Author: Ally Carter
Release date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Reading level: YA
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.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the previous two books, don't read this review!
Perfect Scoundrels, the third book in the Heist Society series, really ups the stakes and is probably the best book of the series so far. Ally Carter continues to impress me with this series.
So Kat and Hale finally moved from friends to something more and now that brand new relationship is on the line. Perfect Scoundrels starts off light and fluffy with Kat, Hale, and Gabrielle pulling some crazy con but things quickly take a turn for the worse. Hale is called home when he finds out that his grandmother has passed away. Things only get crazier when Hale finds out that his grandmother named him as heir to the company. It's not that Kat doesn't believe that Hale would be left the company, it's the fact that someone else stands to benefit from this too, Kat's just not sure how. When Kat starts digging behind Hale's back, things don't exactly go as planned. Instead of pulling a con, this time Kat and her crew may just have to stop one of their members from being the target of one.
Perfect Scoundrels is really Hale's story. Readers finally get to hear the story of how Kat and Hale initially met and how Hale ended up part of the crew. Not only do we get a lot of Hale's history though, we also get to see a very different side of him. He's not the fun, lovable guy this time around. He's going through a lot and he doesn't exactly know how to handle it. He comes off as a bit of a jerk at times but he definitely redeems himself by the end of the book. Then there's Kat. She's so adorably awkward this time around. Her new boyfriend is acting very weird and she has no clue how to handle it. She's not exactly on her A game and she really has to rely on her friends to help get her through this. And of course those friends are just as awesome as ever.
And once again, the story is fabulous. Ally Carter's books are fun, fast-paced stories that are such quick reads. It probably helps that it's pretty much impossible to stop reading once you've started. Once you're into the story you won't want to stop reading until you find out if everything is going to work out.
Overall, Perfect Scoundrels will not disappoint fans of the Heist Society series. It's everything I could have hoped for and more. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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