quite busy 🙂 Thanks to all publishers/publicity/Amazon/etc. etc. for the books!

I received, from left – right, top to bottom

Synopsis from AMAZON

From Bloomsbury

The Named by Marianne Curley

Imagine if you were able to change history. By altering one tiny thing you could start a chain of catastrophic events. Ethan is one of the Named, fated to stop this ever happening, although the forces of chaos have other ideas and Ethan is finding it more and more difficult to stay one step ahead. He is also a normal schoolboy, whose life is rapidly becoming far too confusing. So when Isabel arrives on the scene she is only going to make matters worse or is she? This is history in the making – literally.

Girl, 16: Five Star Fiasco (ARC) by Sue Limb

The teenage world of Jess Jordon is looking characteristically chaotic: Mum has joined an online dating programme and has recruited Jess as advisor, while Jess’ best friend Flora has a rich new boyfriend who Jess can’t possibly keep up with. Then Jess’ own boyfriend, Fred, does something unbelievably treacherous and spineless. Jess is becoming completely fed up with the male sex, and is beginning to think that the only reliable form of male is e-mail …Never mind, there’s Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Fred is sure to make amends then. Isn’t he? Full of Sue Limb’s very funny take on teenage life and problems, fans of “Girl, 15” will be thrilled to have available a new Fred and Jess story. It’s only when you’ve stopped laughing that you realise that, in addition to writing with wit and warmth, Sue Limb has also dealt effortlessly with bigger and important themes of friendship and loyalty.

From Penguin

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

While clearing out her grandmother’s cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a hidden parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so begins the hunt to uncover the woman behind the name, a hunt that takes her back to Salem in 1692 . . . and the infamous witchcraft trials. But nothing is entirely as it seems and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance’s spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artefact at any cost. What secrets does the Physick Book contain? What magic is scrawled across its parchment pages? Connie must race to answer these questions – and reveal the truth about Salem’s women – before an ancient family curse once more fulfils its dark and devastating prophecy . . . Previously published in the UK as The Lost Book of Salem

From Orbit

Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt

The year is 2017. Lucy Pavlov is the CEO of PavSoft Industries, home of a revolutionary operating system that every computer in the world runs on. Her personal wealth is immeasurable, her intelligence is unfathomable, and she’s been voted ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ for three years running. To put it simply – she has it all. One thing, however, is not quite right in Lucy’s life. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is in fact a bomb. And not just any old bomb. Lucy is a very big, and very smart bomb, and her mission is to blow up the planet known as Earth.

From Piccadilly

The Worst of Me by Kate le Vann

A subtle and sharply insightful portrayal of the sometimes painful process of growing up, thinking for yourself.

Cassidy has been feeling unsettled and adrift, but things look
up when she meets an older boy called Jonah. She loves
spending time with him and his friends, flattered to be
included in their discussions. Jonah is sweet and sensitive
and she’s never felt so happy.

But then Cassidy hears disturbing news about Jonah which
shakes her trust in him and makes her question her own
judgement. If you love someone, how far should you go to
overlook their faults?

From Chickenhouse

Beads, Boys and Bangles by Sophia Bennett

Crow is in designer heaven; Nonie’s caught the eye of a gorgeous boy; Jenny has a new play. But poor Edie’s in trouble … the rumours are that slave children in India have been making their high-street collection. It’s up to the girls to save their fashion dream.

Bought from Amazon

Della says: OMG! by Keris Stainton

Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared…
When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?

Thanks to everyone who has kindly given me a book(s) to review! I can’t wait to start reading them! 🙂

-Jean x

BOOK BLOGGER HOP & IWTYILYBTIWHTKY by Ally Carter (Chicklish review)

I have just finished writing a review on IWTYILYBTIWHTKY (woah, it’s a long abbreviation anyway!) for Chicklish!

You can read the review, here or by clicking on the picture of the book!

Thank  you very much Luisa for sending me the Proof Copy of the book to review!

Tomorrow, expect another productive In my Mailbox post! I have already received 7 books this week (including Della says: OMG! which I bought from Amazon :)) but I am not expecting any at all. I am busy enough as it is along with the pile of books which I need to read!

Also, it’s the book blog hop!

ABOUT THE HOP:

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

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This is me second Book Blogger Hop! Unfortunately I had school so I didn’t manage to get to be first on the list, so hopefully next week it’ll happen a bit later!

TOPIC OF THE WEEK

My topic for discussion this week is… which do you prefer…..

Paperback

OR

Hardback?

I think it’s quite a hard decision for me. I like paperbacks because they are relatively light and a lot cheaper. But I like hardbacks because they are usually very aesthetically pretty and it keeps in good condition.
What are your opinions? Comment below 🙂
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LOVELY PEOPLE I’VE MET WHO’VE COME VIA THE BLOG HOP

WILL EDIT SOON!

Blogs I’ve hopped to 🙂

Not had time yet!

-Jean