Also, I need to rededicate the picture of a trophy that I posted a while ago for the most views by a single person in one day. It is now for whoever visited our site 116 times on January 24. Thanks to whoever you are!
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
(I copied this from Ally Carter's website. It's also on the back of the book.)
So, I absolutely devoured this book. I even read it on commercial breaks during the Agent Carter premier (Yay, Agent Carter!)! It wasn't quite what I expected, but then, I never quite get what I expect from Ally Carter, although one part is always the same: The books are always amazing. I think that Grace is going to take some getting used to as a character, because for the beginning part of the book, she always sounded like she was trying too hard. However, I like her as a main character, especially towards the end, when I was getting warmed up to her. I realize that Ally Carter said that she wouldn't be like Kat or Cammie, but I guess that that was still sort of what I was expecting. I sort of guessed the twist at the end, but I didn't think that I would be right. It was just one of my (what I thought was) off the wall theories. But then it happened, and I was just left thinking "Wait... what just happened?", because the twist had a twist, and it was sort of great. I don't usually comment on the covers of books, although it happens sometimes, and this is one of those times. I simply adore this cover. The city skyline, combined with the shattering lettering, and the world seal going on, it's just great. That seal is embossed on the actual hard cover part, which is really neat. On the back, they moved the bar code so that it wouldn't obstruct the skyline. I had never seen that before, usually they just let the bar code block the picture. I'll probably touch on this book again once I've had the chance to get further into my process. I have a process that I use to read her books:
1. Read it as fast as you want. Revel in the sheer happiness that is a new Ally Carter book.
2. Read it again, slower this time. Absorb all of the details, and notice a few new things that you missed last time.
3. Repeat step #2 until you can practically quote it.
4. Now find a place on your bookshelf where it will look pretty, and wait for the next one.
5. Preorder the next one, and when it's about a month away or less, reread the first book once to refresh your memory.
That's pretty much how that goes for me. I only do this for her books, because I like to actually get some other reading done. Do I recommend this? Definitely. Will I be getting the next one? Well...yeah! I already expressed my love for all things Gallagher Girls, and while I haven't told you about Heist Society, I adore those too. I advise raiding your local Ally Carter fan's book shelf (although they might make you sign something before they let you touch them), finding a quiet place, and reading. That's your homework for the week. So, have you read this book yet? Do you also adore Ally Carter's writing?