Saturday, July 20, 2013

Before I Read United We Spy

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.

United We Spy by Ally Carter

Release: September 10, 2013
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.
Wow. This series, one in which I have been invested since seventh grade and one of my all time favorites, is really ending. Already, I feel nostalgic and am overwhelmed with a twisted sense of satisfaction and sadness that comes from saying goodbye to beloved characters.

The thing I like best about this cover is the way it conveys that emotion. The graduation gown and diploma fit so well, hinting that the students of the Gallagher Academy are ready to face the next stage in their spying lives, ready to confront the Circle of Cavan no matter the danger it poses, and ready to leave their home of four years. They, too, must move on, just as we as readers will. This cover is poignant. It's scary. It's descriptive. And it makes me want to read the book both more and less at the same time.


  1. I completely agree with you! It demonstrates that emotion and makes me want to read it even more and even less at the same time. A graduation gown makes me nostalgic and I can't help, but panic at the thought of it being the last book!

    1. Panic is a precisely descriptive word for this situation. I am so worried about how this series will end, although I know we are in Ally Carter's capable hands.

  2. I love your description of this cover- it's perfect! I've been reading these books since I was in 7th grade, too, and I find it kind of amusing (in a sad way) that I'll be graduating the same year as the Gallagher Girls series.

    1. Growing up with characters is great because it helps you connect with them, but it also makes parting harder for the same reason. At least we have our fellow Gallagher Girls fans to support us in this trying time.


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