Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

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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.

The Gallagher Girls will always hold a special place in my heart, and I expected this book to bring the same level of light-heartedness, fun, and funnies. Instead, I got some confusion, some super unbelievable things (lol, even more unbelievable than a spy school for fifteen year olds), and Alaska – a LOT of Alaska.

To continue on the Alaska comment, I feel like this book could have been about Alaska and that’s it. Like, it was constantly talking about the state. Anything going wrong? Let’s blame it on Alaska. We need to talk about anything? Let’s talk about Alaska. I will say that Carter did a fantastic job of research and creating a wonderful setting of Alaska, but dear goshhhhhhhhh, there was so much Alaska.

I have to say that I really really did enjoy the first…maybe third or fourth of the book? I loved seeing young Maddie and Logan, and I really did think their chemistry was adorable and fun. I liked their excitement and I loved the whole setup for the rest of the book for it. I also loved the tension that they had, and I love a little good miscommunication/tense build-up with the relationship between the two. I was readyyyyyyyyyyyy for the rest of the book.

However, once Logan got captured, I was kind of done in. Things seemed to stall, and Maddie was supposed to have this big plan but I really got confused because it felt like we were just wandering around for no real reason? And then everything just felt too cliche, and I started skimming because I just wanted to get to the end and I didn’t even care about anything. And the ending thing reallllllllllly had me frustrated and bored and I don’t even know what was going on besides I didn’t want to be reading this story anymore because I was boreddddddddddddd.

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Cinderella wouldn’t want to lose a shoe in Alaska.

Also, the romance. Okay, I was all in for it at the beginning when the tension started, but I felt like there was absolutely no lead up to the rest of the romance. They hated each other, got kidnapped, and then they were in love. Like, they haven’t seen each other in six years, no communication between the two, most of their communication was snappy, and then all of a sudden they’re focusing on how cute they are while kissing and proclamations of love. So I lost the ship because there was nothing actually leading up to the non-enemies change over???

Overall, I thought this just an okay read, but I wanted a lot more from it. It started off fun and like it would have a great shippable ship, but it ended up floundering in ALASKA and boring plots. There really wasn’t much about the bedazzled hatchets and female empowerment and campy fun I was promised, but it wasn’t a terrible, terrible read. I just felt disappointed and a lack of good fun. Also, Alaska. Two crowns and a Cinderella rating!


What do you think? Do books ever go downhill for you when they started off strong? Did you love the Gallagher Girls too? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


17 thoughts on “Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

  1. “most of their communication was snappy, and then all of a sudden they’re focusing on how cute they are while kissing and proclamations of love” author want us to believe when there are hatred between a male and female they are bound to fall in love

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  2. “Also, Alaska. ” Haha nice review! I’ve noticed that flimsy books always have a romance that gets escalated in a matter of scenes, so I’m not too surprised that there was a jarring romance in this book either… 😂

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  3. Sorry this didn’t work out for you, Mandy! I never read the Gallagher Girls but I always found them intriguing, and I think its because of the snazzy titles! XD Did you at least learn anything new and interesting about Alsaka?? XD

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    1. Thankies, Rendz!! And they had some greattttt titles. But lol I learned it could kill you. She routinely mentioned that. And made lists about it. And I felt like maybe there was even a song and dance number about it?

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