Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

This is the third book in the Gallagher Girls series.  Macey's father is running for Vice President and he wants to use his beautiful daughter as a campaign tool.  This can be a very risky decision when your daughter is a Gallagher Girl.

There is an attempted kidnapping at one of the campaign stops.  Fortunately, Cammie and Macey were able to fend off the attack and walked away with minor injuries.  Now they need to figure out who wants to kidnap Macey and why.  The attackers weren't the least bit interested in the presidential candidate's son, Preston Winters, so there has to be something more than politics involved.

Zach, one of the boys from the Blackthorne Institute ( the spy school for boys) that we were introduced to previously, makes several appearances throughout this book.  I really like his character and wish he had a larger presence.  Hopefully we will see A LOT more of him in the remaining three books.

Overall, this series has only gotten better with each additional installment.  I find the operative reports, pros and cons, and other spy related references to be a very original and humorous way of telling the story.  All of the main characters are very different and play off of each other's strengths and weaknesses beautifully.  The girls are becoming more independent and have come a VERY long way since their first CoveOps (covert operations) exercise.  They are beginning to take the initiative in potentially risky real life situations and continue to grow as individuals.

My son's name is Preston, so I immediately tweeted Ally to find out why she chose that name.  She said she called him "Prezson", as in the President's son, for the first three drafts.  Another YA author, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, finally suggested the name Preston...which I thought was a brilliant choice after hearing this story.

I have already purchased the last three books in this series and look forward to reading Only The Good Spy Young in the very near future.

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