The last several years I have listened to audiobooks in the car, while working around the house and even at work. For some books, the narrator brings the characters to life so much that I don’t want to let them go. Sometimes the narrator is so blah that it ruins the book. A lot of times the characters live with me for years to come, because I have heard their voices.
Entertaining, humorous, suspenseful and just a whole lot of fun. This is what comes to mind while listening to Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. Main character Maddie, is strong, silly, girlie yet knows how to survive and take down dangerous Russian men. Narrator Brittany Pressley, Earphones Award Winner, gives Maddie a voice that is very typical of a teenage girl. Sing songy yet full of confidence.
The book starts out with Maddie’s Secret Service father being shot while trying to protect the first lady from an abduction by Russians. Maddie and the President’s 10-year-old son, Logan, witness the attempted kidnapping and the shooting. Maddie and her father move to Alaska so her father can recover from his injuries and to keep Maddie safe and out of danger.
Fast forward 6 years and now Logan is sent to spend time in Alaska with Maddie and her father. Maddie is not happy about Logan visiting because he has been radio silence the entire time they have been apart and not once did he respond to one of her letters. In fact, Maddie is so hurt and mad, she wants to kill him.
As a storm starts to roll in, Maddie’s Dad leaves to fly supplies to another part of Alaska leaving the two “friends” alone. Of course with the parent away, there has to be danger. Logan is snatched and taken into the woods. Maddie is the only one who can save Logan.
Maddie has not been sitting around the cabin in Alaska painting her nails and writing in her diary. Her father has been keeping her busy with wilderness training and teaching her survivor skills. Skills that help Maddie in case something happens like a kidnapping.
This is a short book so it’s really easy to finish it in a day. The pace is fast and will keep you involved with these unusual teens. This is a great book for teenagers who like a book with danger, relationships, laughs and a strong female character. All girls should have mad skills like Maddie and know how to protect themselves.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat