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Out of Sight, Out of Time - Ally Carter

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Author: Ally Carter / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 05 April 2012 / Genre: Adventure Stories / Subcategory: Children's Fiction / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time / ISBN 13: 9781408314746 / ISBN 10: 1408314746

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      05.03.2013 22:34
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      Cammie returns to Gallagher Academy with 4 months of her memory missing

      WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for those who have not read the previous four books in the series.

      At the end of Only The Good Spy Young, Cammie was just sneaking out of Gallagher Academy having decided that she was a putting everyone else's lives at risk by being around her. Out of Sight, Out of Time begins with Cammie in a strange place and she has absolutely no recollection of how she got there. She's in extremely bad shape and according to the nun who's with her when she wakes up, she's been sleeping for six whole days. To make matters worse, it turns out that four months have passed since Cammie left her family and friends at Gallagher Academy and she hasn't got the faintest idea what she was doing during those four months or how she came to be in a nunnery in the Alps. As soon as Cammie can, she calls for help and is reunited with her friends and family, but things will never be the same for Cammie. Cammie has been badly damaged by the traumatic events that have befallen her during the past four months and though she can't remember any of it, it's evident that it wasn't a breezy summer vacation for Cammie. She left Gallagher Academy to seek out the Circle of Cavan, who were trying to kidnap her for unknown reasons, but with a really bad case of amnesia, we have no idea whether or not she found them and if she did, what happened. Cammie's world has been turned completely upside down with her family and friends treating her like a ticking time bomb, but she's determined to get her memory back, no matter how painful those memories might be.

      So if you've been reading my reviews, you'll know that my excitement about this series has grown and grown and grown with every book and Out of Sight, Out of Time was so much better than I expected it would be. It was quite removed from the setting of the other books as a lot of it was spent away from Gallagher Academy and its academic setting and things were much more about spies in the field. This book was absolutely filled with mystery and action. The reader is just as much in the dark as Cammie is as to what happened during those four months when she was away and gradually little snippets of information are leaked out and a larger picture begins to form. This book was in no way shape or form preditable and I had absolutely no idea what to expect (quite a feat for a young adult book these days). There are so many plot twists as the story unfolds and I love that they weren't exclusive to the main Cammie storyline but they also included other characters. In my previous review, I said that the plot had started to hone in on the main storyline involving Cammie and the Circle of Cavan, but I think it started to branch out again in Out of Sight, Out of Time as there were lots of insights into the pasts/presents of many other characters. The main supporting characters hasn't changed much at all this series and it still includes: Zach, Joe Solomon, Ms Morgan (Cammie's mom), Aunt Abby, Bex, Liz and Macey.

      This book is wonderfully written and you just can't help but flick through page after page trying to race your way to the end. As Cammie is suffering from Amnesia, there is the feeling that everything is shrouded in mist at the beginning of the book and as the story unfolds, the mist gradually fades away. Perhaps mist isn't the best example because it doesn't capture just how exciting everything about this was but I guess what I'm trying to say is that the story was brilliantly structured so that the clues revealed themselves slowly as the plot unraveled.

      I've mentioned in my previous reviews that this series has gradually been losing its humorous tone and that has continued into book five but it is definitely not a bad thing. The plot line has developed wonderfully into more serious and mature ground and as Cammie has grown up from a naive and sheltered spy in training to an experienced field operations spy, you can detect a distinctive change in tone. I think that underneath, she's still very much the same girl that we met back in book one, but she's been forced to grow up due to the number of life threatening situations she has been (and still is) in. In some of the other books I've read Cammie's thoughts and been incredibly irritated by how blind and naive she could be, but now, I believe everything that she believes. The fact that this story is written from Cammie's point of view works very well with this book as you're completely absorbed in Cammie's thoughts as she battles through her memory loss. As a reader, you are sucked into the main character's mind and start to feel everything that she went through which only makes the reading experience that much better. At some points I really felt like I was living vicariously through Cammie and that's all down to the brilliance of Ally Carter's writing.

      I was under the impression that this was the last in the Gallagher Girls series, but turns out it isn't! Not quite sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I suppose it's a good thing because there's more to this story, but I'm going to go crazy waiting for the next book to come out! Thankfully this book doesn't end on too much of a cliffhanger but I'm still dying to find out what happens next.

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