Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter


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Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 328 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Status: Heist Society #3

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the son of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.


Review

Perfect Scoundrels is the ultimate heist book. Kat and her crew have stolen paintings and jewels, but how will they fair with stealing a person? Especially if that person is no one other than Hale himself?

I LOVE this book- this has to be my favourite book out of all of Ally's books. This book was full of drama, romance, mystery, family ties, and of course the ultimate betrayal.

This story revolves around Kat and her crew trying to save Hale from the biggest con of all time: using him as a Mark so they can have the entire company for themselves. The stakes are higher for them because a) Kat knows who's after Hale and his fortune b) the enemy knows who she and her crew are and c) Kat is risking her relationship with Hale to save him.

Perfect Scoundrels is my all-time favourite Ally Carter book because it's much more emotional than all her other books, and there's a lot more back story as well. We actually get an insight into Hale's life outside of Kat and her heists, and we get to see the person he is (and the person he could be) if he didn't meet Kat three years before. We also finally get to read the infamous night they first met when Kat tried to steal his Monet.

Kat was phenomenal in this book, as she wasn't only just the mastermind behind their plan, but also Hale's 'unofficial' girlfriend for 98% of the book; she not only had to deal with trying to keep herself from being caught, but also not submit to the pressure and let her worries about their fragile relationship get to her. Not only was Kat under pressure, but she also has to play therapist for Hale and be his emotional support. This book does also bring out the emotional side of Kat because it reminds her a lot of her mother's own death.

Hale in this book FINALLY opened up. Although we don't know his REAL name, we know more about his family history, and his nickname. We also get to meet Natalie, an old childhood friend of Hale's who is more trouble than she is friendly.

The plot of this story was fast-paced, and wasn't as complicated as Uncommon Criminals plot where Uncle Eddie, Charlie, and Maggie were messing up all of Kat's plans and relationship with her crew every step of the way. This book was mostly about family and friendship, and discovering who's really there for you and who's really there for what you have.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!


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