Today, I'm reviewing United We Spy for YA Contemporary/Contemporary Thursday.
This review is a lot shorter than our normal reviews, because I want to avoid spoilers! If you want to find out what happens, you're just going to have to read this book yourself!
Published September 17th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Format reviewed: Physical copy (owned)
Synopsis via Goodreads:
In fact, I loved the books so much, I even ended up buying all of the British editions of the books when I was living in England, just because I was feeling homesick and I knew that reading about Cammie, Bex and everyone else's adventures, would help me feel closer to home.
So when it came time to buy United We Spy, it was with both anticipation and a hint of sadness. I was eager to figure out how Ally would wrap up all of the books, but I also didn't want the series to end.
Fortunately for me, the book was everything I hoped for. The book opens in the aftermath of the last book, and brings the girls back to the school - after a side trip or two - as they try to figure out their next move in their effort to stop the Circle.
On the way, we learn even more about the girls than we thought possible, including just how one or two of the girls ended up as a Gallagher Girl in the first place. I was genuinely surprised by some of the revelations, while others made me grin and think "OF COURSE that would happen."
After the girls regroup, it's a non-stop series of obstacles, challenges, bombshells as the girls race around the world to try and put a stop to the Circle's evil plans (or EEEEVILLL - because they are!) once and for all, and Cammie tries to put together all of the challenge and hurts that she's personally faced in the past.
I loved the fact that while the girls were running around the world, there was still romance, drama and even some not so-unexpected (but seriously awesome) revelations about characters and relationships.
I've read plenty of final books in series where I felt like there were too many unanswered questions, but that totally wasn't the case here. Carter does a masterful job of tying up loose ends, bringing character arcs to a close, while also leaving readers with the idea that the Gallagher Girls are going to continue with their adventures, long after the final page of the book.
(In fact, there's a extended scene where Carter passes the torch, in a way that I think readers will love!)
I personally closed the book with a happy sigh (and a tear or two in my eye), and I think fans of the series will absolutely feel the same way.
I recommend this book (and this series) for everyone, full stop. But I especially recommend this book for educators, parents and readers who are looking for books featuring a protagonist that is brave beyond all measure, and willing to accept all the obstacles in life to become the person that she's meant to be.
Cammie Morgan, I'm going to miss you!
About the author:
Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She'd tell you more, but...well...you know...