This was such a cute summer read full of wanderlust, self-searching, awkward moments and a lot of cute kissing. I simply adored this book! Favorite paThis was such a cute summer read full of wanderlust, self-searching, awkward moments and a lot of cute kissing. I simply adored this book! Favorite part was, of couse, Sam, but the traveling aspect was definitely another favorite.
There is something very problematic about this book though that needs to be said. Unfortunately this happens a lot and it needs to end. [a huge spoiler ahead, please don't read if you don't want to be spoilerd] (view spoiler)[You see, there's a person of color here. A black history teacher who is an absolutely wonderful character, however it's extremely problematic when the one person of color in a white ensamble cast dies? And it didn't really further the plot in any way except give an abrupt, convenient ending for the whole trip because one of the cast members has passed away. It was done to further Aubree's character and used as a plot device which makes this completely unnecessary. It's a racist trope often used by white authors and it needs to stop. Please. This completely cancels our the wonderful character building of Mr. Felton's character and it makes absolutely no point whatsoever to have made him black if he was just going to die anyway; he could have been a white character and it wouldn't be so problematic, but unfortunately in this case it is, because things like this imply that the [nice] poc don't deserve to live whereas the white racist types (Hank, in this case) deserve to get a HEA (hide spoiler)]
The one thing I'd 100% be up for is a sequel or an epilogue novella/sneak-peek into the future to see what everyone is up to, especially Sam and Aubree <3["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 thisI 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. I'd also like to know more about these heist moves that are named by all these famous things like classic lit and whatnot, not just have heist names being thrown out there for two pages. I now basically gloss over them because they don't really have any point to them especially when it's not explained how that "trick" works.
As a whole though, I would totally recommend these books to everyone. While they aren't jumping ahead Gallagher Girls in my favorites list, they're certainly quick and entertaining reads that everyone should give a try to. Friendship, family, mystery, high stakes, traveling across the globe (mostly Europe though) and a spark of romance—these books have it all, except more kissing which would always be appreciated in Ally's books [though this installment does include its fair share of smooching here and there :)]. Nooooow, let's hope we really do get that fourth book, because I'd love to tag along for at least one more epic heist with this fantastic crew!
*you can see the graphic in HQ on my tumblr in a Heist Society graphic set here....more
I had heard amazing things about Sarra Manning’s books. They’re supposedly light, funny, romantic and adorable. I know that French Kiss isn’t her bestI had heard amazing things about Sarra Manning’s books. They’re supposedly light, funny, romantic and adorable. I know that French Kiss isn’t her best work, but that’s why I decided to read it with Jasprit [The Reader's Den]. What better way to start than not with the best work and move forward from there? Ok, it sounds a bit weird, but that’s what I thought. While French Kiss was quite light and definitely funny, it didn’t exactly sit right with me either.
“It wasn't like I'd woken up and decided to be a bitch, it was more like I'd woken up to find bitchiness thrust upon me.”
Let me tell you what I did like. I really enjoyed that t was written in a diary form which let us into Edie’s mind in a very intimate way. Yes, she came off as a little (ok, a lot) stalkerish at first, but she grew on me by the end and I really liked seeing her grow into a girl who spoke her mind and get a backbone that she was in desperate need of. The writing was humorous and kept me turning the pages. I also loved the scenery: England, France and a small part of the road trip to Paris and back. I have been to England, but haven’t been to France and all these books with French settings really make me want to go there someday. Another thing I enjoyed was the ending—all that followed the birthday kiss was just adorable and somewhat made up for the previous happenings. While I do appreciate a good amount of drama, I felt like I was watching an episode of Made in Chelsea on crack lol. Sometimes ‘the bigger the better’ just doesn’t quite hit the mark.
All the what-the-fuckery with Dylan. Does he have a personality disorder? Because that’s my best guess. I don’t really feel like I know Dylan at all and that may be the reason why I don’t understand his actions. He was a real douche to Edie most of the time, but I don’t know anything about his home situation, his past, his family—that’s the reason I’m judging him based on solely his actions and his actions are just beyond.. Idk. He made me so furious. He kissed Edie like no other (their kisses were hot and adorable, not gonna lie), but then in the next scene he acted like a real d-bag. I don’t get his deal and I certainly don’t approve his behavior. Perhaps he can grow, but I’ll believe it when see it. Also, he has mood swings worse than Adrian Ivashkov on his worst days and we all know that the handsome moroi has some grave issues. What’s Dylan’s problem? I have no clue. For now my opinion stays that Edie deserves better than a 19 year old guy who acts like a 5 year old spoiled girl.
All in all, I think it’s more suitable for 13 year olds than people who are over 20, because Jasprit and I definitely didn’t get the magic out of this one. While there were lots of things that I liked, I couldn’t look away from all the things that frustrated me, that being mainly Dylan, and I think my rating clearly shows that. I won’t give up on Manning. This was originally published in 2004 and things have changed a lot since then, plus Adorkable, which sits on my shelf as we speak, seems like a really good read so hopefully I’ll have better luck with that. Plus, there is Jasprit loving Manning's adult lit so... bring it on!
I remember listening to it last fall. I wasn't a fan. I thought that perhaps I didn't like the first one because it was in my native language and readI remember listening to it last fall. I wasn't a fan. I thought that perhaps I didn't like the first one because it was in my native language and reading PNR and fantasy books is pretty weird in my own language, but it wasn't that. I honestly didn't care for any of these characters. The plot was rather ridiculous to me and the narrator was annoying. She did great with intonations though, but I just wasn't a fan. Also, the MC is one of the most annoying MC-s I've had the displeasure to spend time with. I'm sorry if you're a fan, I mean, we all have different tastes and I'm not judging you, but this series just isn't for me. I tried.. I really did.
Having skimmed a sample of this many years ago (and not being really into the US covers; i'm really happy that my kindle copy downloaded with the UK cHaving skimmed a sample of this many years ago (and not being really into the US covers; i'm really happy that my kindle copy downloaded with the UK covers. I wonder if this is a Europe thing?), this series didn't really appeal to me even though I knew a lot of people who were absolutely extatic when the final book released 3 years ago. Well, none of them were as persistent on pushing this on me as Eri because let me tell you this book series is her legacy through and through and I'm so glad she didn't give up and pushed this a ton on our group of friends because I really, really loved this one!
The writing is a little hard to get used to at first, but I got used to it eventually. (Mostly). It becomes enjoyable and I laughed quite a bit. The characters are great and I'm so excited to get to know them better. The spy stuff is hella fun (why aren't these books movies yet????) and so is the plot. I hope we get to see super mysterious spy stuff later on in this series (which I'm thinking is the case, because they're spies in training to be field agents someday) and if so i can't wait for it. My fav part is the friendships and Cammie & Rachel's mother-daughter relationship (I already cried twice over them; yeaaaa i was told that the first two are fluffy but THERE IS NOTHING FLUFFY ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO STOP THE TEARS OKAY; it's MOSTLY fluffy though (◡‿◡✿)).
A few notes: I wish that we had been shown a bit more of Macey's shift into this group of friends; Cammie's narrative claims that there are "girls of all shapes and sizes and skin color" but Bex is the only canon girl mentioned with darker skin color (where are girls of Asian, Latin, Arabian origin?) and all the girls that have a bit more description about them are described as very lean and pretty (except Cammie but her opinion on herself is highly biased). So this is one thing I hope either disappears in claims or is developed, because saying that there are girls like this, but no actual proof? Eh. Plus showing/telling & representation are different things altogether. There was something else I wanted to mention but I can't remember.. Probably irrelevant then.
Anyhoooow, I really liked this and I can't wait to read more *retreats into reading cave with book 2*...more
26 sticky notes, countles teary moments and quite a few laughs later I can say that even Marchetta's debut is brilliant and magical just as her work p26 sticky notes, countles teary moments and quite a few laughs later I can say that even Marchetta's debut is brilliant and magical just as her work published after Alibrandi. This book highlights perfectly, with an authentic voice, how it feels to be an immigrant. There are so many notions and remarks about politics, cultural differences, general truths of life and more that fit well to describe life now when after almost a quarter of a century has passed.
I'd recommend Looking for Alibrandi for everyone who has had to deal with immigration, since they would most definitely relate to Josie's story, as well as anyone who would want to learn more about the emotional turmoil and struggles of it all; of what it means to be a part of traditions and deep-rooted culture that still hums in your blood and soul, and what it means to be confused about your place and yourself when you feel like you don't belong.
Beautifully, thoughtfully crafted, as always, Marchetta's ability to write the voice of a teenager in the search of oneself as well as showcasing complex, layered family dynamics and other types of relationships, this is yet another winner that's not to be missed!...more
Pffft. I probably should have written some notes for this one. I don't exactly remember a lot that went on in this book other than I hated the MC, BonPffft. I probably should have written some notes for this one. I don't exactly remember a lot that went on in this book other than I hated the MC, Bones was semi-entertaining, some scenes were hot and there's mild slut-shaming. I didn't hate it, but I can't remember anything except for some.. bar and a cave? Was that even in this book?? (This probably tells you the whole story behind my rating so I'm not going to bother with a full review. Sorry, this series just isn't for me.)
Original DNF review from 2012: Okay, I really don't know why I cannot bring myself to finish this book, because I do like it, but somehow I just have to force myself to choose to pick up "Halfway to the Grave" rather than the other books I want to read instead. I will finish it someday tho. Just not right now.