Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Review: Out of Sight, Out of Time

TITLE: Out of Sight, Out of Time
Book 5 in the Gallagher Girls series
AUTHOR: Ally Carter
GENRE: Mystery, adventure
PREMISE: Camie wakes up to discover she can't remember her whole summer and everyone thought she was dead.
MY REVIEW: It is a truth, universeally acknowledged among readers that making a book series interesting and as entertaining as it was past the fourth book is very very hard. There's a reason trilogies are more popular then long running series or that long running series are taking the spin-off route (Percy Jackson for example) instead of just being long. I am proud to say Gallagher Girls avoids the long series curse.
Part of it is because Carter is very smart in how she writes this series. She brings in plot twists gradually, she has her characters change but still retain all that we love about them, and her books are frankly entertaining as hell. Somehow she takes the silly idea of a spy school and makes it work in a smart way. See? Silly ideas don't HAVE to be dumb (yes, I'm looking at you Stephanie Meyer. Twilight could have been SO much better then it was had you thought outside the romance cliche box). In this one, the twist was that Camie lost her memory so we are just as in the dark about what went down during the summer as she is and it makes for great reading because it's clear Cammie changed and discovered things over that summer but we don't know WHAT and HOW. It's a brillaint move really because it keeps the books interesting because now we get to see the changes that happened while she was gone.
So in short this book is just as entertaining as the rest of the series. Ally Carter continues to be a fun author whose books I look forward to each year. I can't wait to read Heist Society 3 and the next book in this series. Can we please get these series made into a movie? Mostly because I want Gallagher merchandise but also because the movies would be fabulous and I think would be a nice change of pace in terms of role models for girls. We need more Cammies and less Bella Swans.
WHO SHOULD READ: Heist Society fans, those that have read books 1-4, adventure fans, James Bond fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five gallagher girls patches

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