Perfect Scoundrels: Review

perfect scoundrelsAuthor: Ally Carter

Publisher: Orchard Books

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 son 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. 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. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: Oh Ally Carter, how I adore you.

There are times in life when you want a complicated book, a heavy book, a book that will win the Man Booker prize and then there are times when you want a fun book, a breezy book, a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously but still manages to be amazing. That my friends is this book.

Perfect Scoundrels is the third book in the Heist Society series and centres around teenage thief Kat Bishop and her equally fabulous teenage crew. Much like the previous books, the writing of Perfect Scoundrels is snappy, the dialogue is funny, the pace is perfection, the characters are engaging and the actual heist itself is sensational – mostly because you don’t know exactly how it all works until the very end. So, it’s more than fun to try and figure out.

Carter’s characters in Heist Society are just amazing. I love that they really are expert thieves but are still very much teenagers. There is teasing, bad flirting, first love and the difficulty of trying to label your first relationship and, of course, the awkward moment when your boyfriend meets your family. It’s so sweet and so funny and I adore it.

In most Heist Society books, the plot is focused on the heist however that takes a bit of a back seat in this book as the mark Kat and her crew are trying to protect is Hale, Kat’s super-rich boyfriend, so the focus is more on the relationships which I loved. I love the familial relationship that exists between Kat and her crew and we get to see more of that in Perfect Scoundrels but the plot also allows for the inclusion of Kat’s more immediate and extended family and it was just fantastic as all the Bishops are eccentric and hilarious. Possibly one of my favourite literary families. I loved it.

Perfect Scoundrels is easy, breezy, fun and funny – it’s practically a CoverGirl cosmetic and I adored it. Well worth a read.

4 Stars.



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