Title: Perfect Scoundrels (The Heist Society #3)
Author: Ally Carter
Published: February 5th 2013 by Hyperion Books for Children
Source: Finished copy received by the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: "Of all people who knew about the big house in the middle of Wyndham Woods, very few had ever been inside."
Thoughts: Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I must admit, I'm a huge Hale fan and before starting this novel, I thought to myself "The only thing that would make this book better than the rest is more Hale." Because seriously, who doesn't love him? Does Ally Carter deliver in this department? You bet your sweet hiney she does!
One of the things I love about this series is how much fun they are. It's not all about angst or random teenage drama. While I love those things, they get tiring and repetitive. PERFECT SOUNDRELS is about coning people (and readers), friendship, and so much more. The best thing about this series? Each book has a beginning and an end. There's no dramatic and torturous cliffhanger. Like the others in the series, the ending will leave you satisfied yet still craving more. The best way I can describe it is it's like eating the best meal you've ever have, being completely stuffed and still wanting to order dessert. What can I say? I'm a glutton!
PERFECT SCOUNDRELS is a tad different than the previous two books. Instead of being the ones behind the con, they're the ones being conned. Hale's family is up to something, and it's up to Kat to save him. What I adore about this is you get to truly see how strong of a character Kat is. Unlike the previous two books, she really, really puts herself out there. While Kat has always been a loyal friend and family member, this book truly makes her shine. At one point, Hale literally leaves Kat hanging but does this stop her? Not at all. If anything, it encouraged her figure things out and fight harder. She's a feisty little thing with a lot of heart which is why she's one of my favorite heroines.
The only bad thing I will say about this book is that the relationship between Hale and Kat is torturous. I get it, they're young and taking things slowly but COME ON! I find myself longing for the smiles and banter and maybe mores. Do I still swoon? For sure, but it's a frustrated swoon.
Overall, I highly, highly recommend checking out PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. In my opinion, it's the best one yet. For those who haven't read THE HEIST SOCIETY, you don't need to read it in order to enjoy PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. Like I said, each book has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I still recommend reading THE HEIST SOCIET and UNCOMMON CRIMINALS first so you can watch the character and relationship development, but you don't necessarily have to. It's just so much better when you do!
“The things that are most precious to us are sometimes the most secret.”
“'But on the upside, I guess we're getting ready to find out if you really only love me for my jet.'
'I might love you for your jet,' Gabrielle said, straight-faced.
He smiled a Kat. 'What about you?'
'Yeah," Kat said, nodding. "I guess that is the question.'”
“'Someday you will know that the heart is not always as wise as it is strong.'"