Publishing Company: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult—Action/Adventure
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Rating: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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.
This may be the best Gallagher Girl book in the entire series. I'm not even joking when I say this. Ally Carter's grown as a writer as this series goes on, and they're something that I love to read every time. In the fifth book of the Gallagher Girl series, it's where tensions get high. It's where you start to doubt who to trust. It's where you want to send Ally a bunch of emails telling her to get on with writing the next book. I'm tempted to. I really am. But I don't want to be more annoying than I already am.
Talk about a perfect cover. Not only is it a perfect companion to the other books in the series, but it's attention grabbing, as well. I love how with one look, you know it's a Gallagher Girl book and you want to read it. Everything about this book has a pop to it, like that red scarf, the words, and the model. One thing I love the most about these covers is the way the skirt matches the spine of the book. It's really something ingenious and I just love that it corresponds with the skirt of the model.
When Cammie wakes up in a cave, she has no recollection of what happened to her and what she did last summer. All she knows is that she looks completely different, which short, black hair, and last summer is this whopping black hole. And the tricky thing is: everybody needs to know. And Cammie is the one with the answers, only she can't remember. The whole concept of this book is not only intriguing and extremely well thought-out, it provides an excellent and gripping premise to start off with. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time and there was plenty of reason to be, trust me.
One complaint I have about this book was really because of the romance. Zach always wasn't a big presence in the previous books, and he still isn't. Zach's backstory is so important to the story that it wasn't really featured and you didn't get to know more about Zach. There was this point where I thought that Zach actually cared about Cammie and was heartbroken that she disappeared, but then I started to believe it was only because Zach suggested that Cammie run away. There always is this part where it seems like there could be so much more, but there ends up not being more, and it's always just a careful relationship between them two.
What I didn't really like about the Gallagher Girl series was that in the beginning, it seemed that the series was just started because Ally wanted to write about random spy-related things, but then it seemed like the first two books were published to build us up to the real purpose: the Circle of Cavan. Evil, corrupted, and Zach's mom, the leader of the Circle is out to get Cammie, and the motives become clear in this book. This book is dramatic, thrilling, and nothing you'd expect. And it's mostly because of Zach's mom, who I am thrilled to soon find more about.
There were so many questions answered here, but many questions took their place. It's as if there was this constant need to keep us guessing, formulating a prediction, just for that prediction to be dead wrong in the next chapter, and for the process to repeat all over again until the last page of this book. I said it once and will say it again: this book is the best book in the Gallagher Girl series and Ally Carter has definitely out-done herself. Without a doubt.