Friday, June 5, 2009

BkRv: I spy with my little eye some lovely love lies

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Ally Carter
@officiallyally :: website

YA | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: I suppose a lot of teenager girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that's me - Cammie the Chameleon. But I'm luckier than most because, at my school, that's considered cool.


SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women lives up to its name. Not only does this exclusive boarding school teach advanced language skills and correct deportment; its students also master the arts of tapping phones, hacking into computers, and spying in public places. At school, second-generation Gallagher Girl Cammie Morgan has impeccable credentials: She is fluent in 14 languages and able to kill an assailant in seven different ways. But recently life has dealt Cammie a card that she never anticipated: She has fallen in love with an ordinary boy who knows nothing about her exotic double life. A truly covert romance.
If it had not been for our weekly book discussions, I might have finished this ages ago. Instead I forced myself to put the book down after reading the allotted 4 chapters and waited (im)patiently for next week to come already. Discussion was a pretty fun time - thanks for all who joined in!

Cammie Morgan has "spy" in her blood, but having parents who are spies is not a guarantee that she has a future in espionage. That is why she attends the Gallagher Academy, an all-girls private school whose sole mission is to train spies. To the outside world, the girls are thought to be rich, snooty, and most likely airhead ditzes. Little does the world know that these ladies are learning how to save it from mass destruction.
from page 54 :: "Exactamente!" she cried, leaning closer. "Anything in these books could be out there!" she said, as if we were dropping into an actual war zone and not our own backyard. "Or it could be something" - she looked around and then leaned closer - "not in the books!"
This year Cammie and her classmates get their first real taste in espionage when the new Covert Ops professor takes them out on a surveillance mission during the town carnival. Cammie lives up to her nickname "Chameleon" as she trails the target, but she gets thrown in a loop when a boy notices her.

And, unfortunately for her, the Academy has yet to teach the girls what a spy does with boys, especially when they are particularly cute and might possibly like you!
from page 86 :: Pros and cons of being a girl-genius-slash-spy-in-training-slash-girlfriend of cutest-slash-nicest-slash-sweetest boy in the world:

PRO: ability to tell the boy how you feel in any fourteen different languages.

CON: boy cannot understand any of the languages (well, except English, of course, but even then he speaks with the highly specialized and often untranslatable "boy" dialect).
So Cammie embarks on the greatest mission ever: To infiltrate the "normal" world and figure out how to be a "normal" girlfriend while keeping her true identity secret.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You was a pretty fun read with not as much intensity as James Bond and Indiana Jones, but it definitely has its girlish charms! I think sometimes the spy stuff was laid on a little thick, but some of the spy gear and how the girls overreacted to the "normal" world was pretty entertaining! When you first get used to the Academy, it reminded me a lot of Hogwarts without the magic and ghosts - but perhaps a lot more secret passageways.

The ending seemed to rush as the excitement and suspense all rolled into each other as the Gallagher Girls embarked on their CoveOps finals and Cammie decides if Josh should know that she is actually not a "normal" home-schooled, cat-loving girl who likes to pass notes via a loose brick on the wall.

I really liked how the girls would apply their spy skills to scouting Josh out and figuring out if he liked Cammie. It was pretty amusing to see them try to decipher "boy talk," and certainly any girl can relate to that, spy or not.



  1. I got this book on my shelf waiting to be read. lol. It sounds good and I can't wait to read it.

  2. I haven't actually read this one but a spy teenager sounds like a winning formula. I hope to pick it up soon.

  3. Awesome review, Cecilia! I actually quite like the sound of this book in a guilty pleasure kind of way. Sounds like a bit of a laugh!

  4. I had absolutely no idea what this book was about, but I never looked at it twice because the cover looked dumb. But it sounds awesome!

  5. This book sounds so cool. I had not heard of it before this, but I like spy stuff and this sounds funny. Especially with teen girls as the main characters - spy plus girl problems, sounds like a great mix.

  6. *hides eyes* I want to read these, so I'm not reading reviews of them, lol. I'm realizing I'm a bit odd. :P

  7. I loved this book! It was especially nice to read it along with your weekly book discussions.

    I like the quotes you picked out. :)

  8. Great review! =) I should get mine done soon too. xD

    I just love this line. "Pros and cons of being a girl-genius-slash-spy-in-training-slash-girlfriend of cutest-slash-nicest-slash-sweetest boy in the world."

  9. I have a vague feeling I once saw a movie with this theme (secret girl spies at an academy) but I can't place it. It's going to bug me until I remember. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

  10. JT Oldfield : Um, there's a cartoon series called Totally Spies with the same premise, but I don't suppose you were talking about that, were you?

  11. i agree with notnessie, the cover is not too appealing. BUT, the story rockssss! i'm glad i read it and the discussions were fun! on to the second book...

  12. I just bought this yesterday! I cannot wait to read it!

  13. Sounds seriously charming! As soon as I whittle down some of my TBR pile I'll have to get to this. I know the overly girlish bits will annoy me but I think it will probably be worth it.

  14. I love this series. I just bought the first two so I can have my own copies and I recently got the third one for review. Hopefully the series continues well. I hate when they kind of fizzle out after the first couple. Great review and glad you liked it!

  15. I enjoyed this book. I'm glad when a reviewer likes the same books, it's as if they are reliable. I can trust there recommendations a little bit more.


  16. Book Pixie: It is pretty cute! And the rest of the series continues to stay cute and fresh!

    Llehn: It is a nice formula that you don't see everyday :) Not a lot of James Bond action, but still pretty fun and amusing!

    Jo: Haha, I agree - it is quite the guilty pleasure :D

    NotNessie, vvb32: Aw, I love the cover! I'm partial to the ransom-note type font :)

    bridget3420: A very fun read!

    dolleygurl: You would not believe how great of a mix of spy and girl it was! Very cleverly done :)

    Laina: Ha, I'm the same way! When I'm planning on reading something, I shy away from the reviews (unless I really can't help myself because I'm dying of curiosity).

    Iryna: Thanks for joining on weekly discussions! I'm sorry that we all lost interest in hosting it :/

    Kate: I love that line too :) It was great to read the first book with you!

    J.T.: Hm, I don't know either. Totally Spies doesn't seem to fit into the Academy aspect of it...

    addicted reader: Excellent! I hope you have the entire series on-hand!

    LadyTink: Utterly delightful! It will be such a breeze to read :)

    katie: I agree - I hope this series continues to kick ass!

    Sassy CC: I don't know if I am the same way. I know what books I like - and I like to think that it is a wide variety, but who knows! I hope you and I continue to share reading tastes :D

  17. I always wanted to be a spy so these books are jumping to the top of my wishlist! Thanks for the review!

  18. Shawna Lewis

    Wonderful job I love your review it made me want to read it so your doing your job my Dear ;o)

  19. I loved this book! And the title is what caught me eye. Good plot, but I agree w/ you some of the spy stuff was a little too much.

  20. I was actually very hesitant about this book. I mean it shouldn't kind of lame--like the plotline has been done before--so maybe that 4 stars is a hint that I need to pick it up ;P

  21. Nice review. & deciphering "boy talk" would definitely take a special school, I think. ;)

  22. I agree with the Hogwarts comparison, but I wish that this book had had a little more spy action and less romantic drama.

  23. I really liked this book but like you said there could have been more action.


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