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Book Review: Only The Good Spy Young By Ally Carter

Book Review: Only The Good Spy Young By Ally Carter

Title: Only The Good Spy Young
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult, Spy
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 29th June 2010
Goodreads Summary: When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organisation dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognising that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

Book Review

WARNING: May contain spoilers for those who have not yet read the first three books in the series. Reviews of those can be found here:
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Only The Good Spy Young begins during the winter break and Cammie is staying in London with her best friend, Bex, and her MI6 spy parents. At the end of Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover (book three) we found out that The Circle of Cavan was in fact after Cammie, not Macey as we had first thought. Noone knows why they’re after Cammie but since the several attempted kidnapping incidents in book three she’s been assigned her own security personnel that follow her everywhere.

One day when Cammie, Bex and her parents are ice-skating around the Tower of London, she sees Zac. Zac has been popping up unannounced where Cammie is for a while now, though we still don’t know how or why. He disappears before answering any of Cammie’s questions as usual but he does reveal that he was supposed to meet Joe Solomon, Cammie’s CoveOps teacher, but he failed to show up – a bad sign.

Just as Cammie is returning her skates, the lights suddenly go out and she is grabbed by someone. It turns out that this someone is Mr Solomon, much to Cammie’s surprise. He seems crazed and keeps trying to warn Cammie of something, but she doesn’t really understand what he’s saying. Bex’s parents eventually catch up to Mr Solomon and Cammie and are treating Mr Solomon like a threat, which confuses both Bex and Cammie.

It is revealed that Joe Solomon does is in fact a double agent working for The Circle of Cavan, but things still don’t add up. The story really gets going once they return to Gallagher Academy and Cammie and her friends start trying to figure out who they can and cannot trust and nothing is as it seems.

I would say that Only The Good Spy Young is definitely the most exciting in terms of plot. This book is filled with action and there are so many plot twists along the way. This book contains the most mystery as suspense as things are starting to come to a head. We have more information about the Circle of Cavan and what the threat is, though we still don’t know why and that’s what keeps you reading.

I was disappointed that there wasn’t more romance in this novel but it was brilliant nonetheless. As I said above, Zac continually pops up where Cammie is and it is starting to getting annoying as we don’t really know much about who he is or what he’s doing. By the end of the novel, Zac’s story is a lot clearer and he is part of one of the biggest plot twists in the novel and I think his character will be sticking around.

As with book three, Only The Good Spy Young is less humorous than I would’ve liked as the plot has gotten a lot darker and more serious. The missions that Cammie and her friends embark on are not tests, but the real thing and the stakes are high. Cammie has really developed as a character and thinks for herself, instead of relying so heavily on her friends. This is the most serious of all the books as most situations are life or death, but they’re not over the top or too silly. There have been a few moments whilst reading this series that I have rolled my eyes at the ridiculous, but stereotypical, spy equipment that has been used, but thankfully there wasn’t too much of that in this novel.

The circle of characters in this series is getting smaller and smaller as time goes on as it really starts to focus on Cammie and the threats that are posed to her. This is great because it means that the books aren’t full of useless waffle that you don’t really need to know about that aren’t relevant to the plot. I think the main characters were properly established in this novel and I’m pretty certain of who will be appearing in the subsequent books.

Only The Good Spy Young ends on the biggest cliffhanger yet and I’m so exciting to read Out Of Sight, Out Of Time. I thought that this series only had five books in it but then I found out there’s a book six coming out late 2013/early 2014! If Out of Sight Out of Time ends on a major cliffhanger then I don’t know how I’m going to survive until then. There are just so many things going on Only The Good Spy Young and my heart was pounding for Cammie during several moments. The story is really starting to come together now and this series really is going from strength to strength.

Who’s read the next book in the series? Worth looking forward to? Let me know!

Buy Only The Good Spy Young
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If you liked this post, check out my other Ally Carter book reviews:
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Out of Sight Out of Time
United We Spy 

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Brandi Kosiner
    4th March 2013 / 4:23 PM

    Glad this one was exciting and this series is going well for you
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. 6th July 2016 / 9:47 AM

    Oh it’s frustrating when a book ends on a cliffhanger but also exciting! Hopefully it won’t be long until the next instalment is published x

  3. Melanie Edjourian
    6th July 2016 / 10:21 AM

    It’s a shame the book was not as good as you would have hoped. I love the fact it ends on a cliff hanger it means there is more to read.

  4. NatStyle (wha2wear)
    6th July 2016 / 11:01 AM

    I’ve never heard about those books but it looks like a really good story, I love spy novels!

  5. Rosana McPhee
    6th July 2016 / 12:45 PM

    I love spy movies, novels and everything! Sounds a good book to me. R

  6. Kelly
    6th July 2016 / 1:28 PM

    I’ve not heard of these books…but then again I was reading pregnancy and baby books for such a long time its nice to be finally reading normal literature again! I’ll keep an eye out for this at the library, as I’m ploughing through books pretty quickly these days.

  7. 6th July 2016 / 5:04 PM

    Ohh what an interesting sounding book – i have to admit I’ve not heard of the author before – I am so out of the loop! x

  8. 6th July 2016 / 5:07 PM

    I’ve never read any of the books in this series, or even the author. Definitely need to check them out x

  9. Jessica Dearnley
    6th July 2016 / 8:00 PM

    This sounds like such an interesting read, I think i’ll look into this one.

  10. Kira L Curtis
    6th July 2016 / 8:24 PM

    Never considered reading these books before but you’ve really made me want to read them now!

  11. 6th July 2016 / 10:43 PM

    I’d never heard of this author before – I just wish I had more time to read!


  12. 7th July 2016 / 2:43 AM

    This sounds like a great addition to the series. I might like it. I’m curious about the previous books.

  13. Jessica
    7th July 2016 / 2:56 AM

    Would love to read it to see all the exciting twists it has. I like the mix of suspense and mysterious themes.

  14. BuildYourOwnEmpire
    7th July 2016 / 10:32 AM

    I’ve been wanting to read more books. Well, I still have a month to do my summer reading. I will definetly come to your blog for a reading list!
    This book sounds really exciting

  15. Tania Potter
    7th July 2016 / 10:48 AM

    This sounds like a good read, I think I may have read the first one in the series but it was ages ago so I can’t really remember. There are some lovely, fun detective types books out there and I gather this is similar.

  16. kitty kaos
    7th July 2016 / 11:38 AM

    sounds like a fun book I haven’t read a mystery/spy story in so long which is weird because I was addicted to nancy drew books growing up x

  17. Tanya Brannan
    7th July 2016 / 11:48 AM

    What a fab series of books, This would be up my street, even though it is young adult fiction. I loved reading the Alex Rider series of books, and this sounds similar.

  18. 7th July 2016 / 12:18 PM

    I’ve been looking for some books to read now I have started making time for it again. This series sounds fun I’ll add it to my list!

  19. Ivan Jose
    7th July 2016 / 1:32 PM

    This should be a great reading list. Thank you for a very nice review.

  20. 7th July 2016 / 2:31 PM

    Sounds like something my teenage son might be interested in. I’ll have to get him a copy.

  21. 7th July 2016 / 2:46 PM

    this isn’t something i would usually read but i wouldnt mind reading it to get into a different genre. who knows, i might like it

  22. 7th July 2016 / 7:24 PM

    It’s interesting that it’s gone a bit dark on this one. I still think I’d like to read it though.

  23. mel Sak
    9th July 2016 / 12:05 AM

    Looks like a good read. We do a lot of reading in our house during the summer break.

  24. 9th July 2016 / 6:20 PM

    I am not familiar with this serious, but it sounds like something my friend would love. I will have to recommend it.

  25. Laura
    10th July 2016 / 1:58 AM

    Ooh now this is definitely a different genre to what I would usually read! xxx

  26. Ana Ojha
    10th July 2016 / 3:06 AM

    Nice review! Though this is not my type of genre that I read!

  27. Eloise Maoudj Riley
    11th July 2016 / 12:56 AM

    very detailed review, great work! sounds like a good book for many people to enjoy!

  28. 11th July 2016 / 8:39 AM

    Sounds like a really exciting book for teenagers! Good review! Thanks for posting!

  29. 11th July 2016 / 9:53 AM

    What a lovely read this books is, I can not wait to add it to my list of books to read this summer

  30. 11th July 2016 / 11:12 AM

    Sounds like a cool book to read, full of action and mystery. It’s not really my cup of tea but I wouldn’t mind reading it while suntanning on the beach. 🙂

  31. beautykinguk
    11th July 2016 / 1:59 PM

    Such a great book review, but definitely not one for me, I tend to read the off crime thriller or something historical and war based.

  32. 11th July 2016 / 9:07 PM

    Great review. I haven’t read this author, but I will pass this book on to my daughter who enjoys reading these sort of books. Thanks for sharing

  33. gme
    12th July 2016 / 4:08 AM

    If this book is in audio book format .ive found my new obsession.just wondering have you ever done a review on the Anita Blake book series ?

  34. So far so Sabine
    12th July 2016 / 10:16 AM

    Looks like the perfect book for the holiday season!

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