The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter ~ A Book Review

Interested in a quick and entertaining read? Check out this holiday novella by Ally Carter, one of the current best YA writers. The Grift of the Magi will get you ready for the holiday season.

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Up for some holiday thievery? Ally Carter surprised her fans with this Heist Society Christmas novella. Kat and her crew are back in this highly entertaining adventure.

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The Heist Society series is about a teen girl that grows up in the family thieves. She makes the decision to use her thievery for a good cause though - to steal back stolen works of art and return them to their rightful owner. Kat, along with her crew of teen art thieves, right wrongs across Europe and the Americas, with some stumbling blocks along the way.

The last book in the Heist Society series came out in 2013 and fans were left wanting more stories of Kat and handsome Hale. Then on November 2nd this year Ally Carter surprised her social media followers by posting a picture of some text of her Super Secret Project #2. Her fans knew right away that it was going to be diving back into the Heist Society world. Two weeks later The Grift of the Magi come out!

Now let's move on to what you are here for, finding out about The Grift of the Magi.

The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter

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The Grift of the Magi is a novella, meaning it is half the size of a regular book. Because of that, this book is only available as an ebook. You don't have to have a Kindle to read it though. You can download the app onto your smart phone or tablet and read it through there. Ally told her fans that to print a paper book, they would have to charge around $11 and she didn't want her fans to pay that much for such a short book.
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The Grift of the Magi Synopsis

Kat is a thief. She uses her skills to return stolen works of art to their original owner. She's still a thief. That is why she is surprised when an Interpol agent turns up in her house asking for help solving a crime and saving Christmas.

A Faberge egg has been stolen from a charity that was going to auction it off to help impoverished children and families in London. It's up to Kat and company to steal it back and save the reputation of the charity.

The Grift of the Magi Book Review

It was so nice to see Kat and all the characters from the previous books. Ally Carter does a wonderful job weaving a story that keeps you thinking and surprised. This book draws you in from the first page, the mystery winds back and forth where you don't expect, and the surprising end wraps everything up.

While the mystery of the book keeps you guessing and is fun, I just love the relationships between the characters. There is Kat, our teen thief with a conscience who cares deeply about her friends and family. She is trying to find a balance to her life between her want to be normal and knowing that she will never fully leave the family business behind. Then there is Gabrielle who is gorgeous and somewhat manipulative, but she's the girl that is there for Kat to talk to and clue her into romantic relationships. Gabrielle isn't just a pretty face, she's smart and trying to work things out with her mom. Next is the Bagshaw brothers - they are just too funny and troublesome, but they will do anything that Kat asks. Don't forget Hale, the handsome and rich boy that Kat "stole" from his normal and lonely life who is making a place for himself in the thieving business and Kat's heart.

I loved this novella and am so glad we got to glimpse Kat, Hale, and friends again. My only complaint was that it definitely left me wanting more. What is Kat going to get up to next? It's so hard as a reader when our favorite characters story comes to an end. Thankfully we can reread our favorite series and enjoy the adventure all over again!

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