Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter is the second book in the Gallagher Girls series, following I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. After reading “I’d Tell You I Love You…” my main complaint was that the plot was a little bit light. I wanted my spy-y action. I felt mostly the same with Cross My Heart. I can’t help but compare this series to Ally Carter’s Heist Society series (which I love) that is loaded with fun action. I probably ought to just leave the comparison alone, and enjoy this series for what it is, but I still think I prefer Heist Society’s Kat to Gallagher Girls’s Cammie.
BUT, I do admit that I liked Cross My Heart more than the first one. While I get frustrated with Cammie—who is supposed to be a super spy with a good reputation, but does very little to earn that reputation—I think there was some development in this book towards something greater. I’m actually looking forward to the next book in the series, because I’m getting the feeling that we might get to see some real action. This book gave us a taste of it, and was a better showcase for the talents that Cammie and her friends have. Also, I much prefer Zach to Josh as a love interest, so I’m hoping we get to see more of him.
Overall, this book was a fun read. Just like the first, I’d describe it as nice, light read for a lazy afternoon. I’d recommend this, and the series, especially with the premonition that things are gonna get better from here.
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