Thursday, October 24, 2013
Double Crossed by Ally Carter
This novella is book 2.5 in the Heist Society series and 5.5 in the Gallagher Girls series. I have read all three of the Heist Society books, but I have only read the first two GG books so far. I tweeted Ally to make sure I wouldn't encounter any spoilers since I do plan on completing the GG series. She said there could be a very minor spoiler, but I probably wouldn't recognize it as such. I couldn't wait any longer for another dose of Hale, so I decided to go ahead and read Double Crossed.
Macey and her parents are attending a party in New York along with the Hales. All of society's elite are in attendance, which is how the characters from Heist Society and GG cross paths.
This is a rather substantial story for a novella at about 45 pages. It contains completely new content, which is a major bonus. It seems like so many novellas simply retell a scene from another character's point of view. That is a nice way to share additional information about another character, but I found this to be far more enjoyable.
It was interesting to see how spies and thieves could work together in a time of need. They both have a unique skill set that complements each other very nicely. I would definitely read another Spies and Thieves story if Ally decides to write one in the future.
If you haven't read any of Ally's books, I really think you can read this short story to get a taste of her writing style and characters. There are minor references to events in her other books, but I wouldn't consider them spoilers. It is available for FREE at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.