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Death Prefers Blondes

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security cameras and armed guards, pulling off high-stakes cat burglaries with a team of flamboyant young men. In and out of disguise, she’s in all the headlines.

But then Margo’s personal life takes a sudden, da
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Caleb Roehrig
Mar 11, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I'm really going to have to finish writing this now

EDITED TO ADD: I have finished writing it
Rupaul's Drag Race meets Ocean's 8 in Caleb Roehrig's upcoming Death Prefers Blondes . This upcoming YA novel was really fun to read, folks. The non-stop action at times was slightly overwhelming, but overall Death Prefers Blondes is a fun, fast-paced, multidimensional read, that will be perfect for those seeking a light mystery with a little flair.


I'm not going to dive into the plot with this review, because I feel like it's best to go in with no expectations. Margo Manning, the protagonist
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the
Rachel Strolle
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oceans 8 meets Hamlet with drag queens

Different from Caleb's other books but absolutely a WILD ride and a fantastic epic of heists, revenge, and queer teens taking control where there is none to be found

Extremely fun and successful at everything it's aiming for - definitely going to be my #1 rec for people who ask for books like Ocean's 11 or 8, which is actually a really common request.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heist-y book with drag queens, I’m here for it.

I liked Margo and her friends. They’re smart and fierce af and absolutely loyal to each other. I enjoyed getting their own stories and that everyone had a specific and different reason for participating. And hooray for all of the representation: queer, bi, non-binary, and POC characters.

Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle at first. It took some time to get invested in what was happening, but once I was in, I was 100% in. This book starts off w
Jay G
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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Margo Manning lives a double life. By day, she is a teenage socialite with a reputation for trouble. But by night, with the help of four Drag Queens, she pulls off some of the toughest heists imaginable. But, when bad news regarding Margo's personal life comes to light and a jo
So good!!!! This took me a while to read because of my general reading slump but I really did love this. The twists had me genuinely shocked and I honestly love heists so there's nothing to even dislike in this one. All the characters were great and I just loved it.
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
That's hair-cist
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is making the rounds right now, and I keep seeing a bunch of the same comparisons. It's a little RuPaul's Drag Race, a little Ocean's 11/8, a little Hamlet, and a little Bling Ring, and I say, YES! to all of it.

• Pro: I say this EVERY time I finish a Roehrig book. He does such an amazing job blending a myriad of different story elements. This book was a mystery, but it also had a little romance, a bunch of action, lots of family drama, and most importantly, a fantastic friendship.

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Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coming-soon-19
A fantastic heist-filled rollercoaster with plenty of tricky plans and family drama. And romance. And world travel. And cool tricks. Caleb Roehrig is really growing as an author, each of his books getting better and better than the last.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Margo Manning is a teenage socialite who acts like Lindsay Lohan by day and James Bond by night. To most people she’s just another useless spoiled and entitled rich kid. But what only a select few know is that Margo is also a thief—and a damn good one. She may have started small, just looking for something to distract her from the monotony of her privileged (but somehow dull) life. But now, with help from a small crew of friends—who all happen to be drag queens—she’s pulling off big jobs, steali ...more
I had positives and negatives about this book (including what I felt was a pretty major plothole), but for the most part, I really enjoyed this and thought it delivered what I was expecting from it.
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Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
So many stereotypes, so little time. Death Prefers Blondes is yet another promising premise failing to live up to its potential. There are a few things that are great about this book but they aren’t enough to lift it out of the morass. Drag queens, socialites, robbery, and revenge should be a winning combination, a fresh twist on a tired genre, but Roehrig fails to deliver. Switching POV from one paragraph to the next is only one of several major faults in this work, jarring the reader out of th ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Modern genderbent Hamlet retelling with heists and drag queens? Yes please.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is fabulous from start to finish, and it's exactly what I hoped for (and more)! There's a diverse, all-queer cast of characters, all of which have a clearly developed back story, and the plot itself is incredibly well-paced. I was expecting this to be a fun action-packed story (Ocean's 8 meets RuPaul's Drag Race is NOT overselling it, I promise!), but there was plenty of emotional depth as well. I could hardly put it down! I'm really rooting for a sequel here!!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
more Caleb Roehrig. that's all I need to know.
kelly {BookCrushin}
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-release
Unabashedly queer and diverse, full of the importance of found familes, and a little bit about stealing from the rich to give to the poor!

Death Prefer Blondes was a hell of a ride! Drag queens, art heists, found families, and of course some drama. The high stakes, and thrilling adventure is reason enough to read, but the exploration of themes of finding yourself within your community and being accepted for who you are and not just who your parents might have been really seal the deal.

Ok l
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-own, arc
FINISHED: 1/24/19

Thank you to Macmillan for an advanced reading copy! I was a big fan of Caleb’s White Rabbit (I’m still meaning to read Last Seen Leaving), so Death Prefers Blondes was something I’ve been looking forward to. And, I mean, with a title like that, who isn’t intrigued?! This one took a while for me to get immersed in, and I think that’s because it’s plot driven, whereas Caleb’s other novels are debatably character driven. The characters in DPB are all extremely colorful and diverse
Jamie Canaves
If Robin Hood Were A Rich Teen Girl With A Crew Of Drag Queens! (TW addiction)

This novel is a heist thriller with a murder mystery starring Robin Hood–if Robin Hood were a rich teenage girl with a crew of drag queens. I adored it! Margo Manning is a socialite whose father has more money then a person can spend in a lifetime so naturally she steals from the rich. And I mean she has a full-on operation with a fence, and help with gadgets, and a crew of teenage drag queens. The heist scenes are kic
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need to write a full review, but for now: OMG

Updated Review:

Caleb Roehrig’s Death Prefers Blondes is a fantastic foray into the world of sophisticated crimes–all committed by teenagers. Margo Manning is well known for who her father is, the CEO of Manning Corporation. But Margo Manning’s crimes are well known too–from art theft to jewel heists.

While Margo is rich, she has reasons for what she does: namely, Axel, Joaquin, Leif, and Davon also known by their drag queen names: Liesl Von Tramp, A
I was immediately hooked at the premise of a heist novel starring teenage drag queens, and it only went up from there.

There's love, sex, violence, friendship, redemption, and huge helpings of both snark and bonding. If you're looking for a fast-paced wild ride of a novel--look no further.

I received an advance copy from the publisher for review consideration.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun and funny heist story. Unfortunately, this does get a bit lengthy and the book suffers as a result.

I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however all opinions are my own.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank goodness I am finally done with this. If you like heist novels and are okay with not knowing what is happening for the first quarter of the book, you might like this. I had such a hard time connecting to this novel. I did not like the characters at all in the beginning and by the end they were just fine-ish. I am not sure if this is due to the fact that I read an eARC, but we would just switch points of view in the middle of chapters, with no warning. There were no indications that we swit ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I very rarely read books written by men, but Caleb Roehrig has been a favorite since his first book. I’ll read anything by him and probably enjoy it. I more than enjoyed this, I loved it. It was so tense and exciting and fun and emotional. And gay. And diverse. While some of it stretched my suspension of disbelief a little, it was easy enough to ignore because reading about drag queens stealing priceless works of art and jewels and taking down fully armed guards is just so good.
Adam Sass
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This. Was. So. Exciting. Bored teen socialite Margo gets her bb drag queen friends together to protect her family's company from a literal Bond villain. It's elegant spy fiction for young readers. All the fabulous globe-hopping Margo does, and the book is essentially a love letter to the city of Los Angeles. I want to reread this by pool in an enormous, bejeweled pair of sunglasses!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
We'll be discussing this on our next episode of the YA Cafe podcast!
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
lright y’all. I want you to buy this book. Like, I REALLY want you to buy this book. Why? Because it’s a fast paced, action-packed, amazingly crafted and wonderfully written story. Also it’s got lots of diverse rep. Sexualities across the LGBT+ spectrum, as well POC main and side characters. I can’t speak on the accuracy of all of this representation as I am merely a wee demisexual + white. So look out for OV reviews for takes on that. As for the rest of the book, here are my thoughts:

I breezed
Phil Stamper
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has so much heart. The whole cast is BEAUTIFUL and QUEER—I love every single character. AND none of the storylines are about queer pain. He also honors origins of drag & the kickass trans WOC who paved the way. So much care and thought was put into every page of this book and it shows.

There's so much action and drama—I never wanted it to end. 😭
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book! The constant action kept me reading all hours of the day and night. The quirky unique characters were so wonderful and I found myself attached to each one and wanting to get to know them better. While this is a fun read, it has serious issues as well and really endeared me to each of the characters even more. Fabulous read with a great range of diverse characters!
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Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and ...more
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