Author: Ally Carter (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: Heist Society #3
Genres: Caper, YA
Format: Hardcover (328 pages)
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket
I adored Perfect Scoundrels. In fact, it’s my favorite of the three Heist Society books. There’s more romance, more crazy cons, more Hale. What’s not to love? And, the story keeps you guessing until the end. I didn’t see any of it coming, except perhaps for one of the minor characters (but not even their entire role in everything either).
As with Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals, I love the point-of-view in Perfect Scoundrels. I heart third-person narratives. So much more insight, even if it’s still a limited narrator. But, what the third-person, even limited, point-of-view gives you that first-person doesn’t is little glimpses into the setting not from the main character’s eyes. I loved all the little things of how bystanders might think that something was off, but just went about their business. It made for some funny mental images that you couldn’t get through the high-stress of actually pulling off the con.
My favorite thing about the Heist Society books is Hale. I’m not gonna lie. He’s the perfect guy. And, when I heard that this book was more about him, I was super excited because I’ve wanted to know his back story since page one. I liked seeing the different sides of Hale; it gave him more depth. I loved seeing his family dynamics. It made me appreciate him more, and Kat’s family more. I loved knowing how things worked in the Hale world. However, I’m a bit disappointed no one let slip what the Ws stand for. Ah well. Another book, I guess. I kid, I kid. I know Carter will hold on to that for as long as she can.
I really liked Kat in this book too. The only thing on her mind was Hale. She wanted to make sure he was all right, even when she didn’t know what that meant. She always had his best in mind, even when there was a chance she could lose him. She seemed really grown up in this book; almost too grown up for a 15-year-old girl. I kept thinking she was more like or 18 or 19 years old.
The secondary characters were fun too. I loved seeing more of Bobby Bishop and getting to know him a bit better. I loved learning more about Marcus and his sister. I loved seeing so much of Kat’s “family” and how they all worked together. And, I was super sad and then super happy that I fell for a certain something with someone. Was that vague enough for you?
My one big complaint about this series is the romance. I’m glad there was more in this story than the other two books. But, there needs to be more kissing and longer, intense kisses! There always needs to be more kissing! Always!
I’m glad I finally had a chance to read Perfect Scoundrels. And, I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out and what adventure will be had by Kat and the gang.