Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Heist Society #3
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.
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.
It's cute, I like how they've kept with the theme.
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