Out of Sight, Out of Time

Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time (Book 5 in The Gallagher Girls)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: March 13, 2012

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 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 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.

This series started off great, but now? It’s freaking amazing! I’m even more in love with the characters (um, Zach and Cammie? I want you married. Soon.) There’s so much suspense, I literally felt like crying until halfway through the book – because this time, the threat is still there, but Cammie feels more trapped by her own mind than anything else. Not remembering, not realizing what she’s doing, acting on instinct, and then not having her best friends around to help her through it? Anyone would go insane, let alone a TEENAGE girl SPY with freaking TERRORISTS trying to KILL her. Or at least kidnap her.

Ally did a great job putting Cammie’s emotions on the page. I was just as lost as she was, which allowed me to identify with her. The entire beginning, all I wanted to do was crawl into bed (while I was reading), and cry (because what I was reading was terribly sad). Meanwhile, Cammie is 1. distrusted by the entire school, 2. believes her friends hate her, 3. is being basically ignored by Zach, 4. is being told that maybe she shouldn’t remember what happened. So, she pretty much feels like crap. And then everything is cleared up in one HUGE TWIST at the end. OMG I couldn’t have seen that coming with a million hints. I mean, just, WOW. With that ending, I’m sort of angry that she’s writing other books before finishing the series. Apparently, the next one won’t come out until I’m in college. That’s about a year and a half. Seriously authors, could you take pity on a reader once in a while?!

My two favorite scenes in this book were the two with the guns – the one in the CoveOps room, because it gives a hint into the summer and some things she learned on her own, and the one on Mr. Solomon’s property, because it helps with the whole friendship thing. Plus, they both add a lot of drama to the pot, and they were both so well written! Honestly though, if haven’t read the series, this book is PLENTY reason to start from the beginning. It is well worth it. Tiny details come back to haunt the characters (and the reader) from previous books.

SPOILER HINT:

Pay special attention to Cammie’s memories and the actual CoveOps reports she does!

SPOILER OVER

Another reason to finish the series? You learn more about – dare I say it – Cammie’s dad. And let me tell you, that is HUGE!!!!! I can’t even express how well this book was written to capture the readers and make them feel like part of the book, almost as if theywereCammie. And how figuring things out with the characters just makes reading the series all the more enjoyable.

SO GO PICK UP THE SERIES!! NOW!! I’m not kidding, you won’t regret it.

~Yours Truly

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