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Perfect Scoundrels Hardcover – February 5, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Heist Society Series

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The stakes are not only higher but also personal in this third Heist Society novel. Teen criminal mastermind Katarina Bishop gathers her fellow con artists to help one of their own, W. W. Hale the Fifth, when Hale’s wealthy tycoon grandmother dies suddenly—and mysteriously—leaving control of her billion-dollar corporation to underage Hale and the family’s greedy trustee lawyer. This time Kat’s not after cursed jewels or stolen paintings but the original will—even if it means losing Hale in the process. While jet-setting around the globe, scheming elaborate break-ins, and even pulling off a “Basil E. Frankweiler” maneuver in a high-security London museum, Kat must keep her feelings for Hale in check. Can she trust her usually steadfast partner? Further complicating this cinematic caper is the meeting of Kat’s under-the-radar relatives and Hale’s socialite family. With razor-sharp dialogue, twists and tight squeezes galore, and one quick-thinking heroine, Carter doesn’t miss a step as she continues to entertain her numerous fans. Grades 7-10. --Angela Leeper

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The stakes are not only higher but personal in this third Heist Society novel. Teen criminal mastermind Katarina Bishop gathers her fellow con artists to help one of their own, W. W. Hale the Fifth, when Hale's wealthy tycoon grandmother dies suddenly-and mysteriously-leaving control of her billion-dollar corporation to underage Hale and the family's greedy trustee lawyer. This time Kat's not after cursed jewels or stolen paintings but the original will-even if it means losing Hale in the process. While jet-setting around the globe, scheming elaborate break-ins, and even pulling off a "Basil E. Frankweiler" maneuver in a high-security London museum, Kat must keep her feelings for Hale in check. Can she trust her usually steadfast partner? Further complicating this cinematic caper is the meeting of Kat's under-the-radar relatives and Hale's socialite family. With razor-sharp dialogue, twists and tight squeezes galore, and one quick-thinking heroine, Carter doesn't miss a step as she continues to entertain her numerous fans.- Angela Leeper Booklist Online"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: A
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423166009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423166009
  • ASIN: 1423166000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was semi hesitant to open Perfect Scoundrels since I wasn't totally enamoured with Uncommon Criminals. Some of the problems I had were fixed in this novel, though some still remained. However, this book would be a well-crafted finale, but I hope someday we will get to hold that fourth book in our hands and join the gang once more!

I really love the crew in these books. Something that Carter always excels at is group dynamics and it's such a pleasure reading the group scenes, always! I love that Gabrielle and Kat have grown so close. Simon and the Bagshaws are some of my favorite side characters ever and of course one simply cannot not love W.W. Hale the fifth.

In Perfect Scoundrels we officially meet some of Kat's family who we haven't seen yet (about time, dare I say! also, this was incredibly hilarious—especially uncle Felix hah) and there are other key players in this story of high-stakes who I loved to meet and am hoping we will see in the future as well if that fourth book indeed happens. Also, we get more background for Marcus who is always such a joy to have following along with our group.

The villain in this story is in the league of villains in Gallagher Girls final books tbh. They are really freaking awful and it's definitely a darker story than the previous installments in the Heist Society stories. I liked all the twist and turns that came upon our crew and the villain; it certainly made for an exciting, high-stakes game of cat and mouse where the outcome may not always be exactly what you're expecting.

As for the problems, I still feel like we should/could know more about the Bagshaws, Simon and Gabrielle; also, the other families' aspect is very much under developed still.
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When Hale's grandmother dies, he is pulled back into his family life, giving up heists with Kat. The crew then must save his company without his help. We also get to see a flashback of how Hale and Kat met.

Things I loved about his book:
1. The closer look we got to see of Hale's family. It was fun to see how different Kat and Hale's families are and how it has shaped them. Kat's family is full of thieves, but they are all so close and she can trust every single one of them. Then there's Hale's family. They are less trustworthy than Kat's, less trustworthy than a family of thieves. Through these circumstances, we get to see Hale grow and develop even more than in the other books.
2. Kat and Hale's relationship. Since they are finally together, I was expecting a book full of their mushy relationship that had completely taken over their friendship. But it wasn't like that. They are still best friends and continued to act as such, with their romance just another layer to their relationship.
3. Natalie. Ally Carter could have thrown in Natalie as the third point of the love triangle like other YA novels, but Natalie is so much more than that. She's an actual character that has a point in the series outside of the romance. At least for now.
4. Basically Everything. The pacing, the plot, and the minor characters are all so well done, making this book as good, if not better, than the first two. I can only hope there will be many more books in this series.
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I won this in a giveaway.

OK, I admit it. This is my first five star review since December. But I had so much fun reading this book that I'm not able to give it a different rating. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter is the third book in the Heist Society series. I haven't read the first two, but I really wish I had, because even though I loved this book, the things I had even a slight problem with would have been solved with the development in the first two, I'm guessing. But you obviously don't need to read the first two to understand and enjoy the third one.

This installment reintroduces us to Kat and her love interest Hale. To me, they remind me so much of Veronica Mars and Logan. We start off with their first meeting, and then launch right into him acting distant after called home. His grandmother has died and now he's the owner of her empire, over his own father. Kat is called into the fray by Hale's manservant, who suspects the current will is not the real one. Will Kat be able to find out the truth and save her relationship with Hale at the same time?

Kat is a spunky heroine with the right mix of edge, intelligence and confidence. She also has an insecure side that comes out occasionally, but at the right times. Hale is intriguing, but I think I would have loved him even more had I known him before in the previous books. I absolutely love Kat's "family," and the book makes me think that for thieves they have a pretty high moral standard even though they steal stuff for a living. There are twists and turns that keep on coming all the way to the last page, and even though I guessed a couple of things, there was no way I was going to predict them all. I loved every moment of it, and I'm going to definitely pick up the first two.

Overall, Veronica Mars meets Ocean's Eleven. Great and unique premise, terrific characters, and a nonstop plot that will keep you guessing until the end.
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Katarina Bishop has never had a normal life, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been a happy life. She is loved by her con artist family, she knows they will always be there when she needs them, and now she has a boyfriend, Hale. But Hale has never known the concept of family the way Kat has, and when his beloved grandmother dies, that fact becomes all too real.

The boyfriend thing is new for Kat, but when Hale abandons them in the middle of a con, she knows something horrible has happened. When she finds out his grandmother has died, she gets to see the true origins of W. W. Hale V, and it isn't pretty. When she goes to the funeral, she truly begins to understand that Hale is from a different class of people than Kat is, and she knows she could never fit in with this life of his. When the will is read, Hale's world is thrown into turmoil again as he learns his grandmother has left him the billion dollar company. Until Hale is of age to take over the company, the family lawyer will serve as executor, but something is wrong.

When Marcus, Hale's faithful servant, pulls Kat aside to talk to her, he explains his concerns that the will is a forgery. Hale's grandmother never trusted the lawyer, and she always said she would leave something to Marianne, Marcus's sister and Hale's grandmother's best friend. Knowing Kat's particular set of skills, Marcus asks Kat to investigate and find the real will. Now Kat, always a moral con artist (really! I swear!), feels like she must take this job, but how can she take the job that might prove her boyfriend doesn't deserve the inheritance he received?
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