Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Only the Good Spy Young - Ally Carter

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)Only the Good Spy Young 
                  (Gallagher Girls #4)  - Ally Carter
Grade: YA
Rating: 5/5 stars

Cammie Morgan always knew that being a Gallagher Girl (aka spy-in-training) would mean a life of risk and danger. She just didn't know that life would start before she'd even left high school...

But now that an ancient terrorist organisation is dead-set on kidnapping her, even Cammie "The Chameleon" can't hide. And when someone she trusts is labelled a rogue double-agent, Cammie feels like her world is falling apart.

Can she still count on her classmates? Her teachers? And what about her feelings for the totally hot (yet totally unpredictable) Zach?

This semester, Cammie and her friends must spy, hack and steal if they want to find out the truth.

Cammie's life depends on it...(Description from Goodreads)

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‘Only the Good Spy Young’ is the most intense book for the Gallagher Girls series so far. The stakes are higher. It’s not just about learning to be a spy in this book, it’s about surviving.

Cammie Morgan, spy-in-training, is under round-the-clock protection. There’s someone after her and no-where is safe. The easy going days at Gallagher Academy – school of spies – are over. No more secret trips into town to see boys or official trips into town to practice tailing ordinary people in a public environment. It’s no longer safe for Cammie to leave school grounds and unfortunately for her that means there are a lot of changes to school life with new teachers and less secret passageway visits; but that doesn’t mean the book was lacking action. I thought the previous book kicked up the heat action-wise, but ‘Only the Good Spy Young’ definitely gives book 3 a run for its money. I adored the start of this book. We barely make it through the first 5 pages before excitement and danger hits the scene. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a heart-racing start to a book.

I loved Cammie so much in this book. She managed to develop as a character in a deeper way. She has to face some difficult decisions and situations, and it causes her to grow up a lot more – not that Cammie wasn’t already pretty cluey about her lifestyle; the dangers, the risks, the skill it takes to get through a mission. But when it’s her own life that comes into focus, there’s no chance to back away from the fight. I adore her take-charge attitude. A lesser character would crumble at the thought of being hunted by a mysterious and mostly unknown group and forced to hide out behind the walls of the Academy. But Cammie never gives in. Maybe it’s her spy upbringing – the fact that she’s been taught her whole life to find clues and get answers and survive – but whatever it is, she does it brilliantly.

I feel like this book was the book of revelations. There seemed to be a new shocking twist every 20 pages – my mouth barely had a chance to close before it dropped open again. The way Ally Carter manages to keep you engaged in the series by creating these new twists is fantastic. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. I love when a series keeps bringing more and more to the page. The excitement and mystery added extra intensity to every scene; it’s pretty epic and super fun.

Due to the danger, once again romance wasn’t the focus for this book. But where the last book lacked the presence of a certain guy for most of the events, ‘Only the Good Spy Young’ had him popping up a little more often. Zach’s role in the book is more than you could imagine and a few of those twists I mentioned earlier involved everyone’s favourite spy. They’re totally worth reading.

The book ended with the tiniest of cliff hangers. So I’m dying to find out what happens next. Luckily, I have book 5 sitting on my shelf; it’s a good think there’s no waiting for me, I’d probably go a little insane if I was kept away from more Cammie and her adventures.

5/5 stars

(Originally posted on Goodreads)


  1. Great Review Kim!! You make me want to read the series all over again :)

    1. Aw, thanks Pavan. I sort of make myself want to reread it too. They're just that sort of series.