Series: Gallagher Girls #5
Published by Disney-Hyperion, Brilliance Audio on March 13, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, General, Action & Adventure, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Friendship
Source: Brilliance Audio
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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 that 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.
Audio Review: The narrator for Cammie sounds much older than a teen. I soon discovered that that didn’t bother me. This is one of the few female narrators that I actually enjoyed. Listening to the audio of this title was delightful.
Book Review: There isn’t much I can say about the premise of this title that won’t give away a lot of the plot in the first 4 books. Cammie wakes up in the middle of the Swiss Alps with no memory of the past summer. After running to uncover the plot and the people behind the mysterious Circle of Cavan, a terrorist organization bent on killing Cammie, she has to recover her tracks to find out what she discovered last summer.
The Gallagher Girls series is one of my absolute favorites. Cammie and her friends are smart, resourceful, and so very girl. Even though this book deals with some of the biggest issues of any of Ally Carter’s previous works, there are still plenty of laugh out loud moments. But, this is definitely the darkest of the Gallagher Girl books. Cammie has to come to grips with some very tough problems, including how to get back in her friends’ good graces after she leaves them behind to figure out the clues her father found before his disappearance.
Fans of the series will be pleased with the appearances of some of their favorite characters. Including, but certainly not limited to: Zach, Aunt Abby, Agent Townsend, and of course, Cammie’s loyal friends.
As with all of Carter’s novels, I am pleased to report that the ending is very satisfying. Though I can hardly wait to get my hands on the final book in this series, its conclusion will be bittersweet.