Thursday, March 15, 2012

Out of Truths, Out of Lies

Out of Sight, Out of Time
By: Ally Carter
Reported by: Julianna Helms

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 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.

-Summary from Goodreads
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I needed something fun, and Out of Sight, Out of Time didn't offer me that. It offered me something more: melancholy and honesty.

  Ally Carter will always have a special place in my heart. It is because of her that I traveled to the RT BookLovers Convention last year and fell in love with YA books. She has changed my life, literally. So even though I thought that Out of Sight, Out of Time was not the strongest book in the series--that it jarred in pacing between a dark and regretful voice and a fun and careless prose--those flaws, I am willing to overlook, because the story underneath is an absolute gem.

This book was magnificently filling. I guess I sort of felt like nothing truly happens, and let me explain myself before you start hitting me on the head with a club or whatnot: Dramatic twists are unraveled, clandestine mysteries are pursued, and this was just brilliant. But was there ever a time when I thought that, this, this is why the book absolutely had to exist

Sadly, no.

I always ask myself that when I'm reading a later installment in a rather long series. I am so bipolar: I am telling you that this book was amazing, even though it did not wow me, nor did it shock me with its necessity. But the truth is, I don't know how else to say it. I guess I didn't really think I'd love this book and be disappointed both at once. I am, though: I am and all I can really think to say is that Ally Carter gave me the feeling you get when you gaze at the night full of stars, only to realize that there are less sparklers in the sky than the night before. The sky is still beautiful and bright, but it is not all-encompassing.

Out of Sight, Out of Time is an intricately weaved tale full of fabulously simple writing, complex twists, and a heart that runs miles deep beneath the pages. Find its beat, and that is where love is born.
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Julianna

    Very truthful review. I really like how mature the characters were in the book and the return of a certain character.

    I love how you talked about stargazing, i love that activity. I enjoyed this book more and felt it was more needed than the fourth. I enjoyed the trip to rome and the discoveries made. I wish we didn't have to wait two years for the last one.

    New follower :)


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