Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: January 22nd 2013
Source: Amazon (via Kindle).
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.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 1 (more like a few hours)
An okay cover. It blends the Gallagher Girls style (the plaid background on the bottom half of the cover) with Heist Society’s (an object worth stealing). Other than that, it doesn’t really jump off the page but I am a huge Ally Carter fan so I was too excited for the cross over to judge a book by it’s cover (that’s so a Gallagher Girls pun).
The Writing Score: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Casual Perusal
Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable
Rating: 4 out of 5
As I’ve said already, I was excited to learn of this cross over between two series that I love so much. There’s been A LOT of novellas and short stories between, before and after series and many of them aren’t necessary. What I like about this one is that it’s a) free for readers and fans of the series and b) it’s really well done. Is it necessary to either series? That’s debatable. It does foreshadow one of the books coming out and gives a clearer understanding (if it wasn’t obvious before) of a romantic relationship in the previous novels. I love that it gives more screen time and a different POV from characters that normally take a backseat to the narratives of Kat and Cammie. I enjoyed the meshing of conman and spy which wasn’t that hard of a mash up since spies are conmen with the law (mostly) behind them.
I can guarantee readers that Macey’s badass-ness (if it was ever in doubt before) is fully realized here and Hale is still swoon worthy. If you have read one of the series or even both, I strongly suggest this read.
A. A. Omer
The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.