Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter | Book Review


Pages: 328 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

Age Group: Young Adult

*spoiler alert for those who haven’t read the Heist Society series beforehand*



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.

Rating: Another Great Book!

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Ally Carter is a queen! I’ve read almost all her books and loved every single one. So, of course, I was lying in wait for Perfect Scoundrels (totally honing my thief skills). I was a bit surprised by the more serious tone of the book, but I was still incredibly pleased overall.

Perfect Scoundrels throws us right back into Kat’s story without a moment of waste. Kat, Hale, & Gabrielle are in the middle of a job when Marcus unexpectedly whisks Hale back home. His grandmother, his closest family member, has died and left the family’s billion dollar corporation to Hale, but there’s something that seems off. Then, Kat gets a tip that the will might have been altered in a con to steal the company’s fortune. This job is unlike anything Kat has done before because one of their own, Hale, is the target.

If I could describe Perfect Scoundrels with one word it would be intense. The previous two Heist Society books had a less serious tone and they felt like lighter reads. I’ve grown so attached to the characters that this con felt like it hit close to home. The situation was more desperate and it pulled on my heart strings a lot more. There were plenty of moments where I was biting my nails and tapping my foot in nervousness waiting to read what lay ahead.

Kat Bishop like always was a brilliant character! She once again proved herself to be a criminal mastermind through & through. She was incredibly smart and unbelievably quick on her feet. These are all characteristics we’ve seen from Kat before and in Perfect Scoundrels we’re reminded that she’s just a teenage girl with a really awesome job.

Hale has always been a source of comedic relief, but he grows up a lot in Perfect Scoundrels between his grandmother dying and inheriting the family corporation. We see Hale in a new light as a vulnerable character and we get a peek inside some of his insecurities. It helped understand his character and it just made me love him more. Also, sadly, the adorable relationship of Kat + Hale goes downhill just when it was beginning to start. Hale can’t believe Kat thinks the will is a con and she doesn’t know if she should go through with the job if it means losing Hale. Although, the realtionship is strained throughout most of the book there are still plenty of scenes to keep Kat + Hale fans happy.

My favorite part of Perfect Scoundrels was seeing the whole Bishop family come together to help Hale. Kat’s family seemed never ending and we’re introduced to lots of new characters. Also, we get to see a couple familiar faces like Gabrielle who I really used to dislike. In Perfect Scoundrels, I grew really fond of her character as she gave Kat reasonable advice in her sassy, poised manner. And, Kat can’t do a job without the Bagshaws who love blowing things up and computer genius Simon. Plus, we see more of Kat’s dad who I find to be a very interesting character. By the end of Perfect Scoundrels, I was wishing I was part of the crazy but loyal Bishop family!

Perfect Scoundrels was another great addition to the Heist Society series and I definitely recommend it to fans of mystery & espionage. It had a more serious tone with plenty of super suspenseful and intense scenes. Ally Carter manages to keep you surprised till the very end. I always find myself mind-blown by her incredible endings and Perfect Scoundrels was no exception. I cannot wait for the next Heist Society book to read some more of Kat + Hale & the crew! 🙂

Favorite Quotes

“Someday you will know that the heart is not always as wise as it is strong.”

“He’s a boy, Kat. I hate to break it to you, but we are fundamentally different.”

“The things that are most precious to us are sometimes the most secret.”

“Sleep every chance you get. Eat every chance you get. Those were two of the many lessons that Kat learned at her father’s knee and her uncle’s table.” – Words to live by!


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