Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter

Thursday, 16 February 2012
Warning: Synopsis and review may contain SPOILERS!
Cammie Morgan may have a genius IQ and attend the best school in the country, but as she starts the spring semester of her sophomore year there are a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble did she really get in last semester? And, most of all, exactly why is her mother acting so strangely?
All Cammie wants is a nice, normal semester, but she’s about to learn her greatest lesson yet—that when you go to a school for spies, nothing is ever as it seems.

Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2007
Recommended Age: 12+
Notes: Review for Book #1, here.
Rating: 4/5

This book is the second installment in the Gallagher Girls series and, I must say, I enjoyed it a little better than the first. It's kind of hard to review a series because you can't really say anything different from what you've already said about the previous book, so I'm going to try and focus on a different feature for every review.

The Gallagher Academy has always been an all girls school but this semester the spy school is playing host to a class of boys. But these boys are different... not only are they very highly trained, they're secretive and mysterious and Cammie and her friends know they're all hiding something. Determined to find out what it, the girls plan a mission. But one boy in particular has caught Cammie's eye... Zach. The last thing she needs is another boy problem but he's a puzzle to her that she needs to solve.

Something I didn't mention in the last post was the writing style of these books. It switched every now and then to a Summary of Surveillance where The Operatives (Cammie and co.) logged in the events. It was a refreshing quality to the book. Also, it's written from a future perspective (everything has already happened) so at certain points in the books in brackets would state something like: later Macey said that...

Zach was probably my favourite character in this book. I loved the fact he was a sort-of bad boy but with secrets. I found it comical that every time he put on a cocky act, Cammie would get annoyed. I much prefer Zach over her ex-boyfriend, Josh. I was hoping that they would become a couple but... well... I don't want to say too much. I guess you just have to read this series yourself ;)

Overall this was a really good read and it only lost the one mark because the action quality again. Don't get me wrong, there was more action in this book than the first one but when I say action, I mean action action. Come back tomorrow for a review of the third book, Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover.

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: Wierd question. Would you rather have my comments bit embedded below post, as a pop up window, or as it is now - in a new window? :)


  1. Great review. I love all of Ally Carter's books and completely agree about Zach.

    Regarding your comments, I think it's fine the way it is. :-)

  2. Thanks :) Yeah, same here, I can't wait until the release of Out of Sight, Out of Time :)


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