Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summer Hiatus Review - Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Danielle and her mother steal antique silver from rich families across the USA for their living. It's all Dani has ever known and it is what she has based her life around. And for the most part, she hasn't had a problem with it. But when she and her mom move to a small ocean-side town called Heaven, Dani is given a taste of what her life might be if she were actually able to stay in one spot for a while. She could have friends, a school life, people who care about her, and most importantly, she would feel secure. But when she realizes that her new friend lives in the home that she and her mom are targeting for their next burglary and that that cute guy that she's been flirting with is a cop, she wants that perfect carefree life more than ever. Will Dani be able to convince her mom to give up the life she's always known for a chance at normalcy or will stealing what everyone else has to provide for herself be the way Dani will be forced to live for the rest of her life?

I loved this book! I had heard tons of good things about it, and it definitely did not disappoint. I think that Elizabeth Scott's novels just keep getting better and better. I've read all of them so far I think and I've liked all of them a ton so I'm really glad that Stealing Heaven was able to keep up that good-ness streak for me. I really liked how all of the characters were really in depth and relatable. The story put a girl whom we could all think of ourselves as being into a situation that none of us could imagine being in. I think the author portrayed the most normal and sincere teen girl in a beautiful way. You could see all the things that she was feeling and going through as she was put into many different situations. I also adored the character of Greg. Seriously though, what's with all of the perfect and utterly unreal guy characters?! It just makes me ache whenever I read about these flawless guys, the likes of which I believe do not exist in the real world. Even though Greg's character was realisticly unattainable, you can't help but love guys like him anyways. I think the thing I liked the best about the book though was the whole flow of the writing. Nothing was rushed and the story moved at a perfect pace. I loved being able to read about the events through Dani's eyes and I think that if the book hadn't been narrated by her it wouldn't have been as good just because she had such a fluid and relatable voice. I think the only teeny thing that bothered me was that in the end, the issue that Dani and Allison had with each other wasn't wrapped up like I would have liked it to have been. Other than that, Stealing Heaven was perfect; from the beginning sentences to the adorable ending. It's a perfect summer read.

11 comments:

  1. It sounds like a great summer read. :)

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    Because I changed it to that. Thank you!

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, but it's not in my local bookstore... I guess I'll have to see if my library has it.

    Great review! I've only read one Elizabeth Scott novel (the upcoming Living Dead Girl), and I really want to read more!

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  4. This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the review!

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  5. I'm running out of money to buy books1 You're making it very hard to be responsible. Maybe I can beg my friends for some early birthday presents XD.

    ylin.0621[at]yahoo.com

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  6. Definitely something to pick up while at the library.

    linda9510 at gmail dot com

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  7. So true - where are all those flawless guys?! Mars?!

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  8. I would definitely love to read this book! It sounds so amazing.

    aimme21 at yahoo dot com

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  9. It sounds heavenly. Ha, bad pun sorry.

    m_christina15@yahoo.com

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  10. Now I want to read this book really badly!!! It's a unique idea for a book and it does sound like the characters are 3-dimensional.

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  11. Nice review. this does sound like a really good book. i'm glad the main character is realistic and relateable. that's always great.

    but honestly! I SOOO agree. I want all the literary boys...the ones in real life just don't compare.

    -Lauren

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