April 25, 2012
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Gallagher Girls #5
Review Source: For review from Hachette Book Group Canada (@HBGCanada)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
Once she returns to school, however, 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. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
I was worried that I had outgrown the Gallagher Girls a bit. I've been reading the books since they first came out 6 years ago, and I've changed a lot in my reading habits and tastes since then. Thankfully Ally Carter knows how to keep a series fresh and interesting, and how to grow her characters along with the reader. The Gallagher Girls are amazing characters who are intelligent, strong, and likeable, and as always this book is chock full of puzzles, mysteries, and tons of spy fun.
I also wasn't sure about this volume initially because it's about Cammie losing time and memories. So often I feel like this plot device tears apart a series and makes a character unlikeable. Well I don't know why I had so many worries, because this wasn't the case at all. Cammie's missing time only made her more strong and determined. She worries about what might have happened during the summer she can't remember, but she never whines or feels too sorry for herself. I loved how Cammie tried to piece it all together. There was just enough mystery about it and some sadness to it all, but Cammie was just her brave and determined self through it all.
'Out of Sight, Out of Time' is filled with crazy action that will have you wondering who to trust as you try and figure out what happened to Cammie. It's such agonizing fun to try and unravel it all alongside the Gallagher Girls and the lovely Zach. This is an awesome installment that is just as good as the previous novels, and the only negative I can see is that you'll be dying for the next (and final!) Gallagher Girls book when you finish with it.
You know, I like the pose and I love the concept of these covers in general (the random note type of letters, the plaid), but I really hate the colour combination on this one.
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