Thursday, March 21, 2013

E-Only Spotlight: Double Crossed by Ally Carter

Today, we're spotlighting another example of  e-only content. Today Jennie reviews an extra story from Ally Carter, author of The Gallagher Girls series and Heist Society. This one is a little stranger for us because we were not able to add it to our collection, but it’s free on Kindle and Nook. Or at this official website:
Double Crossed by Ally Carter
I’m a huge fan of Ally Carter. I’m very excited for that the 3rd Heist Society novel, Perfect Scoundrels, came out on February 5th, but I’m pretty far down on the holds list. What’s a fan to do? Read this very fun 50-page story that Ally Carter has made available for free! Even better? It’s a crossover between Heist Society and Gallagher Girls.

Macey is not happy when she has to go to a fancy party with her parents—she has better things to do with her time. Then, she sees a handsome guy who’s not won over by her charms. She’s even more intrigued when she sees him steal the Mayor’s cell phone.

Hale is bored and doesn’t really want to be at the party either. Until he sees a vapid society girl whose eyes are a little too alert, and has seemed to make a point of knowing where all the exits are.

It’s a good thing they’re both there, though, because then shots ring out, masked men with big guns come in, and the party is over, but the guests can’t leave.

Not only is it really interesting to see characters from different books come together, but they complement each other so well. Hale thinks like a thief, and can understand the thug’s motivations and movements. Macey thinks like a spy and can figure out how to stop them. Between the two of them, these guys don’t stand a chance. Especially because they both have friends on the outside.

While parts of the plot reminded me a bit of Die Hard, it’s great fun.  It’s a nice change of pace that there’s no romantic spark between Macey and Hale. It was also good to see them without their friends. We do get a bit of Kat and Abby, but it’s mainly just the two of them. They aren’t the leaders of their groups, so we don’t know that much about their motivations—Gallagher Girls is narrated by Cammie and Heist Society tends to stick to Kat’s actions and thoughts. But, here we get to see them on their own, which gives a different perspective to their characters.

Alas, it’s only about 50 pages long. Just enough to hold you over until your spot on the holds list comes up, or until Carter writes an entire Spies and Thieves cross-over novel (hey, we can dream, right?)

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