Gallagher Girls: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Gallagher Girls 1Title: 
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (LYKY)

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Ally Carter

Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: April 1st 2006

Pages: 309

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Adventure

Book Blurb:  Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

 

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Review:
I’d Tell Your I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You is a book about the girls of Gallagher Academy and narrated by the headteachers daughter,  Cameron ‘Cammie’ Morgan. The school is a place for exceptionally talented and gifted girls on the front, which isn’t a lie, just the watered down truth. It is in fact a school for spies in training. They are taught to do amazing things such as kill a person in many ways with a piece of uncooked spagetti, but the one thing they’re not taught to do, is deal with boys. The Gallagher Girls series is based on the dilemmas, social lives of the girls, plus a few extra problems they will have to face.
This book was…I can’t describe it. I must have read for three hours non stop to finish this book. I honestly could not put it down.
There is no one character I prefer. Cammie is extremely relate-able, Bex is just awesome in all her quirky ways and Liz is that geeky girl that you would not want to be left alone in a lab with if she was angry. Macey is simply hilarious with her fashion and boy skills, surprisingly, probably the most normal out of all of them. I think I am most like Cammie and Liz though there is some of Bex in me with my love for adventure as well.
Ally Carter managed to add humour into the most serious of scenes which I admire so very much.
There were two things that really got to me though. The first was that i wanted a little more action and actual spy mission-y stuff. I have heard that the second book is better though. Right now as I write this review, the next book is sitting beside me. “Read me please! I’m awesome and you know it.”
The second problem is that once I finished the book I thought, that was amazing, but when I tried to think about all the events in the book, it just seemed a little, plain.
Overall this was an interesting beginning for the Gallagher Girl series and I cannot wait to start reading the next book, Cross My heart and Hope to Spy. Although I hope that it is a little more thrilling than the first book. But it was a nice intro into the secret world.
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Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff


Picture Me Gone
Title: Picture Me Gone

Rating: Half Cup of Tea

Author: Meg Rosoff

Published by: Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date: September 5 2013

Pages: 208

Genres: Teen Fiction/Mystery

Summary: Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.
Review:

Picture Me Gone: written by award winning author of How I Live Now. This book seemed like a thrilling, fast-paced mystery that turned out to be a dreary, put-down-able, book that simply lacked a bit of everything. The beginning of the book starts off as though it will lead to something extraordinary and adrenaline packed but once you get past that first chapter you can’t help but think, when is this going to really take off? And you think that for the rest of the book, hoping that at some point something will happen that will change the course of the story.

Mila is an interesting character that I loved to read about. That was probably the only good thing written in all of the 208 pages.

I know this is a short review but I really can’t think of anything else to say. The book was ‘eh’ *shoulder shrug*, and therefore was a massive let down from my original hopes. It sort of explains why most bookshops don’t actually stock the book even though it was written by such a famous, well established, author.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

 

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: March 24 2009

Pages: 576

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine’s hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters’ remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass. Clary finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. When the City of Glass falls under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it’s too late?
Review:

City of Glass was the original finale for the mortal instruments series, but being so popular, fans begged Cassandra Clare to continue. This book contains many great plot twists capturing the reader. As soon as you start reading, it is impossible to stop. This book also contains great Clace (Clary and Jace) moments, as well as a huge twist that will leave you wondering ‘what’s next?’ You also see great evolution in our main characters: Clary Fray, Jace Morgenstern, Simon Lewis, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood and the high warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. The book is constantly filled with suspense, no matter what’s going on, there is always something big going on with some of the characters. After reading the first two books, I couldn’t stop myself from reading the third.
It’s probably just me but in this book I sort of did want to see Clary show a bit of a dark side, maybe join Valentine, but then that i just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about taking a break after City of Ashes, don’t bother. Personally this was one of my favourite installments.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: 17th March 2007

Pages: 512

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
Review:
Originally it took me a while to read this book, I had kept meaning to read it but just never got round to it. The sad thing is I decided to read the book after seeing the trailer which, in my opinion, was much better than the actual book, though that is the aim of them. Anyway, Cassandra Clare started the series with a ‘big bang’ It included an amazing array of suspense, teenage romance and comedy.“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed. Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.”And there is much more witty humour where that came from. The book is hooking till the end, and once you get to the end, it is impossible not to read the next book. “Never trust a book by it’s adaptation,” is a good phrase I live by as it’s movie was quite bad,
changing lots of the plot and even the ending that has a large role in the next few books. City of Bones introduces the character Clary (Clarissa) Fray, a seemingly normal girl who gets thrown into the world of Shadowhunters and demons. Along the way she meets an extremely sexy Shadowhunter , Jace (Jonathon) Wayland, a jealous Alec Lightwood, his beautiful sister Isabelle and Clary’s life long friend and companion Simon Lewis. These characters work so well together, complimenting each other perfectly. They all have a sort of connection that then makes this book flow beautifully. If there is only one book you will ever read in your life time, it has to be this one. As soon as you read it, you’ll realise what you had been missing out on for so long.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



Title: 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Laini Taylor

Published by: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: 27th September 2011

Pages: 432

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb: 

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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Review:
Read this in two days, Suffered insomnia over the single night of continuous reading: and it was worth it. This book was stunningly beautiful. Laini Taylor’s descriptions were thorough and animated. This book has to be one of my favourite all times. I loved the character Karou so much. Laini made sure Karou was a real person adding little details that may seem insignificant but certainly weren’t.
I found this book when I was bored on the waterstones sight. It looked good and I didn’t have anything else to read so I thought I might as well get it. As you may have read from an earlier post, it took a while to actually find the book, but all that was worth it.
I’m struggling to find a flaw within this book, I’m not sure it’s even possible to find one.
I’m leaving this a short review, before I reveal any spoilers.
This book is a masterpiece.

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz

Title: Stormbreaker

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Alex Rider

Published by: Walker Books

Publication Date: 4th September 2000

Pages: 249

Genres: Teen/Adventure/Spy/Thriller/Mystery

Book Blurb:  When his uncle dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down.

Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country – but there’s more to the gift than meets the eye.

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Review:
I used to be so jealous of Alex Rider, not because he’s lost people, that would be sad. But because he is a spy. For around four years of my life I have wanted to be a spy for the MI6 so one day my dad bought me and my twin the box set of these books. The first book was stunning. Yes it included lots of action though Anthony Horrowitz managed to get the balance right creating a realistic thriller. It focuses on Alex Rider and his experiences. His emotions are shown really well considering the way he was feeling was polar opposites.  Jack Starbright is Alex’s American housekeeper become guardian who I adore and you will see how awesome she is as you go along through the series.
Stormbreaker has been through many different covers though I have chosen the newest edition which I (after lots of sitting around flicking through tabs.) have decided is my favourite. It’s simplistic colouring, I thing, is very spy like.
A movie was made for this book, though it was an O.K film, like most book adaptations, they changed too many things. One of the smallest was Alex Rider’s hair colour, the biggest being…
If you want to carry on reading my rant on the movie then please make sure you have at least read this book. You do not need to read the whole series..

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Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton


Title: 
Witch Finder

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: Ruth Warburtoon

Published by: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: July 2nd 2014

Pages: 384

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Sworn to a loveless marriage.

Sworn to avenge the death of his parent.

sworn to kill the one you love…

London 1880.

Witches killed Luke Lexton’s parents and he is determined to avenge their death by becoming a witch hunter. But first he must prove his loyalty and pick a name from the Book of Witches to track down and kill within a month or face death himself. Luke picks Rosa Greenwood, a young witch-girl who is almost impossible to kill…

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Review:
I read this book on holiday where I was doing outdoor activities almost every hour of the day and yet couldn’t help but finish it in a few hours. This book was amazing. It is set in the Victorian era and Ruth Warburton has brought that time back to the present; Her descriptions of the streets and housing were enthralling. She made everything come to life. I loved the story line of Rosa Greenwood’s family and how even in a fantasy book it kept to the traditions of arranged marriage for money and power. How in the 1880’s women were seen lower class.
The book begins quite ominously with Luke’s first entrance to the witch hunter community. This instantly captures you into the book.
The cover is a pretty cool mix of illustration and photography though for some reason it doesn’t quite work for me. The second book has a much nicer cover with a little more flair.
Overall this book is awesome and enthralling. There were one or two moments where I thought there could be a little more going on but on the whole it was a really good summer read.