Thursday, April 12, 2018

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not if I Save You First
by Ally Carter
Read: February 12 - 16, 2018
Published: March 27, 2018 by Scholastic Press
Source: Galley from publisher
Category: YA, Contemporary, Thriller, Best friends to enemies to love, Alaska, Wilderness, President 

Book Description: Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

Three things I loved about Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter: 

1) Yay for another Ally Carter book in third person. So many people say they prefer first person perspective, but I typically prefer third, and for this author's books, I think she works best in third person. Now my favorite series of Carter's remains Heist Society, and I was so excited to see her get back to that POV. You're probably laughing at how important this is to me, but it is! 

2) This story and it's twisty thriller plot was great fun. Maddie is the daughter to a former Secret Service agent, and former best friend to the president's son. But she has been living in the Alaskan wilderness with her father for the past 6 years after a kidnapping incident at the White House. This girl is a survivor and highly adaptable to any situation, whether it be a fancy party or a trek through the wilderness. She is sharp, quick thinking and ready to act in a crisis, and a crisis comes hard and fast in this book. Like all of Carter's heroines, Maddie is definitely the one to watch in this story, and I couldn't wait to find out what she'd come up with next. 

3) Romance! Let's face it, for Ally Carter books, I'm always here for the romance. Now I do wish that we'd gotten a little bit more explanation where the letters were concerned. I needed more talking through that situation. But I really liked this second-chance romance and the way all the danger and action brought these two together again. Maddie and Logan have lots of great tension from the start, and I was all over watching them work their way through their unresolved feelings for each other while they fight to stay alive, and escape the dangers that have found them in the Alaskan wilderness.

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone

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  1. Eee, your photo is awesome :D Glad you liked this book so much Lauren. <3 Yess for loving this author :) I haven't read any of her books, but curious about this one, maybe :) Yay for a good romance too. <3


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