Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Review: Cross My Heart & Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Details
Pages: 287
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: 2010
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.
This is the second book in the Gallagher Girls series, and I've got to start by saying I totally LOVED it! The first book was great, but this sequel was totally epic.  

There is a lot more action, humour, and drama going on for the academy girls this year as they face a challenge that they're not so experienced at - boys.

In this book, Cammie and her friends are starting a new semester, and a new semester brings new mysteries under the code name Blackthorne. When the girls find out what Blackthorne really is, everything changes.

Blackthorn is an academy just like theirs, one that trains teenagers in the art of professional spying. However, the major difference is that Blackthorn is an academy for boys, as the girls of Gallagher are about to find out. 

With Blackthorn come the introduction of a character I completely fell in love with, Zack. He amde a wonderful addition to this series, and added some well needed tension between himself and Cammie. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for the two of them, because I'm certain there's more to follow. 

This is such a fun and exciting read, and I'm so glad I discovered this series. It's fast becoming on of my favourites!

I'd Rate This Book:

Friday, 5 August 2011

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Details
Pages: 441
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: February 3rd 2011

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love
Delirium is set in a future where love is seen as a disease, or 'amor deliria nervosa', as it is called in the book. 

The story shows a quite disturbing future in which everyone must be cured of love at the age of 18. They are also matched with someone to marry and are told how many children they need to have together. Saying 'I Love You' or being overly affectionate with others is illegal.

The main character, Lena, has had quite a difficult past. We learn the backstory of her mother who, despite having the cure on several occasions, always managed to feel love. When Lena meets Alex, she learns what love truly is and starts to question the 'Cure'.

The ending of this book drove me crazy - I want the second book now! This is the fascinating first book in a series which I'm sure will be a huge hit.

I'd rate this book:
★★★★
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