Friday, March 8, 2013

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 328 pages (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Bought it
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Promotional Materials and More: author website

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)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.


Reviewing this series is hard. I struggled for words with my review of Heist Society and I was so unable to talk about my feelings with Uncommon Criminals that I never reviewed it at all. On the third try, I finally know how to talk about this book and not feel like I'm struggling for words. Kat and her family are back--and hopefully, they'll be around for more books. We still don't know what the Ws in Hale's name stand for, after all. I can't rest until I know.

Kat, her friends, and her eccentric family are back and ready to save Hale's newly-inherited company. Speaking of him, the glimpse into his life outside the thievery he takes part in with Kat and the others is something I wanted but never actually knew I wanted. No wonder he was so eager to go along with Kat that night! The poor guy is stuck in such a rough family. A bit of a stereotype of the rich family, but rough nonetheless.

Garrett is evil enough because he's a lawyer and lawyers in novels are almost always evil, but once he starts threatening Kat's family and outsmarts them multiple times, it's ON. Seeing Kat work together with both her blood family and made family to take him down was as delicious as enjoying brownies after almost half a year without them. The man deserved it. I'd feel the same way whether or not he was a money-hungry lawyer from the depths of hell.

One of the twists toward the end also confuses me. Kat's feeling seem so genuine (though admittedly, there are only two scenes of her showing those emotions and they both take place in front of people Kat and co. want to trick) and the character it involves ends up invoking the Disney Death trope. How did they do it? Even with the appearance of another character that acts as a hint, there's no real explanation for how it happened. There are the times where you kind of want an explanation and kind of don't at the same time--seriously, how the Rumpelstiltskin involves a hypnotist is beyond me--but this is not one of those times.

So long story short, never trust lawyers. They want to forge your grandmother's will in their favor and bankrupt your family. (I kid, I kid. Only ninety percent of lawyers are like that.)

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