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

Not If I Save You FirstNot If I Save You First
Ally Carter
9781338134148, Scholastic Press, Pub. Date: TODAY

Publisher 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.

WildlyRead Shelftalker:

Ally Carter has done it again! I don’t know how she manages to so perfectly balance a kick-ass teenage girl with just a pinch of over-the-top girliness, but she nails it every time. Basically, this can be considered a contemporary retelling of The Paper Bag Princess, where the prince is the U.S. president’s son, the princess is the son’s former best friend and daughter of the president’s former body guard, and the dragon is a Russian operative. Oh, and the setting is winter in Alaska. And because it’s Ally Carter, while the girl clearly saves the day and rescues the boy, she also ends up with the boy because teenage love conquers all. I read this in one sitting and recommend you do, too.

WildlyRead Notes:

People always seem surprised to find out I’m an Ally Carter fan, and I’m never quite sure why. I get that I’m not the uber-girly type, but even if I didn’t love pedicures (which I do) or wear dresses a lot (which I do), I am always, 100%, without a doubt going to love a book where the girl saves the day (duh).

Not only was I excited about this book because I’m just a big Ally Carter fan (read another review of mine of one of her books, Uncommon Criminals), but I was lucky enough for this review to have been chosen as a Kids Indie Next List pick! Wahoo! If you don’t know about the Indie Next List, it’s the independent bookselling world’s recommended books list, organized by season. Check it out now, and enjoy!

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