Not If I Save You First

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

So I have been a fan of Ally Carter since tweendom as I loved the Gallagher Girls series and then of course that led to me reading her other stuff.

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I hadn’t had a chance to read this when it first was aded in the library, but then it was returned and I decided to check it out.

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Maddie’s dad is secret service and she grew up hanging out with Logan-the president’s son. Both are ten years old and want to have fun hanging out, but they have to go to a Presidential Gala. That night they are getting ready for a Gala when a group of Russians attempt to kidnap the president’s wife.

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Maddie’s dad saves them, but is injured in the process. After the operations and healing he packs up all their stuff and takes Maddy to the middle of nowhere Alaska.

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Six years later-Maddy has grown up alone with her father-bored but strong, tough, and can shoot and throw a hatchet better than ANYONE. A bejeweled hatchet as she is bored.

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But life gets all changed up when Logan, who has been misbehaving, ignoring his father’s warnings, ditching the secret service, and just acting out-gets sent to live with Maddie and her father. Maddie is furious as she wrote him letters almost every day but never ever received one back.

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Maddie hates and is furious at him, but when her father has to leave on a rescue mission and  Russians attack them and try to kill Logan-Maddie has to put her anger aside and try and save him.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t like this book. I thought it was okay, but boring. Logan just all and out annoyed me and needed to get smacked.

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The Book of Madness and Cures

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The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel by Regina O’ Melveny

In 1590, Venetian woman, Dr. Gabriella Mondini, finds herself losing the very thing she absolutely holds dear, her ability to practice medicine.

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The men in the community had never been supportive of Gabriella, and with her father being gone for the past ten years they feel there is no one to monitor her and that they no longer have to do honor such a doctorship.

It's not fair.

It’s not fair.

Gabriells is furious, but knows what she must do. She must find her father, a feat that will be near impossible as she has no clue where he is.

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She has letters from his travels and search to complete The Book of Diseases, but even they do not hold a clear path.

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Aided by her friend and servant; the women set off in search of the other Dr. Mondini.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So I did not like this book.

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My biggest issue with it was the character of Gabriella.

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Now I understand that Gabriella is women in 16th century Venice and a doctor; but that doesn’t mean you have to make her character like a block of wood.

NO emotion = BORING!

NO emotion = BORING!

Everything was stilted and emotionless. This is not what you should do with a main character. We have to connect to them, feel for them, understand them, become a part of them and their lives; and I felt that this book did not do that at all. I couldn’t stand Gabriella.

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