Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mini Reviews: Two-Way Street, Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2), & Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4)

Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Pages: 296
Publication: June 26, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Summary taken from goodreads:
There are two sides to every breakup. 
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. 
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet. 
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care. 
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot. 
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.


Reading so many great reviews and remarks about this book gave me too high expectations; I was expecting a contemporary novel fit to rival Sarah Dessen, but with more angst.

The book was still good, but the characters' voices were very...immature at times for high school graduates.

Overall, TWO-WAY STREET was a good book, although every mention of MySpace made me laugh. It's crazy to think about just how a few years can change the contents of a book.

Title: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 355
Publication: February 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Summary taken from goodreads:
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life. 
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.


Much better than the first book in terms of writing, but man, Violet was so frustrating for the majority of the book.

Title: Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4)
Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 265
Publication: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
Summary taken from goodreads:
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. 
When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart. 
In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.


What I love about this series is the fact that it doesn't take long to be completely and totally sucked into the story, and this book was no exception. 

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