Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky.  I am a huge fan of Ally Carter so I was thrilled when I received my copy of the audiobook of her new book “Not If I See You First”.  My expectations were high and they were completely met.

35238072Title: Not If I Save Your First
Author: Ally Carter
Format Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Maddie and Logan were best friends despite their unusual childhoods.  Logan’s dad just happened to be the President of the United States and Maddie’s dad is the head of his Secret Service detail.  But Maddie and Logan were able to have a completely normal friendship until the night someone tried to kidnap Logan’s mom and everything changed.  Maddie’s dad moved them to the middle of Alaska and she and Logan lost connect.  Now, years later, there is a threat against the First Family and Logan is sent to to live with Maddie and her Dad for his safety. But the threat follows him and now Maddie must save the boy who abandoned her.

Review: This book was everything I love about Ally Carter books.  Maddie is a wonderfully sassy character filled with personality and strength that we expect from one of Carter’s female protagonist.  She is a teen girl who worries about her hair and nail polish all while being able to throw an axe and she was awesome.  Logan is  just as wonderfully complicated.  He is flawed and slightly damaged but he genuinely cares for Maddie and the reader wants to see them together.  They are interesting, and dynamic, and just a little adorable.  But this book doesn’t just rest on fluff.  Beneath the flirting and bedazzled throwing axes is a fabulous adventure the verges on turning into a thriller as Maddie and Logan use their wits to try to out smart the would be Russian kidnappers in the middle of nowhere Alaska. The story is fast paced and enthralling even if the ending feels just a little rush.

Bottom-line: The book is an adventure with humor and just a little romance which makes the whole thing massively entertaining and a must read for fans of Carter’s other books.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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