Series and Book #: Gallagher Girl Series #5
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 that 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 dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that 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 will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
There is a reason I love this author, this series, and pretty much everything Gallagher Girl. Because it's freaking awesome!
First, Carter did an amazing job of writing Cammie's amnesia. This is going to sound really weird, but there was so much mystery. Of course, Cammie couldn't remember what happened, but neither could anyone else. This lead to a race around the world to figure out where Cammie was and what she was doing before the Circle of Cavan could strike again. And they did, and Cammie went all kick ass ninja. Leading to more chasing and adventuring and everything spy!
Cammie and Zach's romance has never been the biggest part of the Gallagher Girl Series, but I think that it was more touched upon in this novel because of Cammie's amnesia and her running away. Like Cammie's friends, Zach was affected when she left, and you see this whole new side to him. More compassionate and protective. For the rest of her friends, everything was mostly the same, except Cammie never got any time alone.
Overall, Carter amped up the adventure and suspense. Since Cammie doesn't know anything about what happened for the past four months she doesn't know why the Circle is after her this time and she doesn't know who else could be after her. Also, the amount of mystery was crazy! First the song that she keeps hearing, then her father's journal that's suddenly gone missing, and when she figures out where she's been.... It was so much fun connecting the pieces with Cammie. Omigod, when will the next one be out!?
The Cover: Hidden identity: out of sight. Running away: out of time.