Book Aesthetics

Weekend Aesthetic {39}

March 29, 2020

The Weekend Aesthetic is a feature where I post book aesthetics on the weekend. They might be of a book I’m currently reading, recently read, or read a long time ago.

I’m a huge fan of Ally Carter’s work, so it’s no surprise that I loved Not If I Save You First. The characters, setting, and plot kept me engaged with the story the entire time. This does depart from Ally Carter’s previous series as it’s a standalone and dual POV, but fans will still see her trademark style throughout the novel. I actually listened to this one on audiobook and highly recommend this format as the narrator did a phenomenal job portraying Maddie and Logan’s voices and the gravity of the situation they were in (as well as nailing their kid voices from the parts when they were younger).

This story felt so realistic, even though an assassin chasing the President’s son and a secret service agent’s daughter through the Alaskan wilderness is anything but realistic. I loved Maddie’s voice and character—especially how she was girly and outdoorsy at the same time. Plus, her anger at Logan and the hurt she felt was very justifiable (so this totally has both the hate-to-love and childhood friends-to-lovers tropes going on). Fans of Ally Carter’s previous series will love Not If I Save You First. And if you haven’t read one her books before, this story will hook you!

Not If I Save You First Aesthetic


Not If I Save You FirstRelease Date: March 27, 2018
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Bestselling author Ally Carter returns with an exciting stand-alone novel, about a girl stranded in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness with the boy who wronged her . . . as an assassin moves in.

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 20 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.

Have you read Not If I Save You First? What would you bring with you if you moved to an isolated cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness?

2 Comments

  • Reply Sam@wlabb March 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    I read this book in 2018, and I quite enjoyed it. I was nervous, because reviews were meh, but I liked it. I was fully entertained, and I loved when Maddie went all “mad dog”.

  • Reply Louis Mattox March 29, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    I read this back when it first came out and I loved it! Ally Carter is so good at developing romance while building suspense and characters. She’s one of my favorite authors!

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