Launch Event! Patrice Kindl’s DON’T YOU TRUST ME (Audiobook)

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I am SUPER excited to share this launch with you!  Patrice Kindl’s new YA novel, DON’T YOU TRUST ME, reminds me of Ally Carter’s HEIST SOCIETY series.

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Synopsis: A teenage girl switches identities with a stranger and pulls off a long-term scam in this smart, sarcastic thriller perfect for fans of Ally Carter.

Don’t you trust me? I mean, look at me. Blond, blue eyed, the very image of innocence. Pretty enough, if you care about that kind of thing. I don’t. But would a normal person switch identities with some wet mess of a girl at the airport just to get her to stop bawling about being separated from her loser boyfriend and sent to live with some distant relatives? Nope, she wouldn’t. Yet I did. I’m not as normal as you think. And you’ll just have to trust me.

©2016 Patrice Kindl (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Second Look: PERFECT SCOUNDRELS by Ally Carter

Kat and her whole crew are back in the third Heist Society installment for her most difficult caper yet.

February 5, 2013

The Story: Kat Bishop has been in a lot of sticky situations, but she may be a little in over her head in this one. When Hale inherits his family’s company after the sudden death of his grandmother, Marcus (Hale’s loyal and ever-present butler) alerts Kat that not all is kosher at Hale Industries. He suspects the will may have been tampered with and this time Hale isn’t in on the con… he’s the mark. If Marcus’s theory is true, Kat will have to risk everything, including her relationship with Hale, to right the wrong and catch the bad guy.

The Low Down:  Ally Carter continues to be awesome with her newest novel in the Heist Society series. She brilliantly writes seamless storylines and unbelievable complex cons with a loveable group of characters and her signature wit.

Though this is different from the other HS novels in one respect: Hale is simply not the same Hale every female reader fell in love with. Don’t get me wrong, his grandmother died and his inheritance was a lie. The kid has a reason to be sad and pissy. But Hale’s usual snarkiness and sense of humor was definitely missed. If anything, though, it gave more dimension to his character. Hale isn’t just some handsome, rich, teenage playboy. He has another side of him that does care what his family thinks, despite what he claims. So even though I was disappointed to not see the Hale I know and love, I can appreciate learning more about his character.

On the plus side, we’re introduced to almost everyone in Kat’s thieving family (including a hilariously naked Uncle Felix) while Kat tries to run the biggest con of her teenage life. But we also get an inside look at Hale’s family as well. Parents, cousins, aunts, uncles (including a long lost uncle which may or may not be Uncle Eddie) are all introduced. Family dynamics are a big theme in this novel, and by the end we have a better understanding of Hale’s real family (FYI: A very kind note from an unexpected character may make you tear up).

Extra Goodies: 

  • Quote Props. If you’re familiar with our Quote Props feature, you may know that every so often AtLP highlights quotes from books that we find particularly poignant, well-written, and (more commonly) downright hilarious. Ally Carter has provided us with an entire book’s worth of Quote Props with Perfect Scoundrels.

The Bottom Line: In typical Ally Carter fashion, Perfect Scoundrels is full of brilliant plans, witty quips, and a full cast of quirky characters. Despite having a bit of a darker element than the other Heist Society novels, this one is just as fun as the others.  It’s sure  to draw readers in for a quick, easy read that’s full of intriguing and hilarious con-men action.

OFFICIAL RATING: 9/10

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Double Crossed, Ally Carter’s short story featuring characters from both the Heist Society AND Gallagher Girls series!

OMG, MACEY MCHENRY MEETS W.W. HALE?! It’s every Ally Carter fan’s dream!

OH. MY. GOD.

Yes, AllyCar fans… it’s true!

Gallagher Girls and Heist Society fans are in for a serious treat come January 22. Ally Carter is releasing a short story in the form of a FREE ebook entitled Double Crossed, which will introduce Macey McHenry (super spy in training at Gallagher Academy) to W.W. Hale V (international thief and conman) from Carter’s Heist Society series.

Double Crossed

I love how the cover art blends the traditional cover art of both series (plaid from GG and a gem from HS)

From Carter’s website:

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

I’m so excited, I think I’m gonna die.

Excuse me while I pre-order it on Amazon and fire up my (brand new!) Kindle to prepare for such a momentous occasion.

Theme song for Heist Society 3?

Ally Carter spilled via Twitter that she feels Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” is quickly becoming the theme song for Heist Society 3. I’m telling you right now Ally… if Kat and Hale turn against each other, I will never forgive you. NEVER! Although you also previously said that Hale will be shirtless a lot, so I guess I might be able forgive you just this once.

For those of you unfamiliar with the aforementioned song…

Second Look: Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

CoveOps Report March 25, 2012.
The Operative re-read books 1 and 2 in the Gallagher Girls series, and (finally) read books 3 and 4 in record time. Was officially prepped and ready for Out of Sight, Out of Time. The Operative has concluded that Ally Carter continues to get more and more awesome with every book she writes.

*It must be noted, however, that spoilers for the previous books will probably be included  in this review, as it is impossible to write a review of a continuing storyline without divulging some details.

The Story: Out of Sight, Out of Time brings us to the end of Cammie’s junior year at Gallagher Academy. It’s the start of Cammie’s summer vacay, and she decided to run away to protect her family and friends and everyone she cares about. She intends to use her three months of vacation to do whatever she can to find the Circle of Cavan and destroy them.

Wait.

That’s not entirely true.

Cammie wakes up in a convent in the Alps, and learns from a kindly nun-to-be that it’s the beginning of October. Not only does Cam have no idea where she is or how she got there, she has no memory of anything since the day she left Gallagher Academy at the beginning of June. She makes her way back to Gallagher Academy only to be met with more questions, a top secret ancient terrorist organization hot on her heels, and three very worried (and somewhat angry) best friends. Cammie wants answers, not to mention the memory of her lost summer. Bex, Liza, Macey, Aunt Abby, and Zach and a few more friends are all along for the ride as Cam goes on a bizarre journey across the world to try to piece together the last four months of her life.

The Low Down: The mystery surrounding Cammie’s lost memories, not to mention why the Circle of Cavan wants her so badly keeps readers on their toes from the first page to the last. We get a lot of surprises in book 5, including answers about Cammie’s father, new info about Gilly Gallagher, and what the Circle is willing to do to get to Cammie and why. It’s fast paced, suspenseful, and brings new surprises around every corner.

Bex, Liz, and Macey are still the best sidekicks I have ever encountered in a work of fiction, and I want them on my BFF squad ASAP. With Zach now attending Gallagher Academy, he’s also a constant presence in Cam’s adventures. His and Cam’s relationship has some ups and downs in book 5, but for an almost-boyfriend he sticks his neck out for Cammie in ways that make me wonder why such a guy can’t exist in real life. Yes, I know he’s a trained assassin. But some girls find that sexy… so sue me!

Cammie experiences a lot of physical, emotional, and mental trauma in this novel, but it’s not a downer. The characters all still carry Carter’s signature sense of humor, and Cammie’s voice telling the story is as light and fun as it has been in the previous books. We also get to see a side of Cammie that we’ve seen before, just not with so much intensity… Cammie is scared, but incredibly determined to find out what happened to her. This adds to the suspense of the novel especially given her memory loss. This one is definitely a page turner.

The Bottom Line: Carter’s fifth installment in the Gallagher Girls series delivers in a big way. We get answers to lots of questions, and, though the story has a good resolution, it gives enough of an opening to promise at least one more book about our favorite spies.

OFFICIAL RATING 8.5/10

P.S. If you want even MORE spy related fun, check out cafepress.com for a lot of Gallagher Girl goodies. This Operative is using all her willpower to not buy a Gallagher Academy iPhone case and a Blackthorne Institute for Boys hoodie.

P.P.S Operative is now eagerly awaiting the release and/or more details of Heist Society 3, and is very disgruntled that extensive internet searches have returned no information on the subject.

P.P.P.S Here’s a book trailer, if you don’t believe me about this book’s awesomeness.