Book Review: Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls 4)

by Ally Carter

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.

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only the Good Spy Young is the Gallagher Girls book I'd like to call "know more about Zach GG book". As always, Ally Carter delivers a fast-paced, thrilling, adventurous, romantic and enigmatic story in this fourth installment of the GG series.
I cannot believe it's the fourth book already! It only feels like yesterday when I opened the first one and read about Cammie and her elite, spy school. I still feel a lot like there's more that we don't know though - about Cammie, her past, her father, and of course Zachary. But I have to say that there are some pretty juicy stuff we'd be (finally) privy to in this book and they're quite surprising.

I love that there's so much more mystery and action in this book than the previous ones. It's packed, fast-paced and there's so much going on in every page turned. I love how Cammie finally unravels bit by bit things about herself and her past she never knew before. We'll see a different, stronger, more grown up Cammie in this one and for that I came to adore her character more. Also we get to see Zach in a whole new light - that there's so much more to the cocky, tough guy exterior he chooses to show. It felt nice to see that for once, Zach was sharing things about himself voluntarily (although very reluctantly) and not hiding the truth with his sarcastic words and swoon-worthy smile. This books presents a vulnerable, soft side to him and I just fell in love with him even more!

This book will definitely not disappoint. I feel that it's cut too short though and that some things should've took more time to develop and unravel. But aside from that, I couldn't come up with anything more to say that I didn't like about the book.
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"Despite having known him for almost a year, there were a lot of things I still didn't know about Zachary Goode. Like how soap and shampoo could smell so much better on him than anyone else. Like where he went when he wasn't mysteriously showing up at random (and frequently dangerous) points in my life. And, most of all, I didn't know how, when he mentioned the jacket, he made me think about the sweet, romantic part of the night last November when he'd given it to me, and not the terrible, bloody, international-terrorists-are-trying-to-kidnap-me part that came right after."

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Tour Stop: The Exemeus + Review, Excerpt and Giveaway!


Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she's been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet. 

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.
His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.
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I received a free ebook copy of the book as part of the blog tour.

“Life isn’t how long you live it, but what you do with it.”

The Exemeus is far from what I expected. I’m not sure if this is a good thing but what I felt when I read the blurb is very different from what I did when I started reading the book. Having said that however, I can say that I greatly enjoyed reading the book and that one should never judge a book by its cover.
Reading the book reminds me a lot of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Considering that I loved that series is just a testament to how good this book is. All parts fantasy, adventure, romance, magic and dystopian, The Exemeus is packed with everything that makes a good book really good.

The protagonist, Dephon Johnson has a very admirable character. He’s the unpopular guy who gets bullied and shoved up the lockers by the more popular jocks. He isn’t exactly a “hero” material but that doesn’t stop him from being fearless and reckless. He is very grounded and down to earth. And he’s ready to take on anyone just to help the people around him. He’s very spontaneous and figuring things about him at the same time that he does makes you connect with him more.   

I liked the transition between the present time and the events of the past. The transition allows very little confusion on the readers’ part since it clearly defines how everything became what they are and it shows how greatly the past affects the present. One can see that everyone has some big part to play and that everything is connected.
I loved reading Hyalee and Singleton’s story. The romance between them didn’t overpower the wholeness of the story but I feel giddy reading Singleton’s sweet, charming comebacks just the same. Hyalee has a strong personality, full of willpower and guts. She’s audacious, quite unpredictable and always with a sarcastic retort.

There was always something happening. It didn’t felt rushed and the buildup was just right. I admit some parts were quite confusing to me and I had a slightly hard time familiarizing myself with a few things (i.e. the magical lexicon) and some of the characters’ names I even forgot while reading, but that doesn’t take away the thrill of reading the book.
What I love most about the book is the characters. Not one of them lacks a sense of humor and personality. Their relationship and the way they interact, one could just relate to them. They were all very fun to read. They’re quirky, enigmatic and dynamic.
With a unique, twisty plot that is mysterious, exciting and humorous, The Exemeus is another good book to add to the ever growing to-read list of book-lovers.


I was trying to think of a surefire way to kill David Morrow, but Virginia’s constant chatter kept disrupting my thoughts. 

“I don’t think you should worry about David. He was a total loser,” Virginia said. “You could do so much better.”

“You’re just saying that,” I told her. “Face it, I’m going to be alone for the rest of my life. Guys want girls who are attractive and popular. They don’t want someone who looks like me.”

“Oh, please, what’s bringing this on? David was nobody, and if a guy only cares about looks, who needs him? Trust me, there are lots of great guys out there who’ll fall for a girl who’s intelligent and funny like you. You don’t need bland David. You need someone who’s so passionate that he lights you on fire.”

“Why don’t I just get some kerosene and a match, and then I can do it myself?”

“Don’t be bitter,” Virginia said as we reached the front door of my house. “Today’s your birthday. We should go out and do something wild.”

Instantly, I became nervous. Whenever Virginia said the word wild in that Spanish accent of hers, I either ended up in a lot of trouble or in a lot of pain. When we were really wild, I ended up in both.

“I don’t think we should do anything of the sort,” I said as I fumbled in my purse for the key.

“No, I definitely think we should go to the salon in the mall and dye our hair pink. Ooohh, oooh,” she said, jumping up and down like she needed to find a ladies’ room fast, “or blue! I could totally see you with blue hair. We don’t have to get it professionally done. We can do it ourselves.”

I looked at her in amazement. She was completely serious. “Do you remember the perm you gave me? My hair is only now growing back.” I found my key and pushed it into the lock. “In fact, it shrinks a little every time you come near it.”

Virginia waved her hand airily, as though what I said was trivial. “You can’t let little things set you back or you’ll end up like...” she leaned over to whisper the last two words as we entered my house, “your father.”

I shook my head. There he was on the couch.

“I’m surprised to find you here, Mr. Smith,” Virginia said cheerfully. She had an amazing talent for keeping the sarcasm out of her voice.

“Hello, Ms. Castellanos,” my dad said. He didn’t bother to take his eyes off the television.

“Anything interesting on?” She derived perverse pleasure from needling my dad. In the beginning he used to get annoyed, but he’s learned to tune her out. Most of the time, anyway.

“You’re not watching this tired old show, are you?” she continued, pointing to the television. “I’ll save you the trouble--he dies in the end.” The vein in my father’s neck bulged, and his jaw clenched. Score, Virginia.

As my father grumpily changed the channel, she said, “Oh, I love this show, I’ve seen every episode a million times. Maybe I’ll come back down in a bit and watch some of it with you.” The muscle in Dad’s neck twitched again. Virginia grinned her sadist’s grin, heading up the stairs with a spring in her step.

“Bye, Dad,” I said, trying to keep from laughing.

“Bye, Hyalee,” he sighed, changing the channel to the local news.

By the time I got upstairs, the door to my room was already open and Virginia was rummaging through my closet.

“What’re you doing?” I threw myself down on the bed. Kicking off my shoes, I picked up the latest issue of People from my nightstand and flipped through it.

“I’m looking for something you can wear with our new blue hair, but you have less selection than a nun. Just like your mom. Soon you’ll be wearing turtle necks on burning hot days.”  

My parents had a turtleneck for every occasion--turtleneck evening wear to turtleneck pajamas. Mom never went swimming, but if she did, I was sure she could find a turtleneck bathing suit.

“I’m not dyeing my hair. My mom would flip.” Why would I want blue hair anyway?

“On the bright side, your dad would only notice if you stood in front of the TV,” she said, holding up a green and blue hoodie to her body before chucking it on the closet floor.

I rolled my eyes. “Yes, but my mom would see it. She notices everything.”

“Come on, it’s your birthday! Your mom should remember how much birthdays meant to her when she was our age. Hers is in what, two days? I’m sure even she’s going to let loose a little. Besides, you only turn seventeen once, and it is senior year. The whole occasion practically screams blue hair.”

“That might make sense in your convoluted little mind, but if I cross my mom, the only screaming will come from me.”

Virginia pouted. I hated that look, but I wasn’t going to get dumped and get grounded on my birthday. “Okay, maybe I’ll go to the store and watch you and maybe... I’ll try on a blue wig,” I said, biting my fingernail.

“Fair enough. If we’re lucky, they’ll have a sale and you can get an outfit to match your wig.”

I snorted. “You know that’s not going to happen. I have the worst luck.” I pulled on my shoes and grabbed my Dallas Cowboys hat from the floor, placing it on my head.

“We all make our own luck,” Virginia said confidently, shimmying in front of the mirror. She glanced at me out of the corner of her eye. “But if I did believe in luck, I definitely wouldn’t want yours.”

“Thanks,” I said as we headed out the door. “Thanks a lot.”


Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their facial similarities, tendency to finish each other’s thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.

Folami Morris grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad. 

As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni Morris grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.

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Tour Stop: Take It All + Excerpt, Giveaway and more!

***Inspired by true events***

Judy Garland said it best, ‘For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.’

If you asked her why she loved him, she would only be able to tell you it was because he was who he was and well, she was who she was.

Plain and simple.

All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. That her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.

Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her; forever shattering it.

Is love enough to conquer all?

Will she be able to lead them out of hell and off their path of self destruction?

Or will Caleb take it all?

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*

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“Hey guys, do you know where Caleb is?” she asked, looking between the two of them. They shot each other a look that she found unsettling but pushed it aside. “Do you?”
“Amb,” Alex cut her off with a sharp tone and stony eyes.
Amber looked from Lennox to Alex, then gave him a remorseful look before turning her attention back to Lennox, saying, “A few of his and Ty’s buddies showed up, so they’re all in Caleb’s room. I’m sorry Lennox.”
She looked back at her then Alex who was avoiding eye contact all the while shaking his head unimpressed, “Sorry for what?” she asked, confused having no idea what was going on.
“Caleb’s a great guy, and you seem like a great girl who makes him happy but he’s...” Amber trailed off, unable to say the words.
Lennox backed away from the table looking at the two, her face twisted; having a feeling she knew what they were trying to tell her. She turned on her heels and headed for Caleb’s room. She thought she had it figured out, all the weird moments with him over the last couple weeks; the short calls, the way he would act so distant one day then so close the next, the gifts, all of it was out of guilt. Guilt from cheating on her, it was the only thing that made sense; what else could there be.
As she walked down the hall and past the bathroom, she came to Caleb’s bedroom door that was closed. She knew it was never closed, unless they were in there during one of their hot and heavy make out sessions. Standing in front of the door, her heart began to pound in her chest and it was all she could hear rushing through her ears. Her whole body began to shake as images of him with another girl flashed through her mind. She didn’t know what she was going to do after catching him but she was unable to think that far ahead when her hand gripped the handle and turned; slowly pushing open the door.

The Playlist.

Kiss the Rain – Billie Myers
Drunk Enough – Angels Fall
Everything – Buckcherry
Monster You Made – Pop Evil
With You – Emerson Drive
Cry – Cassadee Pope
Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars
Try – Natasha Bedingfield
Let Her Go - Passenger
Colorblind – Counting Crows
It Goes Like – Thomas Rhett
Liar – The Cranberries
White Suburban – Skylar Grey
Linger – The Cranberries
Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade
This Years Love – David Grey
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Cocaine – Eric Clapton
Skyfall - Adele
Stuttering – Fefe Dobson
Religion – Skylar Grey
Falls On Me – Fuel
I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift 
Titanium – Madilyn Bailey
Told You So – Cassadee Pope
Collide – Howie Day
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Wear Me Out – Skylar Grey
Cry With You – Hunter Hayes
Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Falling – The Civil Wars
You – Paul Brandt
Wanted You More – Lady Antebellum
All You Ever – Hunter Hayes
Tangerine – Led Zepplin
I‟ll Be The Light – Colton Dixon
Bed of Lies – Matchbox Twenty
I Was A Fool – Tegan and Sara
For My Sake – Shinedown
Good To You – Marianas Trench
„A‟ Song - Hedley
Overjoyed – Matchbox Twenty
23 – Jimmy Eat World
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
The Way – Matchbox Twenty
All We Are - OneRepublic
Brave New World – Hedley
Wonderwall – Oasis
Wanted is Love – Phillip Phillips
Just Like a Pill – Pink
Broken - Seether
Back 2 Good – Matchbox Twenty
Everything – Lifehouse
Call Me - Shinedown
Every Lie – My Darkest Days
If I Lose Myself – OneRepublic
Bury Your Head - Saosin
So Easy – Phillip Phillips
Blurry – Puddle of Mudd
Love the Way You Lie part II – Rihanna & Eminem 
Breakdown – Seether
With Me – Sum 41
Dare You to Move – Switchfoot
Now I‟m All Messed Up – Tegan and Sara
Lie To Me (acoustic) – 12 Stones
The Kill – Thirty Seconds to Mars
Polaris – Jimmy Eat World
The Best I Ever Had – Vertical Horizon
Somebody Like You (acoustic) – Pop Evil
Bliss (I Don‟t Wanna Know) – Hinder
I Can’t Stay Away – The Veronicas

*The following songs don‟t appear in the playlist as they are songs I either listened to while writing specific scenes, play an overall part in Take it All, or belong to a character.

Take it All – Adele – I had everything I needed for this story except a title. I went crazy trying to find the perfect one that would sum up everything Caleb and Lennox would go through and as I sat at my kitchen table one day, this song happened to come on my iPod. After hearing Adele sing the opening lines, Caleb and Lennox came to life even more than they were. Their story played through my head to the entire song, sending chills over my body and tears through my eyes; I knew this was the one.

Demons – Imagine Dragons – Caleb and Lennox‟s song. There‟s a part of the song, as referenced in the beginning, that when I hear it I automatically think of Caleb and Lennox and think it fits them perfectly.

Better Than Me – Hinder – Caleb‟s song.
Fix You – Cold Play – Lennox‟s song.
Glycerine (acoustic) – Bush – This was the song playing when Caleb and Lennox made love for the first time.
I’ll Follow You – Shinedown – This song played when Lennox told Caleb no matter how far he falls, she‟s right there next to him.
Drugs Or Me – Jimmy Eat World – This song played when Lennox gave Caleb her ultimatum.
4am – Our Lady Peace – This was the band and the song that was playing during the concert when Lennox was overcome with emotion in never seeing Caleb again.
The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars – This played when Lennox finally blew up and told Caleb her feelings after the concert.
What’s Left Of Me – Nick Lachey – Lennox and Caleb‟s last night together after the concert.
We’ve Got Tonight – Phillip Phillips – Lennox and Caleb‟s last night together after the concert.
Not Enough – Our Lady Peace – This song played during the final moments of the last chapter of the book.

About the Author.

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Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book in her Breathe Again series and Take it All, the first book in her two part series, Blinded by Love. She is currently working on Unbearable Guilt, Breathe Again book two, as well as Promise it All the conclusion to her Blinded by Love series. She is also in the prewriting stages of her new trilogy series, Saving You; a spin-off from Blinded by Love. 

When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, going to movies, reading, enjoying Starbucks latte’s with her girlfriends, or watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds and Flashpoint. She’s the lover of music of all kinds, television, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, Bradley Cooper, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.

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Book Review: Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover (Gallagher Girls 3)

When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better and better.

Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover presents a more exciting and twisty plot than the first two books. It is also what I'd like to call "kind of Macey's book". Macey is actually one of the characters that we didn't really get to know. I love that in this book we see a lot more side to her and get a feel of the life she has outside of the walls of the Gallagher Academy. Macey grew in me in this book. She's a total kickass and her boy advice would never let one down. She's fun, a smartass (which, if you ask me, is a common trait for spies) and just not your average rich, bratty girl. We'll definitely get to know more about her and I enjoy reading her "boy trouble" side. I think that she's definitely highlighted in this book and I just added her to my list of favorite characters of the series.

But of course, that is not all. There are so many great things about the book that made it all the more exciting and enjoyable to read. To name a few - aunt Abby is just the coolest spy (aside from Joe Solomon that is)...

"She's bloody awesome!"
Then, without turning around, Abby called, "I bloody know."

Zach is just as enigmatic and adorable...

“There’s a boy I my life,” I told him. “He’s a very bad influence.”
Then Zach nodded. “Bad boys have a way of doing that. But they’re worth it.”

and there's definitely more trouble and mystery for the spies-in-training Cam, Liz, Bex and Macey. Can I just say I never, ever get tired of reading their Covert Operations Report?

Romance, action, adventure, mystery and fun all packed into one - another book addition on the series no one should miss!

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Review: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls 2)

Cammie Morgan is back, and it's clear that her life hasn't calmed down since the events of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie's elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. 

Soon after the boys' arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school's top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can I just say I LOVE this waay better than the first one?

In the second book of the series, Gallagher Academy will welcome its new, nonpermanent residents – Blackthorne boys, and although the Gallagher girls are highly trained in combat and ace on covert operations training, they know zilch about boys.
I love how the funny, adventurous factor I loved in the first book wasn’t lost and that the mischief, romance and intrigue were strengthened in this one. It was a light, fun read that I greatly enjoyed.

Cammie, Liz, Bex and Macey are as unpredictable as ever. The way they complement each other is surreal and their relationship feels natural and relatable. They’ve got each other’s backs no matter what – be it a dangerous mission or just as simple as figuring out boys and their coded brains.

Also, I liked that we are given bits and pieces of clues of “something”. I just feel like there’s more to the story of Cammie’s dad’s death and the secrecy and mystery behind it is just killing me. It is quite hard to put my finger on what’s happening exactly but I bet it’s going to be something big and something that will definitely surprise us readers. It was nice how bits of the big puzzle were thrown here and there without being obvious but I tried connecting some of the dots (or at least I think I tried) and I think it has a lot to do about Cammie and Cammie’s dad. Good thing there are more books to come after this one or else I’m gonna die (not literally of course… just in a book related death way).

And did I just almost forget to mention Zach – charming, puzzling, sweet Zach? I was in total fangirl mode from the very first time he showed up to that last moments of the book. I cannot believe he didn’t show up already in the first book and I had to suffer all those Josh moments. I don’t mean to be rude or anything but I’m just not a huge Josh fan. But enough about him, we’re talking about Zach here. ZACH. Sheesh, you gotta read the book now or else I’ll never stop fangirl-ing over him and my review would go on and on and on about how I’m totally in love with Zachary Goode.


"Besides," Zach said as he smiled and wiped sweat from his upper lip with the back of his hand, "I thought you liked your interludes secret and mysterious. Your boyfriends private."
"We weren't having an interlude. And you are not my boyfriend."

"Yeah." He hit the bag harder. "I noticed."

Zach is such an enigma and I honestly had conflicting feelings about him on the first few pages. Cammie did too. Considering what she had to go through on her first boy trouble, she tried to keep Zach at an arm’s length and tried to decode the mix signals he seem to be sending off.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is short, sweet, adorably fun and exciting. Again, I felt it to be too short for my taste but knowing that there are more books to come after this one, made it somewhat okay. Must-read!

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Tour Stop: If I Fall by Anna Cruise + Excerpt and Giveaway!

 by Anna Cruise

Publication Date: April 6, 2013
Published by: Mission Bay Publishing
Genre: Young Adult 

Meg Calloway is at the edge.

Reeling from her parents' sudden divorce, fifteen-year old Meg has never felt more alone. Her father is about to marry a woman she can't stand and her mother's only companion is an endless supply of alcohol. When Aidan Westwood, an older boy at school, shows interest in her, she grabs on and doesn't let go, thinking he's exactly what she needs to help stem her loneliness and despair. She quickly learns that Aidan lives a darker, more dangerous life than she does and the more isolated she feels from her family, the more willing she is to step into Aidan's world.

As Meg drifts further from her friends, she tries to find comfort with a boy who is opening her eyes up to new things, none of them good. Will she listen to those around her who are warning her that she's headed down a path of self-destruction?

Or will she fall too far...too fast...too deep?

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I woke up at five but I waited until six to call Aidan. It was dark and shadowy in my room and those shadows had lurked in my mind and slunk along the walls all night, haunting my thoughts and—what little I slept—my dreams. Menacing, taunting, reminding me of the disastrous hour I'd spent at my dad's. His reaction, his abandoning me. I didn't find any comfort in the pink and purple glow that slowly filtered in, hinting at the rising sun. No, I was afraid those seeds I'd planted, of anger and despair, would absorb that energy, would welcome the light and heat and grow into something more ominous. I couldn't be by myself any longer.

I felt around on my nightstand, finding and grabbing my cell phone. I flipped it open and the key pad glowed to life.

“Mmm?” He was half-asleep.

My voice was a whisper. “I'm home. Come get me.”

“Hmm?” I pictured him in his bed, a blanket twisted around him, lifting his head to glance at his alarm clock. “Meg?” His voice was husky, sexy. “It's six in the morning. What...?”

“I'll tell you when you get here.”
I hung up.
I tiptoed around my room as I got dressed and brushed my teeth. I'd just finished combing my hair when I heard the unmistakable sound of his car pulling up in front of my house. I hurried to open the door before he could knock. My mom didn't know I'd come home and I wanted to keep it that way.

I turned the knob and the door pushed open of its own accord. Aidan slammed into me, pressing me against the wall, his mouth fastened to mine, his hands roving the length of me. I tasted beer and tequila, I smelled cigarettes and weed, but I didn't care. All that mattered was he was there.
“I missed you.” His mouth moved to my cheek and I tilted my head sideways, letting his lips glide along my throat. His lips came back to mine, hot, urgent. “I want you.” He untied the drawstring on my shorts, sliding them down with one hand. “Now.”

“Aidan...the door...” It was wide open.

He kicked it shut as he unfastened his shorts. “Now.”
He lowered me to the floor and the cool terra cotta tile pressed into my back but I didn't care.  “Right now.”

About The Author. 

Anna Cruise has been writing -- and drooling over boys -- since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change...

Her books include the best-seller IT WAS YOU (New Adult), IF I FALL (Mature YA) and MAVERICK (New Adult). Additional titles releasing in 2013 will include a follow-up to Abby and West's story from IT WAS YOU.

Anna loves to hear from readers and authors. Email her at You can also like her Facebook page, find her on Twitter @AnnaCruiseBooks or friend her on Goodreads.

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