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Double Crossed – A Spies and Thieves Story

Author: Ally Carter
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Free ebook

The Story

Double CrossedFrom Ally Carter‘s website:

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?
There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

The Response

I am obsessed with Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls. In my opinion, one can simply not read enough about them. And while I’m extremely disappointed that the next book is going to be the last, I absolutely cannot wait to get my grubby little hands on it!

So, when I heard that Ally Carter released a free ebook that was a crossover between the Gallagher Girls series and the Heist Society, I was ecstatic. Love that I got more of a chance to spend time in the lovely world of Carter’s books. Huzzah huzzah!

This novella was absolutely adorable. You don’t have to be familiar with both series – it could act as a great introduction to one, the other, or even both. It’s really well paced (action almost right from the beginning) and doesn’t give anything away about specific plots of either series, and gives you a taste of what you would be able to experience with both.

I will admit that I hadn’t enjoyed the first book in Carter’s Heist series nearly as much as I adore the Gallagher Girls books. After reading this though, I am more than willing to revisit the series again. Especially if they’re taking place in the same universe. (Seriously how cool is that?) I think Kat just really hadn’t done anything for me, so the fact that this book really just focused on Hale, and Kat was a minor character, was what made this so much more enjoyable and the concept of the series as a whole appeals to me so much more now.

What really worked for this was the fact that two totally different groups of people, who would probably typically not see eye to eye, have to work together to get through a sticky situation. Who would ever thing that secret agents, who normally seem to fight for good stuff (well, except that group that’s after Cammie…) are teamed up with people who would steal the Mona Lisa if the opportunity arose. It just seems that they could often be on the opposite sides of the spectrum, and here they’re fighting together to save the day! Oh what fun!

My one disappointment was that Joe Solomon wasn’t there. I suppose it only makes sense that not every single character from both series would actually be around, but… he really makes me swoon. So there’s that.

The Bottom Line

Oh yay more Gallagher Girls! Oh yay! Fun fun fun! Highly recommended to fans of either of Carter’s YA series’.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 10:42 am February 18, 2013.
Category: Young Adult
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  • http://faustisbookquest.blogspot.com jmfausti

    I am a fan of the Gallagher Girls books, and I even enjoyed the first Heist Society book. I definitely have to read the crossover story. I’m pretty sure I downloaded it onto my nook a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for posting such a great review. It’s just the push I need to open that story up and enjoy a little time in Ms. Carter’s world.