Book Review: ‘Not If I Save Your First’ by Ally Carter

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‘Not If I Save Your First’ by Ally Carter


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.

Rose-Worthy Features

            This book was not what I expected that’s for sure. In a weird way this book kind of reminded me of a Disney movie, lol.

             I liked reading about Maddie! She had a feisty sense of humor that reminded me a lot of Katherine Pierce. There were times though where I couldn’t tell if she was brave or stupid.

            Now I have mixed feelings about the plot. I’ve never read a book that took place in Alaska and I can guarantee that after reading this I don’t think I want to visit Alaska. It was interesting reading about the president’s son, aka Logan and his childhood best friend Maddie.

            One thing that I found to be hilarious is that Logan would call Maddie, Mad Dog. It’s a cute nickname but when there in a serious situation Logan would just call out ‘Mad Dog!’ and I would just burst out laughing.

Thorny Features

            Logan on the other hand was not my favorite. He was such a coward and sure it was sweet when he was all protective over Maddie but I feel like there were two sides to his personality. He gets sent to Alaska because he’s this big cool rebellious teen but when he’s in Alaska he’s such a wimp.

            The description of this book made it sound like Maddie really wanted to kill Logan. At first, I thought she was some sort of assassin but really, it’s all just an exaggeration to say she’s mad. Maddie is honestly just really mad at Logan and isn’t planning on actually killing him.

            Even though all fiction some scenes were just no realistic at all. Now you might me saying ‘well duh, it’s a fiction book’ but it got to the point where it got annoying. Like there’s one scene where Maddie gets shot in the arm and the bullet goes straight through her arm and she survives completely without going to the hospital! Like common there no realistic way that anyone could survive something like that.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. Even though my review may sound like I don’t like this book, I actually did enjoy reading this book. It’s a fast read and there’s definitely a lot of action scenes. I loved Maddie’s sense of humor and even though there were a lot of things I didn’t like and I still enjoyed reading this book. Make sure to subscribe to find out which book will be kicked off next! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed. 


Fabulous Fantasy Month!


This months genre is fantasy! I love a good fantasy book. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres because I find it so interesting how an author can just create a world or species based off a thought that passed through there head. Fantasy books are a great way to escape reality and enjoy the world of fiction. The candidates this month are ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas, ‘Die For Me’ by Amy Plum, ‘The Glittering Court’ by Richelle Mead and last but not least ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore. Stay tuned to find out which one of these books will win the rose!