Sunday, October 6, 2013
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Title: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Source: BYU Library
Goodreads 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.
Style: Perfect Scoundrels is told in third person with Kat Bishop as the main character, and is mostly from her point of view, or as much as third person narration can be. The novel moves pretty quickly, but is really well written, and very enjoyable. The characters are well rounded, the thieves are loveable, and the villains are cold. While it's obvious which characters the reader should trust and which ones they shouldn't, there are still many surprises along the way. The plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested, and really there never is a dull moment in the entire novel.
Content: When Hale's grandmother Hazel dies, to the surprise of his entire family, he inherits the company. But, was that the true will? Marcus and his sister Marianne aren't too sure. It doesn't make sense that Hazel's closest friend, Marianne, would be exempt from the will. So, Kat and her team are hired to track down the true will, which unfortunately resides in a puzzle desk that has recently been lent to an art museum for their exhibit. The name of the art museum? The Henley. Kat and her crew aren't too excited to rob the Henley for the second time, but nothing is impossible as long as you can find a way around it.
But, as every thief knows, things never go according to plan. It quickly becomes apparent that things are much worse than Kat ever imagined, and the worst of it? She's losing Hale.
Complete with long-legged Gabrielle, the explosion loving Bagshaws, computer wiz Simon, and of course, genius Kat, this Heist Society novel is not one you want to miss.
What did I think?
I am a big fan of both the Gallagher Girls, and Heist Society, so I really enjoyed this novel. Although there wasn't a single trace of Vicelli Romani, the book really held its own. If anything, Perfect Scoundrels is really about the power of family, and having those who you can trust with your life. This novel explores the depth of Kat and Hale's relationship, as well as just how far you're willing to go for those you love. I really was sorry when this book ended because of how much I liked it. I absolutely adore the brilliance of Kat, and the love her family has for each other. And, as always I laughed at the Bagshaws, I especially loved what Kat says about them to Hale, "The Bagshaws aren't boys. They are bombs with very colorful fuses." pg 235. I think that this line really sums up Angus and Hamish. I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of Ally Carter, or loves books about thieves, but you really should read the first two first.