Monday, March 25, 2019

The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter

This past weekend, I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter and narrated by Rebecca SolerListening time for The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter is 2 hours, 55 minutes.

I was able to download The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter for FREE to my Kindle from Audible. Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Spies That Bind.

Ally Carter has been on my radar for quite awhile, but The Spies That Bind is the first thing I've read by her. This novella is a prequel to The Gallagher Girls Series and is aimed primarily for middle schoolers.

I enjoyed the premise of The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter and Rebecca Soler did a good job narrating this novella. Despite liking this novella overall, I wasn't overly impressed by it and have no plans to read the rest of the series or other works written by Ally Carter. 

One of the biggest issues I had with The Spies That Bind is that the entire novella felt too contrived to me. I wanted more depth, less angst, and less predictability.

The following is a plot summary for The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter from Amazon:
An original novella and prequel to Ally Carter's New York Times best-selling Gallagher Girls series, exclusively on Audible.

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she'll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check.

Cammie might be a Gallagher legacy, but she's about to learn that the most intimidating part about the Gallagher Academy are the Gallagher Girls themselves. Soon Cammie and her clumsy-but-genius roommate Liz, and the glamorous Bex have to learn the most important lesson of the seventh grade: getting into spy school is hard. Surviving spy school is harder.

Ally Carter is the author of many beloved series, including Heist Society and the Embassy Row novels, and Not If I Save You First.
I'm giving The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


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    1. I liked it, but felt it could have been better without the middle school angst and being a bit contrived.