Review: United We Spy by Ally Carter

Title: United We Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Orchard Books/ Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 303

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Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Monisah’s thoughts:
This month, we picked out “Read a series finale” from our TBR Jar, and so I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to finish The Gallagher Girls series! I had been putting it off way too long because this series is one of my ultimate favourite series ever, and I just didn’t want it to end. Although I am so glad I read this book, I am now experiencing what can only be described as A Gallagher Girls Hangover. I am seriously contemplating to start this series all over again. This cannot be the end. I am not ready to say goodbye.

The book had everything I had hoped for; action, humour, romance and crazy plot twists that I didn’t see coming. It was a perfect finale to a series I love so much. I cannot think of another series (except Harry Potter) that left me so satisfied with the ending. I felt so many emotions; sad the series was ending, emotional because of the events that unfolded, and happy because everything worked out in the end! Ally Carter’s writing is so refreshing to read. Everything was put together so well, which left me with no questions about the plot when I completed the book. Well, I do have one question… DO CAMMIE AND ZACH GET MARRIED AND HAVE BEAUITIFUL SPY-WORTHY CHILDREN?!

I started reading the Gallagher Books at the start of high school, and finished them nearing the end of high school, so it feels as though I have grown up with these characters. The book starts with Cammie visiting a university she might want to attend, which is so relatable at this point in my life. It just made the experience of reading this series all the more special. It was so lovely to watch these girls, and Zach grow up and I’ve loved following them along the journey. (Excuse me while I get emotional…) Liz’s speech at the end of the book was perfect and had me in tears, so I’m just going to leave you guys with my favourite quote from the book: “What is a Gallagher Girl? Anything she wants to be.”

Rating: 5/5 (obviously!)

Thank you so much for reading this guys, and I apologise because it’s been a while since we’ve posted anything!

Stay beautiful,

Monisah xo

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher:
Walker Books
Publication Date:
2011
Pages:
310

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The Blurb:

Lennie Walker,

Seventeen, Wuthering Heights obsessed, clarinet player, band geek. Also hopeless romantic, prone to scattering poems all over town and as for four weeks ago sisterless…

A heart-breaking, heart-lifting, utterly compelling and completely unforgettable novel about fist love and first loss.”

The Book in 3 Words:

Un. Freaking. Believable.

Ayesha’s Thoughts:

Firstly I would just like to climb onto my roof and scream out my thanks to lovereading.com for sending me this book to review. I was sent the new cover of “The Sky is Everywhere” which is due to be released in February 2015, and may I add it is gorgeous.

This novel was a work of art. It has definitely made its way all the way to the top of my favourite books. From the cover, to the little poems Lennie wrote at the start of every chapter, to the writing, it was absolutely beautiful.

I feel as though I need to dedicate a whole paragraph to Jandy Nelsons writing. Nelson is a published poet and let me just say this girl can write. She captured the scene and characters perfectly. The metaphors Nelson used were out of this world, they were ones I would never have thought of myself, but now I wouldn’t be able to think of anything that would describe better. I found myself marking my favourite quotes, while I was reading, because I couldn’t just let them be forgotten. Some of my favourites were:

“Everyone jumped to their feet
and started clapping,
I remember thinking the roof would blow
from the thunder in our hands.”

“The cloak of being fine I wear with everyone else slips right off my shoulders.”

“When he plays
all the flowers swap colours
and years and decades and centuries
of rain pour back into the sky.”

In the story, Lennie loses her older sister, which makes grief a huge theme of the book. I thought Nelson described the grief of losing someone close to you in a perfect way. It was a real comfort to read. Loneliness was also another huge theme, making Lennie do all the crazy things she did. I also loved the relationships between the characters, the way the loss of someone close to you affects so many different people in so many different ways. The feelings and emotions were portrayed in such a realistic way, I found they were so easy to relate to!

I would also like to take my hat off to Jandy Nelson because the love triangle in the book didn’t take away the focus off the grief, in fact there was a very good balance in the story. Overall, I absolutely loved this book, and I definitely recommend this wonderful story to everyone!!

Rating: 5/5

Thank you everyone for reading!! I hope you have an amazing week!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha xx