Ally Carter Books
Today I am going to be discussing
two series of books by Ally Carter. Ally Carter is an American author of young-adult
fiction and adult fiction novels. The books that I will be reviewing are
two series that I have read and love: The Gallagher Girl Books and
Heist Society Books.
All Things Spy, Girly and Young-Adult
The first series I read was the
Gallagher Girl Books. I found this series in my school library in the UK- and I
instantly knew that they were for me.
have been interested in crime, detective and spy books and television programs
for a long time. So when I saw these books I was immediately attracted to them.
After all, not only are they spy books, but they are also young-adult fiction
featuring teenage girls in an all girl school. How exciting! Everyone I know
who has read the books have spoken very highly of them and for good reason,
they are fantastic.
So there are 6 books in the
Gallagher girl series. These are all of the books of the Gallagher Girls
Series in the correct order:
- 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
- Out of Sight, Out of Time
- United We Spy
I know what you are thinking,
those names stand out! The names of each of the books are so clever and
engaging, and so it set a great first impression for me. Who wouldn’t be
curious to read a series of books with the first one titled :' I'd tell you I
love you but then I'd have to Kill you'?!
Synopsis of each of the books:
I'd Tell You I love You But Then
I'd Have to Kill You
I suppose a lot of teenage girls
feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that's me -Cammie the
Chameleon. But I'm luckier than most because, at my school, that's considered
I go to a school for spies.
What a brilliant way to start the
books! As a reader, I was instantly drawn in. For teenage girls, the opening
can be quite relatable. Then the spy bomb is sprung on us and you are slightly
taken aback. When do you ever hear of a school for spies?
Interesting Information to Know:
The main character of the books
in the Gallagher Girl Series is Cammie Morgan.
- In the first book Cammie meets
and ordinary boy who thinks that she is an ordinary girl. So she has to fight hard to keep her secret
spy life away from him.
- Cammie may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable
of killing a man in several different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked
spaghetti), but even this situation is a complex one for her to deal with.
may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she is doing something
riskier than ever- she is falling in love.
Synopsis of the rest five books:
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
- Cammie begins a new semester at
her school, but these questions keep lurking in her mind: Does 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?
- In this book Cammie is hoping to
have a calm and chilled out semester. However, that is a lot to ask for when
you go to a spy school. Nothing is ever as it seems.
Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover
- This is the book when Cammie
Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston. She is there to watch Macey's
father accept a nomination for Vice President of the United States.
thinks she is in for an exciting end to her summer break. But things turn risky
when the girls find themselves trapped in a kidnapper's dangerous plot, with only their espionage
skills to save them.
- Shocking secrets and old flames
seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her
friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can they
keep her safe?
Only The Good Spy Young
- 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.
- This book is based on events
surrounding the period that an ancient terrorist organization dead attempts to
- The danger follows her everywhere
and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. This book involves a terrifying
London encounter and a rogue double agent.
Out of Sight, Out of Time
- Cammie has been running away from
the Circle of Cavan, an anti-terrorist organization that has been hunting her
for over a year.
- This book begins as
Cammie wakes up in a alpine convent. She discovers that months have passed and
she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole.
- Once she returns to
school, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more
questions than answers.
- Cammie, her friends, and
mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they
travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that
Cammie left behind. They must race against time.
United We Spy
- This is the last book in the
Gallagher Girls series. I was so pleased when I finished reading this book, as
the ending is satisfying.
- I would even say that it was the best ending of any
non-fiction book I have ever read. It ends in just the right way.
- Anyway what is the book about?
Well, 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.
And there you have it, the
break-down of the Gallagher Girls series.
My opinion of the Gallagher
The books are amazing and I would
definitely recommend it to teenage girls aged 13-16. The book is fluid and easy
to read, the vocabulary is well chosen and engaging .
Ally Carter's style of
righting is phenomenal and this is another aspect that instantly drew me close
to the books.
As you read the series you gain a deeper understanding of the
plot and characters and you feel a special connection with the girls.
takes you on a whirl-wind of adventure as she manages to break all the rules
and grow up a bit. The book has a lot of suspense and will catch you off guard
sometimes. I like my books no other way! An amazing read!
When you read a good book, you
form a special kind of trust with the author and who want to read more of their
work. Naturally then, I search for more
Ally Carter books and I found Heist Society. I purchased the books and got stuck in the pages.
There are 3 books in the Heist
- Heist Society
- Uncommon Criminals
- Perfect Scoundrels
Interesting Information to know:
- Katarina Bishop is the main
character from the Heist Society Series. She belongs to a family of expert thieves,
the best in the trade.
- When Katarina Bishop was three,
her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh
birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown
- When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way
into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family
business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves
harder than she’d expected.
In the book, the first in the
Heist Society Series, a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art
collection and wants to retrieve it. Kat's dad is the suspect list. For Kat,
there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back.
- In this book Katarina Bishop is asked
to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful
- There are only three
problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty
years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of
Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world,
history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that
makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.
- The mission is controversial,
even within Katarina Bishop's family of thieves. Which means this time,
Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
- W.W. Hale the fifth is Katarina
Bishop's close friend. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s
billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and
their old heists in his new role.
- But Kat won’t let him go that easily,
especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might
have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune.
- Kat comes up with an ambitious
and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To
pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible.
And that my friends, is the Heist
Society Series in a nutshell.
My opinions of the Heist Society
- I really enjoyed Ally Carters
books yet again. They are just as well written as the first. The plots are
intricate and well thought out.
- However I think that teens ages 15-16 would
probably enjoy these books more that younger kids because the subject matter is
more mature. I think that overall Heist Society is a brilliant series that will
keep you entertained for hours.
books will make you think and they are wrapped up with emotion and antiquity
that will get you hook. Ally Carter has a real talent for creating great
people, dialogue .
- The interaction between world of thieves and normal people
is spectacular. The connections and thought behind the books are intelligent and
There have been suggestions that
both series will be made into movies, but that hasn’t happened for a while now.
However I won't give up hope!
Your Questions about Ally Carter
Books answered. The responses below are from Ally Carter.
Ally Carter get the idea for The Gallagher Academy?
I was watching the TV show ALIAS one night and misunderstood
what was happening in the episode. I thought it was about a girl at a spy
school, but it wasn’t. It didn’t matter that I was wrong, though, because by
that point I couldn’t stop wondering what I spy school would be like, and I
knew I had to write that story.
Where did you come up with the name
The name Gallagher comes from
Gallagher-Iba Arena at my alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
Where did you
get the idea for Heist Society?
The short story is that I was in
my car, listening to an audiobook. There was a line in the book–something like
“I felt like a cat burglar in my own house”, and I immediately knew I wanted to
write a story about a girl named Kat who was a burglar.
Who is more like you, Kat or Cammie?
Well, I’m neither spy nor thief, but I’m sure part of me is in both of
them. Kat grew up in a male-dominated world and she’s used to being the only
girl in the room. That is something from my life/world that I absolutely
brought to Kat’s character.
Other Ally Carter Books:
- My True Love Gave To Me -
collection of short stories.
- Double Crossed - A Spies and
- A Gallagher Wedding - Short Story
- Books for Adults:
- Learning to Play Gin
- Cheating at Solitaire
Next up on my Ally Carter Reading
This brings me to a new series
named the Embassy Series. The book that was released at the start of this year
is called All Fall Down.
The book looks interesting and
the main character is a girl named Grace Blakely. This is the first part of the
Grace Blakely is absolutely
certain of three things:
She is not crazy.
Her mother was murdered.
Someday she is going to find the
killer and make him pay.
The synopsis ends with these
Her past has come back to hunt
her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will
get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like
dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
Eeek! It sounds so intriguing.
Can't wait to get started on this new series. I hope you have enjoyed reading my review and
the brief summaries of Ally Carters Books in the Gallagher Girls and Heist
Society Series. You can find the books below for purchase.
Gallagher Girl Series
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