Mini Reviews: Free Ebooks by Stephanie Morrill and Ally Carter

 

Available free from spiesandthieves.com

 

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.” Goodreads Description

NB: I strongly recommend reading this after the first two Heist Society books.

This free crossover novella by Ally Carter will not enhance the plot of either the Gallagher Girls or the Heist Society series (at least, not in the currently released books anyway), but it is still worth a read. Any Ally Carter fan will lap this up, although it doesn’t really affect the main plots. It does contain a spoiler for Heist Society 2 though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’d like to read it in order, it comes between Gallagher Girls 5 and 6; and between Heist Society 2 and 3.

Firstly, I was disappointed that the novella revolved mostly around Heist Society. It was nice to see Macey get some of the limelight, but I was hoping to see all the Gallagher Girls meet Kat and her crew. Someone else from Gallagher Girls makes an appearance though. So I was a bit miffed about that, but the book itself was good.

Secondly. the plot was fast and exciting, and had just as many twists and just as much action as the full-length books. The two sets of characters were combined effortlessly and everything felt very natural. The two worlds collided very naturally and it was very well-done.

If you love Ally Carter, you should read this.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Available free from stephaniemorrill.com

“By now Abbie Hoyt should be used to not fitting in. She hasn’t since she got pregnant at fifteen. But five years later, as her son begins kindergarten, Abbie wrestles anew with where she does—and doesn’t—belong. It’s not with her old high school friends, who are partying their way through college. Or with the other mothers at Owen’s school. They look at her like she carries some kind of disease. Abbie’s not even sure she fits into her sister’s life now that Skylar is getting married.

When wedding festivities throw Abbie back into the company of her ex-boyfriend, Chris Ross, the questions only get worse. Maybe Chris still loves her like she loves him, but what college-age guy wants to be saddled with a five-year-old? And how selfish would she be to ask that of him?

Abbie is used to the world throwing stones—she knows how to protect herself. But can she figure out how to open up and trust again before she throws away a chance at happiness…for good?” Goodreads Description

This novella is from the Skylar Hoyt and Ellie Sweet series’ by Stephanie Morrill. It centres around Abbie Hoyt, Skylar’s younger sister.

I haven’t actually read any other Stephanie Morrill books, so I can’t tell you how spoilery the novella is. It didn’t inspire me to read any more from that author, although about two-thirds of the way through, when I realised why it was called Throwing Stones, I had one of those “Omg that’s beautiful!” moments.

I liked the writing, and I loved Abbie. If the author ever wrote a series with Abbie as the main character, I would read it. All the other characters felt a bit flat to me. I didn’t care enough what happened to them. I also didn’t like the way it ended with Lance – it felt too much of an easy cop-out, which even with a tight word count shouldn’t happen.

In the end, I would say give it a go. Even if only for that part where you work out why it’s called what’s it’s called. That was a beautiful part and very relevant to me personally.

Die-hard Skylar Hoyt fans would also love it.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

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