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…

Ally Carter drops hints on Heist Society 3

Ally Carter has revealed (via her Twitter feed) that Heist Society 3 will focus a lot on Hale and will involve lots of brooding and shirtlessness.

I think I just died and went to Heaven.

Speaking of Ally Carter, ONLY 65 DAYS UNTIL OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME IS RELEASED!!! Is anyone else re-reading books 1-4? Let me tell you a super spy secret… they’re even better the second time around.

She’s playing WHO?! YA book-to-movie casting news

       

Since Hollywood has no creative imagination left, there are more books being made into movies than I can count. In a previous post, I mentioned a lot of young adult books that studios want to put on the big screen. Many are rumors, some have started casting, and a handful are already in production. Here’s a preview of what we’ve got to look forward to…

Mortal Instruments (2012)

After numerous postings in the blogosphere and other online entertainment sources, most of us already know that Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are taking the lead roles of Clary Fray and Jace Wayland. Simon Black, however, is still a great big question mark. Earlier reports of Xavier Samuel taking the role have disintegrated, and we’re still left Simon-less. WHY MUST YOU TOY WITH ME, HOLLYWOOD?

Fallen (2012)

Lauren Kate’s Fallen heroine will be played by Lucy Hale (most recently best known as Aria in Pretty Little Liars). Honestly, I can’t think of a better actress to play Lucinda Price. As soon as I heard she took the role, it all clicked. Based on her PLL performance, she can play a naive teenager falling hopelessly in love VERY well, and the physical description is a spot on match. Even the chick on the cover of the book resembles Hale. The all-powerful movie execs finally got one right.

Heist Society (2012)

Drew Barrymore will be directing this adaptation of Ally Carter’s novel about an art heist, and I think that is AWESOME. No word yet on who will play Kat and if Hale isn’t hot as hell, I will storm the studio with torches and pitchforks. WHO’S WITH ME?!

Maximum Ride (2013)

Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight and Red Riding Hood, is taking on James Patterson’s series about a group of kids with bird DNA as a result of a government genetics experiment. Once again, no casting rumors out yet, but Max better be totally kick-ass. Hardwicke will also direct The Maze Runner, tentatively set for release in 2013.

Thirteen Reasons Why (2013)

If you haven’t heard already, Selena Gomez will be playing Hannah Baker, the high schooler who sent out somewhat of a suicide note via cassette tapes to the thirteen people she feels are responsible for driving her to suicide. As soon as I hear who is playing main character Clay Jensen, ya’ll will be the first to know.

The Great Gastby (2012)

I know, I know. It’s 10th grade required reading and it’s one of those classics with complex language that no one wants to read. But it’s TIMELESS, people! There is already a classic movie version of this novel from the 70’s, but I have to admit I’m rather excited for this one. Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby, the novel’s title character. It is being directed by Baz Luhrman who was the genius behind 1996’s Romeo + Juliet (which also starred DiCaprio, and was also amazing). Pair that with a well rounded cast of Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan, and this movie should be the bomb diggity. And look at it this way… even if you’re not as excited about it as I am, now you won’t even have to read it for English class!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 

I have total faith in this movie. The book was written by Stephen Chbosky, the screenplay was written by Stephen Chbosky, and the movie is being directed by (any guesses?) Stephen Chbosky. At least, if nothing else, the movie will be true to the novel with no ridiculous artistic interpretations from some nutty director. This one will star Logan Lerman (aka Percy Jackson), Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd. How can THAT be a bad thing?!

Incarceron (2013)

Taylor Lautner will take a backseat to vampires no longer! He’s taking the lead in this adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s novel, costarring with Hollywood newbie Maria Juan Garcias. Lautner will play Finn, a prisoner of Incarceron and Garcias will play Claudia, the warden’s daughter.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited. Even if the movies suck, I can still have fun mocking them…