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Perfect Scoundrels

9780734413468By: Ally Carter

A Heist Society Novel

Kat Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth work well together, it’s no secret that they make a great team even though they come from very different lives. She is carrying on the family business of becoming a criminal mastermind, Hale has run away from what may well be an ideal dynasty. That was before though, before Hale was called back to his family on the death of his grandmother. Much to many people’s surprise Hale inherits a billion dollar corporation and in the process pulls himself away from Kat and their friends. This inheritance means so much to him but is it all it appears?

Kat is stunned at Hale’s reaction but there is no way she is just going to let him walk away. Before she can process all that is going on she is hired to uncover what is really going on with the Hale family business and particularly the will that handed the company over to Hale. Kat has to decide, knowing what the truth might do to Hale and if she succeeds and Hale’s company is saved she might lose the boy. A tough choice to make and Kat has to get her head in the game if she is going to do anyone any good.

Oh I love these books. They are such fun, such pure escapism. Kat Bishop is a character who is larger than life, it is so easy to forget she is supposed to be just 15, but when you remember you just don’t care. You want her to win, whatever it is she is going after. She is smart, strong, loyal and just plain full of spunk, to use a somewhat old fashioned turn of phrase. Hale is cheeky and a great balance for Kat. They make a great team and this story puts them both through interesting character arcs. It brings a solid reality to Hale, who has always been able to flit from scene to scene because of his charm and money. As Kat says, Hale is the perfect inside man. The colourful cast of characters around them bring depth, humour, wisdom and fun to this story, each add something special which makes for a great team.

From sleight of hand, to grand schemes, from intricate planning to dumb luck, this series is a great roller coaster ride of entertainment. I will say again, I love this series. I finished it in one day. If you want adventure and fun and just to get away from reality for a little while and slip into a place where kids have brains and out-manouver the bad guys, with the support of their families, then pick up this series.

Oh, oh, oh, this copy also comes with a Gallagher Girls crossover story.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books

Published: 12 February 2013

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Categories: Crime, Humour, Family, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780734413468

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

Uncommon Criminals

This book was sent to me by Hachette AustraliaBy: Ally Carter

A Heist Society book

Kat Bishop is back. She stepped away from the family business before being thrust back in and becoming the girl who orchestrated the robbery of the greatest museum in the world. She is still not interested in rejoining the family business but on the side she is working to restore stolen treasures to their rightful owners. Then along comes an untouchable heist. Kat is asked to steal the Cleopatra Emerald, a stone that Uncle Eddy (head of the family) has deemed off limits. The other thing  about the Cleopatra is that it is cursed.

Kat and her crew step up to the challenge but what happens when Kat is the one being played? Will she be able to replicate the success of the Henley? Kat and her crew are pushed to their limits when they come up against their toughest opponent yet, a con who already knows every trick in the book.

Kat Bishop is such a fun character. I mean who doesn’t dream of a little larceny accompanied by some time living the high life? Or is that just me? Kat may not technically be the good girl, she is a thief after all, but she has a strong moral code. It is easy to forget the players in this heist are so young. Carter has written them so well, they have smooth and rough edges, strengths and weaknesses. She doesn’t allow the characters to run away from their flaws rather she has them embrace them. Kat’s youth and doubt provide a delicate counterpoint to her skill. Her uncertainty in her relationship with Hale allow the story and the characters to develop outside the job. Her crew boost Kat when she’s down and give her sound advice keeping her from getting too high.

The story moves at a brisk pace as they jetset around the world plotting, discarding, sorting, scheming and setting in motion the plan that will get them the Cleopatra Emerald. With a skilled hand Carter presents us with a world most of us are familiar with, even if it isn’t on a first hand basis (the high rolling con), then she peoples it with players much younger than we expect to see. However she does it, it works. The characters ages are an advantage and their background insure the whole concept doesn’t seem totally implausible.The way she has them moving through their paces keeps you relaxed by the seeming reality and enthralled by the quick changes, sleight of hand and clever manipulations. Uncommon Criminals is a ripping story that leaves you wondering, with the world at their feet where will the talented Kat and the crew she tries unsuccessfully to isolate herself from, end up next? This is a thoroughly fun and addictingly escapist romp.

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Published: June 28th 2011

Format: Paperback 300 pgs

Categories: Adventure, Crime

ISBN 13: 9780734411938

Purchase: here (hardcover) or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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