Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

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The usual YA :)





Author: Ally Carter
Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Series: Heist Society #3
Release date: 7th of February 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 336 in in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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.

Review:

Warning! I have not read the two pervious books in the series and so my opinions may be illogical or plain stupid.

I absolutely adored the premise of this series: a cunning teenage thief with a bunch of colorful misfit accomplices globetrotting to steal all sorts of artifacts while overcoming the toughest and most difficult security hassles to complete the mission. Not to mention twists and turns galore. What’s not to be excited for?

I’ve already wanted to read the whole series but for some reason never got to it, but one day I got an urge to pick up the third, I don’t know why especially that one, and I did. And for the most part my expectations and the actual reality of the book coincided, it was a fun adventure with lovable quirky characters, seemingly impossible obstacles and a lot of double-crossing.

I really liked the colorful cast of characters who all had their role to play and were “experts” in their own subfields in theft. Each was necessary and served a purpose. And while I was hoping for slightly more humor, I have to admit that there were some hilarious moments starring Kat’s “family” with one uncle in particular (Felix, I’m looking at you). Plus, code names for some theft plans were hilarious.

The pacing was fast and eventful, not one boring moment, no time to hold your breath and, luckily, I wasn’t expecting anything different for this story. But I was hoping for more actual heists, yes, MORE. I would have just been interesting to see the team crack more impossible cases.

My biggest issue with the book (I don’t know if it is so distracting also in the first two) was that the main character is 15/16!? Yes, I know about early bloomers and all, but that is crazy, she and her merry band of bandits can steal the pants off you without you noticing and she isn’t even close to finishing high school yet. I believe that it definitely can be possible, but it’s just somewhat hard to grasp and swallow. If I pretend that the story is about 20something people then this issue evaporates.

Characters:

Kat, while a strong, capable and determined, was my least favorite from the main characters, which isn’t really saying a lot since I really liked her actually. Her kickassness and willingness to help out Hale at any cost was awesome, but she was slightly... dull, I guess I prefer the sarcastic talkative heroines. I did, however, like how she interacted with people around her, especially Hale. His and Kat’s romance was not the primary factor in their relationship, they seemed more friends who just took the natural second step and brought their connection to another lever, but still remained friends foremost. I liked that they weren’t overly mushy.

I bet Hale is usually the levelheaded charmer, but in this book he was quite emotionally off balance and slightly annoying, but I completely understand and even forgive his outbursts, insecurities and thoughtless actions, with all going on and because of the world full of sharks he is forced to inhabit, let the guy let out some steam. He still managed to be sweet and hunky. Plus, I loved how Kat’s family teased him because of him being a couple with her.

Overall:

I think I need to pull myself together and read the first two books to fully appreciate the third. Otherwise, I will continue feeling that I stepped into the move theatre while the movie was half way in. But, nevertheless, I still managed to enjoy this book, it was all I was expecting and I was expecting a lot.



4 stars!


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1 comment:

  1. I can't get enough of Ally Carter's writing. I forget she's British and I have to wait for her books to cross the "pond". LOVE IT.
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