March 26, 2013

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 328
Series: Heist Society
Review Source: For review from Hachette Book Group Canada (@HBGCanada)

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 scion 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. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. 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.

My Thoughts:
The ‘Heist Society’ books are so much fun, and ‘Perfect Scoundrels’ is no exception. The book features a great combination of action, humour, and family. I absolutely love the family centredness of these books, especially because the message is that you can make your own family, a different kind that isn’t always related by blood. These books are also a lot of fun because the third person narration allows for some misdirection and leaving the audience in the dark at certain points. They remind me of heist films where you see the pieces falling into place but you don’t fully understand the con until that “aha!” moment.

I liked that ‘Perfect Scoundrels’ explores more of Hale’s backstory and that we got to see the world he comes from. There was also a couple of fun moments set in Canada (the Maritimes and Niagara Falls, respectively), which is always a nice surprise. I won’t say much about the plot, because I think it’s fun to delve in and discover it for yourself, but needless to say this was another great adventure. I liked that it was a bit different from the two previous books in the type of job they had to pull off.

One thing I should mention is that these books are great whether you’re a pre-teen or whether you’re an adult. The content is ‘family friendly’, making them accessible for younger people, but they don’t talk down to teens either. They’re fresh and interesting, and layered enough for people of all ages to enjoy them. I feel like Ally Carter’s books are great because of these facts, and I also see them as a nice break from books that are darker in nature.

Overall this was an enjoyable read featuring characters I’ve grown to love.

The Cover:
It's cute, I like how they've kept with the theme.


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  1. Sounds like fun and good to get more of Hale's story. I haven't read any of these but heard lots of good things about it.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Oh, I love these books. Perfect fun! I haven't got to this one yet, but I can't wait! Great review. Thanks!

  3. Hale's always been such a mystery what with the initials and big cars and quiet but rich attitude. I've enjoyed the previous novels but haven't picked this one up yet!

    1. I want to know his name!! Haha, it's such a small detail, but it drives me crazy not to know it. Just wait until you see what his family calls him. ;)

  4. I'm glad you liked it. I'm on the fence about reading it because I really don't like Kat (she gets on my nerves so much) but I do wanna know more about Hale (I love him and Gabrielle).

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on it and nudging this book toward my maybe pile :D

    1. Oh really?? Kat isn't necessarily my fave character ever, but I definitely like her and have a lot of respect for her.

  5. This was actually my favorite of the series and I love that it added another layer to Hale's character. He suddenly feels far more real to me. I was so glad when Carter said there would be more books, I almost started to cry. :)
    Great review.

    1. That's so awesome! It's probably my least favourite, but I still really enjoyed it. And yes, it's so cool to know that there will probably be more.

  6. I've been meaning for the longest time to start this series. I love it when things fall in place in the end and all come together.


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