Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hachette Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.


‘I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You’ was – IS – the best spy-girl novel in the WORLD! I’ve LOVED re-reading this novel: ESPECIALLY with the series’ beautiful new covers!
There is a reason why Ally Carter is a legitimate New York Times Bestseller. The reason: she manages to successfully pull off the wildest stories of all and make them an unforgettable read for the YA community. I have read ALL of Ally Carter’s works, and every one is a unique literary gem. But her series, the ‘Gallagher Girls’, is the ORIGINAL spy series – YOU MUST READ IT!
Cammie Morgan is a character that will appeal to all readers out there. I’m not quite sure how to describe her (this may also be what appeals to me so much about her), but Cammie is a mixture of bookworm/introvert and this super cool spy girl. Her whole world is this unimaginable world of spies, secret agents, gadgets and exceptional education. Her secret world creates this atmosphere of excitement and tension. It’s so unbelievable it’s BELIEVABLE!
Ally Carter writes with an understanding and complete knowledge of her world. It’s confident and simple yet elegant. I love how easily her words carry across to her readers and that the moments with meaning are so readily accessible to her readers! What I mean by that is: Every single moment that held some sort of big importance or was emotionally significant created and impact on me. I would tear up when Cammie was sad, I would laugh out loud when she was amused! It was fantastic.
However, I had a few setback returning to this series.
One of them was that the series relies SO heavily on plot twists that sometimes rereading the novels was a bit dry. Reading it isn’t as tense and exciting as it would have been the first time around. I already knew what was going to happen and it ruined the novel for me in some ways. One of the positives about rereading this novel was that I had a greater understanding of Cammie and I was returning to a favourite character. But, in the end, the cons outweighed the pros.
To build on top of that, knowing what was going to happen in the rest of the series eclipsed this first novel. Each novel in the ‘Gallagher Girls’ series outdoes the previous instalment so that each previous book becomes slightly…less?…compared to the others. By the sixth and final novel, the plot is SO great that reading book one is like a giant fall from a high that you’ve been riding. For first time readers, this is great! For readers returning the series, it was like reading a full-length-novel prequel or a three-hundred-page introduction to the ‘Gallagher Girls’ world.
As always, Ally Carter wrapped up her novel in such a way that leaves you begging and on the edge of your seat for the next instalment. Reading the epilogue of the novel was BEYOND any massive cliff-hanger that you can possible think of. If you can think of a cliffie that you believe will be greater than the one in THIS novel: Well, I CHALLENGE you to pick up ‘I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You’!
Congratulations to Ally Carter on the publication of her tenth anniversary editions of the ‘Gallagher Girls’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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