Saturday, 2 June 2012

Out of Sight, Out of Time - Ally Carter

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5)
                                                       - Ally Carter
Grade: YA
Rating: 5/5 stars

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails.

All she wants is to go home. But even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers as Cammie and her friends face their most difficult challenge yet. With only their training and a few clues to guide them, the girls go in search of answers on the other side of the world. But the Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

It's a race against time (Description from Goodreads)

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Wow, words can’t possibly describe how epic and dark this book is. The change in tone sent the Gallagher Girls series soaring to new heights, to a place I wish hadn’t ended so soon. I am officially obsessed with Cammie and her adventures.

Imagine waking up in a foreign bed; bruised, battered and believing you left home for the summer 3 days ago, only to find out 4 months have gone past and you have no memory of it. Well, this is what happens to Cammie Morgan. For a spy-in-training, loss of memory is like losing a limb. Without it, Cammie could put herself and the people she loves in danger – but danger isn’t something new for her. I always feel incredibly sorry for characters that lose their memories. With the amount of trouble they face on a day-to-day basis, it seems unfair to throw an internal obstacle in their way too. But it does make for an interesting storyline. The twists and turns that evolve from Cammie’s memory issues leaves you desperate to flick through the pages as fast as possible.

‘Out of Sight, Out of Time’ was the most emotional Gallagher Girls book so far. Cammie struggles to find herself and rekindle relationships because of her memory loss. The way Ally Carter puts her in so many vulnerable situations – and shows the growth and development Cammie achieves – had me tearing up at times. I love the change and progress the series – and Cammie – has made. The easy going, fun and carefree story we got in book #1 is long gone. Sure there is still the occasional joke and Cammie’s voice is still incredibly natural and addictive – but there is a deeper and more dangerous and lifeless tone that gives me shivers. I love when a dark book is written so well – there’s no denying the power of words.

There’s not as much fighting-action in ‘Out of Sight, Out of Time’, but the amount of mystery more than makes up for it. The unknown nature of the book practically sends Cammie and her friends all over the world – finally the spies get to go on active missions outside of America. It definitely highlights the fact that Cammie has aged throughout the series; that her horizons have expanded.

I’ve said it before, that I love Cammie’s friends, but I should probably mention just how awesome her mother and the teachers at Gallagher Academy are. Despite coming from all different worldly organisations – the teachers seem to form their own band of operatives and the loyalty between them is fantastic. I love seeing supporting characters who do more than just fill space on a page. Everyone has a role and is an important and enjoyable addition to the story.

The worst part about finished this book is that fact that I’ve caught up in the series, and the wait for the final book is going to be torture...but I’m sure it’ll be well worth the wait.

5/5 stars

(Originally posted on Goodreads)


  1. I totally understand about the supporting characters, they need to be just as strong and interesting and it sounds like they are in this series! I have to make sure I read this series sometime this year!

    1. I love the supporting characters in this series, they really help to drive the story. I can't get enough of them.