My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay so this was more surprising than I thought. ALl I can say is, this was a great ending. Review to come.
Here it is. The Review.
What can I say? You know there are so many series I’m discovering that are actually an improvement from the first book in the series. Let’s see, I Am Number Four is definitely one where I didn’t like the first book much because it was too focussed on the boring stuff. But all the other books following…I loved.
Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series is a little like that. I thought book one was fine, book two introduced a hotter love interest, but still, it was just fine in my books. Book three, the same, and so on, until well, book five: Out of Sight, Out of Time. Now THAT was much darker than I’d anticipated. It was definitely surprising, and well, I have to say I really liked it.
But this one, United We Spy, this was definitely the best conclusion for this series. Well, Catherine Goode was a little unconvincing at the end with her talk about her reasons behind her actions. She just seemed crazy and I can’t remember her being that crazy in the other novels.
You see, that’s the problem with leaving a book to so long to read. Particularly if you’ve been waiting so long that you forgot most of the details of book five, so I forgot that Cammie and Zach had gotten together in that one, same as the relationship between Aunt Abby and Agent Townsend.
But it also gave me the chance to read this story from fresh lol! And yeah, I loved the conclusion.
HOWEVER. I have one major issue. I swear what’s the deal with how quick the discovery of Zach’s father? It was revealed, mulled over and then, became the least of everyone’s worries. Sure they had a heart to heart talk probably, but I don’t feel any other connection – whether strained or on a mutual level – between Zach and said father. So I found the ending a little surprising. Particularly since they seemed on such good terms.
FINALLY. I really liked Cammie’s growth in this. I think she has the most growth in book 5 and book 6. I love that she develops. Without that development, I’d think that United We Spy could have been as great as it was. So I’m glad she grew in this! I’m really glad.
As for spy novels, this is just one series of many. If you’re interested in girl/female spy novels,this isn’t so bad because it’s all there, plus there’s a bit of cheese, but mostly, there’s the mission.