Second Look: GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart (2017)

I know Katie just reviewed this, but I’m piggy-backing.  I also received a free galley for an honest review.  Thanks, Delacorte for the galley at #BEA2017!

GenuineFraud

Releases September 5, 2017

e. lockhart’s GENUINE FRAUD
Delacorte Press, 2017

Since Katie already posted, I’m just going to dive into my thoughts on this book. =)

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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…

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.