Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Date Published: February 5th 2013
Format: Hard Cover
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 1 night
The Writing Score: 3.5 out of 5
Recommendation: Must read for fans of the book and people who need to start the series
Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable
Rating: 4 out of 5
I literally devoured this book in one sitting. I started at 6:00 pm and finished it at 1:00 am which made me feel accomplished to be honest.
This book is a great instalment to the series. It was most definitely Hale’s book as it discusses more about his past but don’t worry. Kat is still narrating. I liked that we got to see past the charismatic W. W. Hale to the more vulnerable side of him. It was also nice to see some turbulence on the Kat and Hale relationship. As also, you’re given a fun ride with quirky con names (I knew what one of them meant without explanation!) and Carter gives us quite the unexpected twist as well.
It was a heart felt story that delved deeper into the characters and their world while making it exciting. Not sure what else to say other than I can’t wait for more from Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls 6 here I come!).
I also had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Ally Carter on behalf of the wonderful Giselle from Book Nerd. It was such a huge honor and I was so excited since I’ve been reading her books since high school (I didn’t faint or make too much of a fool of myself so yay me). It was fun and Carter was so kind. You can check out the interview at Book Nerd.
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.