I really love books like this - set in high schools with lots of girly drama that are easy and fun to read. The fact that the Gallagher Academy is a school for spies just drew me in further. I mean, I think I dreamed of being a spy for much of my childhood - this would have been a dream come true!
On the whole, the book lived up to what I was expecting. Cammie Morgan has all the promise to become a fantastic spy, along with her friends, but the fact that she had no idea what to do when it came to boys made her very endearing. Enter Macey who knows what she's talking about (and the scenes where they were dissecting Josh's 'evidence' were often hilarious) - who is an amazing character to read and I really hope to see much more of her in the subsequent books. Of course, all the characters you meet at the Gallagher Academy really make the book work, they move the story along and made the story seem much more alive. Additionally, the actual building is something I really want to explore more too. What is on CoveOps Level 2? Where do all the secret passages lead? It feels like I have a large world laid out in front of me and I'm only allowed to see around a couple of corners and doors at the moment - I'm itching to know more!
However, I really wanted the relationship between Cammie and Josh to have had more page space. They seemed to go from mild flirtations and secretive meetings to a fully-fledged serious couple in love. The ending had me wanting to grab the next book, so I do feel invested in them but it was a shame I didn't really feel their romance in this book. The complications of living a secret life whilst trying to have a boyfriend who knew nothing about you never seemed that taxing but maybe I'm getting too ahead of myself and need to read the other books!
Overall though, it was a really fun read, quite cute but equally entertaining. I'll definitely recommend it to people looking for something to escape easily into and I've definitely enjoyed it as much as my students (maybe even more!)