Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)


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Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Series: Heist Society (#3)
Author: Ally Carter

Kat Bishop, teenage member of a high-end criminal family, runs the con of her life when Hale, her boyfriend and best friend inherits his family’s company. Fake wills, stolen products, long-lost family members, museum raids, impossible banks, and shifting loyalties combine to create a confusing and desperate situation for Kat and her friends.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter’s work since I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. I followed each Gallagher Girls book breathlessly and finished the series quite happily. Of course, I also began reading the Heist Society novels as Carter released them. But from the beginning, Heist Society just hasn’t held my attention the way Gallagher Girls did. For one thing, there are the titles. Never Judge a Girl by Her Cover? Only the Good Spy Young? United We Spy? How can Uncommon Criminals and Perfect Scoundrels possibly beat those? Don’t judge a book by its title, I know, I know. But I am judging!

Perfect Scoundrels is a perfectly decent book. It held my attention. It reveals a few twists. Classic shenanigans occur. But it’s not anything brilliant, frankly. I just don’t connect with Kat and Hale the same way I did with Cammie and Zack. And the supporting characters are an interchangeable circus, lacking the development of Cammie’s friends and teachers.

Is this starting to sound like a bitter fangirl post? It’s not meant to be.

Carter does do one thing very well, regardless of the series. She speaks teenage girl. The fears, breathless hope, cynicism, and weaving love with events of national importance are straight from the hearts of teenage girls around the world, constantly reinventing themselves and trying to discover what will stick. Her characters also have connections. Though all of them come from non-traditional families, they create a familial bond that rings true in all good relationships.

Perfect Scoundrels is a good light read. But I’d just as soon reread a Gallagher Girls novel.

Have you read Carter? Prefer Hale or Zack? Cammie or Kat? Fangirl arguments in the comments!

Ooooh, and if you’ve read any of Carter’s adult stuff, please leave me a review. I haven’t touched her older stuff, but if you tell me they’re good, I might.

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