Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Mini Book Review: Spy Books
Also Known As.
You Don't Know My Name.
Let us call all of these books "Gallagher Girls Series Hangover"
Because ever since I read it, I have been searching for more books like it. But have I found them?
It wouldn't have been such a problem if my favorite period in history wasn't The Cold War and I hadn't read two non-fiction books and an autobiography on the OSS and CIA.
So therefore books like Also Known As are EXTREMELY painful to read.
Not the Robin Benway's book would be amazing if you didn't know random facts about spies. This book is terrible. The plot was horrible. The characters were either mush or unemotional. (The Main Character's new friend was the only person who wasn't a cardboard cutout...And therefore was the only person I remotely liked.)
It made me cry...because it was that bad. If I had a rating that was less then 1 Star....this book would have gotten it. It is also in the running as this years most hated read! Congratulations to Also Known As!
The Heist Society was the first series I read after the Gallagher Girls. After all...it was by the same author! How could it be bad?
But the characters seemed like copies of characters from the Gallagher Girls. And she plagiarized herself a couple times...Yep. Used a couple sentences that were exactly the same at the ones uttered by Cammie Morgan in the Gallagher Girls. And not little things like "I like waffles."
And it didn't have nearly enough...actual lawbreaking? I was expecting something more along the lines of Six of Crows. And it's not what I got.
(Though Hale's name does intrigue me...)
Embassy Row (also by Ally Carter) was the next series I read.
And while I liked it better then I did Heist Society...it never quite felt real. It was never believable.
That's the thing about the Gallagher Girls...A boarding school that is actually training girls to become spies? (Or you know...whatever they want to be) (Technically they're training them to be the best of the best in whatever they do.)
But it was believable.
You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando was actually my favorite of the three. (Also Known As doesn't count)
It started out so well.
It was realistic. It was well written.
And then the ending. No, I won't spoil it for you...so lets just say that the ending was unrealistic and that never would have happened.
So, have you read any of these books? HAVE YOU READ THE GALLAGHER GIRL SERIES YET? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD! Do you have any spy/secret organization books for me? Tell me more?