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File this one under IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
"If my child picked up the book out of the library, then your child has the ability to do it too," said Bennet. I Hunt Killers was on the Henry Clay High School reading list, along with dozens of other books. Bennett's son chose it from the school library, but she wants to know why it was even an option.
Now Bennett said the book needs to go, and parents need to be kept in the loop. Therefore, school officials are taking a closer look at the list, but want everyone to remember one thing. "You never can judge a book by its cover," said Quenon.
Fayette County Schools said no student is required to read I Hunt Killers, it is simply a book they can choose.
Which reminds me, I really need to read the sequel.
COUNT ME IN.
AND LOOK AT THOSE COVERS!
Simukkaâs rapid success abroad is unusual for an author from Finland.
Exceptions are Tove Janssonâs Moomin stories, historically the countryâs
most famous childrenâs book export; and the most internationally
notable Finnish publishing story of recent years, Sofi Oksanenâs Purge,
which appeared in English two years after it had picked up Finlandâs
most prestigious literary prize, Finlandia, and reached the top of
national bestseller lists. The Snow White trilogy hasnât yet become a
bestseller, as adult fiction typically dominates the charts in Finland.
But the series has gained international notice thanks in large part to a
relatively new phenomenon in Simukkaâs home country: the literary
That said, I hope that the main character isn't ACTUALLY "Lisbeth Salander for a young adult audience", because I'm already somewhat tired of Salander-ish characters. And anyway, I still mantain that Salander herself isn't nearly as cool as Kathy Mallory
, who is ALSO a damaged hacker genius-type, but whatevs.
From the NYT:
To his admiring peers,Mr. Leonard did not merely validate the popular crime thriller; he stripped the form of its worn-out affectations, reinventing it for a new generation and elevating it to a higher literary shelf.
Reviewing âRiding the Rapâ for The New York Times Book Review in 1995, Martin Amis cited Mr. Leonardâs âgifts â of ear and eye, of timing and phrasing â that even the most indolent and snobbish masters of the mainstream must vigorously covet.â As the American chapter of PEN noted, when honoring Mr. Leonard with its Lifetime Achievement award in 2009, his books âare not only classics of the crime genre, but some of the best writing of the last half-century.â
In his honor, I shall make a display of his books and order JustifiedÂ (and Out of SightÂ and Get ShortyÂ and Jackie Brown)Â for the library.
ELIZABETH PETERS AND ELMORE LEONARD IN THE SAME YEAR. I hate you, 2013.
As I suspect I'll be doing a decent amount of readers' advisory for adults at my new job, I decided that I need to bone up a bit on adult fictionâover the past few years, I've read very little of it. SO, going forward, I'll be periodically posting about adult books.
TL;DR:Â Look at me, reading a grown-up book.
Mike Bowditch is a rookie game warden, only a few months into his very first posting on the coast of Southern Maine. One night, he gets home after dealing with a call about a black bear stealing a drunk guy's pig to find a message on his answering machine from his estranged father, who asks for his help.Â
He erases the message, but it sticks with him, and he tries to track his father down the next dayâno easy feat on the best of days, considering the lack of cell phone reception in Northern Maine and his father's habit of heading off into the woods for days at a time. Then the news breaks: a cop has been shot and killed up north... and Mike's father is not only the prime suspect, but a fugitive.Â
As Mike puts it, his father is "a bar brawler, not a terrorist", so he heads on up to his childhood stomping grounds to try and figure things out. The local police want nothing to do with him, as they're convinced his father is the killer... so Mike puts everything on the lineâhis personal relationships, his career, even his own lifeâin his attempt to put things right.
Man, what is it about crime fiction that inspires me to break out every single hackneyed cliche there is? I can't help it. I love writing in Movie Trailer Voice. ANYWAY.
I enjoyed this one. Mike's a pretty classic crime hero, in that he's a loner with relationship troublesâboth parental and romanticâthough he doesn't have the issues with addiction that so many other literary detectives do. He speaks straightforwardly and distinctlyâthough not particularly distinctively, as he's not prone to literary flourishes or flights of fancy or dialect or other quirksâand he's got a great eye for detail, both in describing the people of Maine and capturing a sense of place.
He does a great job of showing the age-old love/hate feelings many Mainers have about people From Away, as well as portraying divides in economic class and level of education and so on. There's loads of really interesting state history that's interwoven into the narrativeâactually, I guess that his tendency to digress into stories like that would count as a narrative quirkâand the author's note at the beginning lists a whole bunch of books I want to check out soon.
The only drawback was this: although the storyline dealt with issues of abandonment and betrayal, with faith and how hard it is to overcome our own past, oddly enough, I didn't find it all that emotionally engaging. The mystery itself was competent, though, and I truly didn't see the resolution coming, which is always cool.Â
I'll be reading the others in the series for sure, but more for the Maine stuff than for anything else.
Book source: Borrowed from my library.
Kirsten Miller posted the entirety of The Irregular Guide to New York City over at her blog for free, so zip on over and snag the PDF!
Blog tours are a rarity here at Bookshelves of Doom, so on the very few occasion that one swings through, you can be confident in assuming that I feel veryÂ strongly indeed about the book in question.
It's been six years since the last Kiki StrikeÂ book, and even the most devoted fans of Ananka Fishbein and the Irregulars had given up hope of a third installment. So when The Darkness DwellersÂ was announced, there was much rejoicing in the kidlitosphere. And not classy, tempered, polite rejoicing, but RAUCOUS, DELIGHTED SQUEEING.
I was working when I found out, and it's possible that I whooped so long and so loudly that some of my patrons shushed me... but I'm not admitting to anything.
If you haven't read the first two books, you're missed out on huge fun: Kiki Strike is a tiny, white-haired girl with life-threatening allergies, a penchant for wearing black and using her martial arts prowess on anyone who gets in her way... and is a secret princess to boot; Ananka is our narrator, has a avid interest in all things cryptozoology and conspiracy, who lives in an apartment with a private library so impressive that it would rival most public ones; Betty is a sweet-natured master of disguise; DeeDee is a science genius and explosives expert; Luz is aggressive and crabby, but a whiz with gadgets; Oona is a hacker, lock-picker, and business maven; Iris is a younger-mascot-turned-member. Because they're teenageÂ girls, villains often underestimate them... but like Mary Quinn, Buffy, and any number of kickass heroines, Kiki and the Irregulars always use that to their advantage.
As in the first two books, many of the chapters end with sections ofÂ practical advice about how to handle oneself in a number of tight spots. In the previous books, the advice offered up would have been right at home in one of the Worst Case Scenario handbooks...Â but this time, in a rather brilliant twist, those sections could have come straight from Miss Manners. It's all about being a twenty-first-century lady (or gentleman): there are sections on Tea Parties and Flower Arranging, Delightful Dinners and The Rendezvous. NEVER FEAR, THOUGH, the girls haven't come close to losing their edge, and the advice sections are just as clever and subversive as fans would expect.Â
So, I went in with high hopesâwhich is sometimes a dangerous propositionâbutÂ I'm happy to report that Kirsten Miller has done it again: like its predecessors,Â The Darkness DwellersÂ is chock-full of excitement, mystery, secrets, disguises, stock market shenanigans,Â and smartypants humor. There are punches thrown and tires slashed; code-breaking and chemistry and cool tidbits of lesser-known history.
And while that'd be plenty to keep anyone entertained, it's ALSO an emotionally engaging story about the importance of loyalty, honor, friendship, and family; about realizing that sometimes you can rely more on the family you choose than the family you're born to, but that you also shouldn't be too quick to give up on people. That there isn't only one way to be strong; thatÂ you don't have to appear hard-as-nails to be tough; andÂ that being compassionate, polite, and offering second chances doesn't equate to being weak... as long as you don't throw your pragmatism out the window. (And always keep your right hook in reserve,Â just in case.)Â
Kiki and friends, I'm glad you're back, even though I'm well aware that this might be your last outing. If so, I'm comfortable with thatâthe major plot threads were resolved, after allâbut I very much hope that it won't be.
Book source: Review copy via Netgalley.
Chief Inspector George Suttle is abruptly disturbed from yet another night of not sleeping by an intruder in his house.
One of the Restless has gained entry, and while the majority of his household survives, sadly, his housekeeper does not. Even worseâwell, depending on your perspectiveâone of the maids, the adorable Louisa, has been bitten.
But the Chief Inspector, as one of the YoungâSunlight is not a problem, provided one uses zinc paste and wears a hat. And the latter isÂ onlyÂ good breeding, after all.âis able to arrange for her to take the cure.
Such is life in the Deadwardian age.Â
Now, CI George Suttle, the last of London's homicide detectives, has a new case: one of the Young has been murdered. Meaning that someone has managed to murder that which was not alive...Â
So, The New Deadwardians.
Artwork?: Eh. It's clear and totally serviceable, but not faintworthy.
Storyline?: Well, it's the first in a miniseries, so even though not a whole lot happens, it introduces the world and the characters and the basic plot. AND HOO BOY I LOVE THE WORLD, what with the zombies and the vampires and the Edwardian era. And I'm always a sucker for a murder mystery.
Read the next one?: OH MY GOD YES. Now, granted, this is ridiculously Up My Alley, but still. FUN FUN FUN.
Book source: Bought.
From her blog:
I think we may all be little children about the people we love.Â It is easy to say âI canât believe sheâs goneâ, and the phrase is a clichĂ© because it has been true so often, of so many much-loved people.Â I find myself thinking that if maybe I donât read that last book, the one I canât read till the next one comes out, maybe, somehow, she wonât be gone, because sheâll have to write that next book for me, for all of us.Â
Bursting into tears minutes before leaving for work = AWESOME.
Go. Read the whole thing.
(And, in case you didn't know, we're in the middle of an ongoing DWJ Celebration.)
...isn't YA, but it's a pick of interest in our household: a collection of seven Norwegian crime novels by Karin Fossum.
This issue picks up not long after the first one ended: the body of the murdered manâone of theÂ Youngâis now being prepped for autopsy. Everyone is still at a loss about the hows of the deathâthe as-yet unidentified man hadn't been impaled, incinerated, or decapitatedâlet alone the whos or whys.
While we see the beginning of CI Suttle's investigationâincluding the identification of the victim, some research into the strange burn marks on his neck, and a conversation with his valetâas well as a bit more about Suttle's household, including Louisa's reaction to being newly-Young, this issue is really more about providing some background about the world.Â
Artwork? I'm still not blown away, though I just noticed that all of the Young appear to have amber-colored eyes. The faces, especially, still aren't doing much for me, though I noticed something cool: while the faces of the Young all share a bland similarity (beyond eye color, I mean), the faces of the humans are more varied, and some of them have features so exaggerated that they almost resemble caricatures.
Storyline? As this issue provided more backstory, it got a little infodumpy as it caught new readers up to speed and then introduced more history, but not in such a way that it was egregiously offensive.
I especially like this aspect of the world:Â the Young (vampires) and the Bright (human) are divided not only along mortal lines, but along class lines. The Young are the upper crust, and the bright are the working class. Which means that the ruling class is very concerned with keeping the details of this murder quietâif it gets out, as Suttle's superior says, "We won't seem so bloody superhuman and immortal after all, will we?"
Keep going? While this issue didn't do a tonÂ for me, I'm going to keep reading because I do love the premise. I hope very much that ultimately, I'll love it for the story and the characters as well. But my hopes for the series are a little less high than they were.
Click on over toÂ Kirsten Miller's tumblr for the details of the How to Lead a Life of CrimeÂ cover contest.
(I'm immediately interested to see how the book compares to Evil Genius, which has a very similar premise.)
Bestselling YA author Andrea Cremer has agreed to do an adult erotic trilogy for Dutton. The author, who is best known for her popular Nightshade series (which Penguinâs Philomel imprint publishes), sold world rights to three books that will be set within the Nightshade world. ... The first book in the seriesâDutton said itâs about âthe lives, passions, and betrayals of lovers whose very desires invite their doomsââis scheduled for October 2013.
FROM SOHO PRESS!
Here, feel free to peruseÂ this sampler of their upcoming offerings while I recover.
Or, well, he's about to be.
John Banville, under the name Benjamin Black, is writing a new book:
This idea has been germinating for several years and I relish the prospect of setting a book in Marlowe's California, which I always think of in terms of Edward Hopper's paintings. Bay City will have a slightly surreal, or hyper-real, atmosphere that I look forward to creating.
...I wrote about Janet Fox's Sirens:
The issues raised in this bookâwhich, remember, is set almost 100 years agoâare frighteningly similar to many of those raised in the most recent election cycle. While that mayÂ soundÂ scary and depressing, it isnât. Rather, by the end,Â SirensÂ is a celebration of girl power, sisterhood, and hope for the future.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five gold rings...
There's only one gold ring in Storm Catchers, but it's important. Thirteen-year-old Ella is snatched from her family's house in the middle of the night, and, fearing for her life, her parents follow the kidnapper's instructions and leave the authorities out of it.
Wracked with guiltâhe was supposed to be home with Ella and their three-year-old brother Sammyâfifteen-year-old Fin turns Ella's GOLD RING into a dowsing pendant, and together, he and Sammy attempt to find Ella before it's too late. BUT. There's much more going on than at first glance, and since Ella's kidnapping, Sammy's mysterious imaginaryâor is she?âfriend has been drawing him into ever-scarier, ever-more-dangerous situations, and there's this old tramp who's been hanging around...
Storm CatchersÂ reminded me a little bit of Susan Cooperâit's set in Cornwall, is totally creepy, and it has that Old Fashioned '70s Adventure flavorâthough it's heavier on action than any Cooper I've ever read.Â There's a little bit of Mary Downing Hahn in here, too:Â as inÂ Wait Till Helen Comes, there's a ghost girlÂ and a whole lot of crappy behavior on the part of the parents. Fin's father, especially, is absolutely insufferableâhe's very open about blaming Fin for Ella's disappearance, even though SPOILER the whole situation has come about due to his own actions a decade ago END SPOILERâand neither parent ever thinks to turn to Fin and say, "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. YOU'RE A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY, CLEARLY NOT A FIGHTER, AND EVEN SMALL FOR YOUR AGE. IF YOU'D BEEN THERE, YOU COULD HAVE BEEN HURT OR KILLED, AND IT'S LIKELY THAT ELLA STILLÂ WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN. WE'RE GLAD THAT YOU'RE SAFE." Bowler taps right into that ADULTS ARE UNFAIR NO-NOTHINGS feeling, but some readers are bound to be annoyed that Fin never voices any sort of frustration with any of it. Then again, he's kind of busy trying to find his sister, to keep his younger brother safe, and to figure out what the heck his father is hiding. So maybe he just doesn't have the time for a good old gripe session.
It's a LOT to cram into two hundred pagesâkidnapping, ghost, family secrets, big-time betrayal, blackmail, telepathy, magic, and tragic deathâso some of it feels somewhat undeveloped, but overall, it's well-written, atmospheric, the action sequences are fast-paced and cinematic, and at points, it's super scary. Fun stuff, and bound to appeal to readers looking for that semi-wholesome (er... there's no romance or major profanity, anyway, though the storyline involves marital infidelity) old-fashioned adventure feel.
Book source: ILLed through my library.
...I wrote about Jacquelyn Mitchard's What We Saw at Night, the first book in Soho's new Teen imprint:
Itâs a solid thriller with a cool premiseâthinkÂ Rear Window, but starring aÂ Parkour-practicing heroine who hasÂ Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a condition that makes sunlight not just dangerous, but life-threateningâstrong dialogue and character development, exciting action, suspenseful plotting, and the requisite smootchies, AS WELL AS being a really believable, effective story about friendship, secrets and lies.
In other recent Kirkus columns, I covered April Lindner's CatherineÂ (Wuthering HeightsÂ in NYC) and Adrienne Kress' The Friday SocietyÂ (Charlie's AngelsÂ goes steampunk).
...have been announced:
Emilyâs Dress and Other Missing Things, by Kathryn Burak
The Edge of Nowhere, by Elizabeth George:
I absolutelyÂ guaranteeÂ that some of you will want to throw this book across the room. For one, some readers are bound to be hugely disappointed by the prosaic solution to the mystery. Much more problematic, however, is the portrayal of the one black characterâan adoptee from Uganda; he is constantly exoticized and, in more ways than one, comes off as very much âother.â
Crusher, by Niall Leonard:
There are noÂ firsts, and there is no coming of age. When the book begins, Finn has already joined the adult world. Heâs already dealt with major loss (when his mother abandoned him), is way past experimenting with mind-altering substances and he lost his virginity years ago. As heâs no longer in school, heâs working full-timeâpretty much supporting the household. When his father dies, there isnât a big reckoning about responsibility, finances or authority. His dealings with adults are all on adult terms; while he doesnât get a whole lot of respect from them, thatâs less about his age and more about his demeanor. In a nutshell,Â CrusherÂ isnât a crime story that also portrays an aspect of the teen experience. Itâs a crime story, period.
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, by Kat Rosenfield:
The specialness isnât just in Rosenfieldâs description, turns of phrase or how she captures the slow, heavy feel of summer. Itâs about how she makes every single action, interaction, sometimes even the briefest of moments...feel like a turning point. Thereâs a constant sense of dread, inevitability and change.
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein:
Trust me? Add this to your list. Donât trust me? Add it to your list anyway. Fan of historical fiction? Espionage? World War II stories? Add it, add it, add it. Even if your tastes donât usually tend in that direction, you need to pick it up anyway. It will make you dissolve into a puddle, and then, once youâve recovered, youâll immediately read it all over again. Thatâs what I did.
I've read four of the five YA titles. (And I still don't think thatÂ CrusherÂ is actually YA, but whatevs.)Â
I really need to go back and read Brenna Yovanoff's The Space Between, because somehow I never made time for it last year. Which is ridiculous, because I enjoy her so very much: her stories satisfy my weird, vaguely uncomfortable fascination with the macabre without coming off as sensationalized or exploitative. She also writes sensitivelyÂ about difficult topicsâin the case of Paper Valentine, about grief and eating disorders and the nature of sociopathyâbut without getting maudlin, and with a good deal of dark humor.
It's been six months since Hannah Wagnor's best friend Lillian died, and Hannah is still reeling... but not for the reason you'd assume. No, Hannah's having a hard time letting go of Lillian because Lillian won't let go of her: she's been haunting Hannah ever since she died.
As Juliet Stevenson's character in Truly Madly DeeplyÂ could attest, being haunted by the ghost of a loved oneâno matter how lovedâis not a comfortable, comforting thing. For one thing, you're constantly faced with a reminder of your loss... and for another, even in death, your loved one still has all the obnoxious habits that drove you bananas when s/he was still alive.
On top of that, it's the hottest July on record (SUCH a treat to read about in January, for reals); Hannah's had a couple of momentsÂ with Finny Boone, the town's resident delinquent; and someone in Ludlow is murdering young girls. Lillian is convinced that it's a serial killer, and she wants to catch him.Â Dead or alive, Lillian gets what she wants... so, despite the danger, Hannah starts investigating.
Yay! I'm happy to say that Paper ValentineÂ lives up to its lovely cover art. As I said above, it's got elements of the macabre (in addition to the murders and the ghost, birds are literally dropping deadâlike, falling from the skyâdue to an avian virus), but it's also, very much, a story about grief and about moving on (both the desire to and fear of).
Hannah and Lillian's friendship is appropriately complex; and as the story plays out, it's clear that their friendship was just as complex in life, but in different ways. Lillian was a Queen Bee-type, and her death affected the balance within their group of friends, but she is never simplyÂ a Queen Bee. Even in death, she's a believable, real, three-dimensional person, and Hannah is just as real and believable. They both have a lot going on under the surfaceâas you might imagine, Hannah, especially, is under a huge amount of pressureâand Yovanoff does a fantastic job of showing that through their actions, interactions, and emotions. Oh, and bonus points for Hannah's creative side: the descriptions of her homemade clothing (not to mention the FANTASTICALLY WONDERFUL decoupage project that shows up in the last third) are super.
While I'm talking about characters, of course, I can't forget to mention FINNY BOONE, who I suspect will walk away from this book trailed by a whole parade of fangirls. The Bad Boy/Good GuyÂ type IS ridiculously difficult to resist. He's a little bit of a stock characterâHulking Brooder Who's Been Hurt In The Past, Is Great With Kids, And Is Very Protective Of Those He Cares Aboutâbut he's still pretty irresistible.
As for the mystery component, the solution totally surprised me in the best sort of way: when I thought back, I realized that there'd been clues, and that I'd (SHOCKINGLY) just missed them. And along those same lines, I had no complaints about Hannah's detective technique: she made connections fast and acted on them quickly, and while she took chances, they weren't stupid or unnecessary ones.
Thumbs up, obviously.Â
Book source:Â Review copy from the publisher.
The University of Chicago Press is offering up Richard Stark's The Score for free this month, as well as 30% off of all of the other books in the Parker series.
If you don't know these books, you should: Parker is boss.
(via Jacket Copy)
Let's get the unpleasantness out of the way first, shall we?
I hate the cover on this book. The core of my being burns with a horrified, righteous fury that such a delightful book is trapped behind what appears to be a lazypants Photoshop job.
I've been hoping for months that the cover will be different on the actual book, but now we're two weeks away from the publication date and this is the cover featured at Amazon and on the publisher's website... so it looks like what we're seeing is what we'll get.
Basically, it's a good thing for The Name of the Star that Iâalong will her eight bajillion other fansâwill pick up anything with Maureen Johnson's name on it. Becauseâand maybe this is just me?âif I'd only had the cover art to go on, I very probably would have assumed that it was yet another self-pubbed paranormal romance and wandered right on by. (Without picking it up, I mean.)
Anyway. On to the book itself, which is much more happy-making.
Due to her parents' European teaching sabbatical, Aurora "Rory" Deveaux leaves BĂ©nouville, Louisiana to spend her senior year at a boarding school in London. Unlike Anna Oliphant, though, Rory's been planning for this trip for years. She knows the difference between England and Britain and the United Kingdom, has researched English expressions and the school system, and has even resigned herself to that whole Mandatory Sport Thing.
What she isn't prepared forâand how could she be?âis arriving at Wexford the day after a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings begins. Wexford is located in the East End, smack-dab in the middle of Ripper territory, and thus, at the epicenter of the wave of grotesquely-tacky-but-sadly-predictable Rippermania that surrounds the murders.
She's even less prepared to be the only person who's seen the prime suspect: A man who no one else appears to be able to see...
Hooray! New MJ series. If you're already a fan, you've probably already pre-ordered it. To which I say: GOOD SHOW AND SMART THINKING. You'll be pleased.
There isn't much else I can addâI'm always more tongue-tied about books that I enjoy than about books that that I don'tâother than that The Name of the Star features everything you'd expect in a Maureen Johnson book: strong, snappy dialogue; a relatable heroine; romance; pure entertainment-with-a-capital-E. (The romance, though, takes a backseat to other storylines.)
Rory is a likable, believable, witty main character; there are quirky side characters (some of them completely off screen); the Ripper situation is an extraordinary one, but people react realistically to it (I always love that); and regular life continues even as the craziness ensues (meaning that, yes, there are boarding school hijinks and verbal slap-fights along with the ghostie bits).
Maureen Johnson does a great job of conveying the horror of the original (and the new) murders, while ALSO being understanding about peoples' fascination with them. The atmosphere around Rippermania is both bloodthirsty and fearful, which should be an oxymoron, but isn't: It's a combination that we've seen again and again, both portrayed in story (the Scream movies, for example) and played out in real life (the freaking nightly news). I'd like to say that h
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Born into a family of thieves, 15-year-old Katarina Bishop has gone rogue: sort of. She no longer steals for profit. Instead, she steals to right wrongs, mostly by way of repossessing artwork that the Nazis stole during WWII and returning it to the rightful owner. (Or the rightful owner's descendants.)
She's been taking bigger and bigger chances, doing jobs alone, refusing helpâeven from the mysterious (and very attractive) rich-boy-turned-thief W.W. Haleâand her friends are getting understandably worried.
When she's approached by the old woman whose family was cheated out of the fame and fortune that should have come from their discovery of Cleopatra's tomb, she makes a risky decision: To steal the world-famous Cleopatra emerald.
Problem #1: It's cursed. Since it was discovered, every job that's ever been planned around it has gone wrong.
Problem #2: It's forbidden. Off-limits. Her Uncle Eddie red-flagged it years ago, and if he finds out what she's up to... well, it's an unforgivable offense, and being cursed by the last of the pharaohs is NOTHING to being on Uncle Eddie's bad list.
Like Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals is a fun, funny, cotton-candy-bathtub-book of a read. However! It's unusual, but this is a case in which I enjoyed the sequel much more than the original.
Uncommon Criminals is a stronger book than Heist Society, period. While Heist Society relied on TELLing and infodumps to Set the Stage, Uncommon Criminals didn't. True, that was partly because the storyline had already been set in place in Book One, but it was mostly because the comparable section in this bookâthe part at the beginning where Carter reminds old readers What Is What and gets new readers up to speedâwas handled much more gracefully. So that was really nice to see, and much more enjoyable to read. Recommended to the usual suspects: fans of the Gallagher Girls and chick-lit-ish mysteries.
Heist Society is going to be a movie, and I think it'll translate really well to screenâthough after reading this one, I think it might be even more fun as a CW series. Now that Kat is doing the Robin Hood thing, it's basically Leverage with teenagers.
And we all know how much fun Leverage is.
(OH MY GOD! They could have a network crossover and have the Heist Society crew team up with the Leverage crew! If, you know, Heist Society was a show. No, this isn't just because I'd like more opportunities to see Eliot beat people up. I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. LA LA LA LA LA.)
Book source: ILLed through my library.