Friday, May 20, 2011

Review: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: June 1st, 2008
IBSN: 9780061122804

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best there is—her mother. They never stay in one place long enough for Dani to have real connections, real friends—a real life.
But in the town of Heaven, everything changes. Suddenly, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted.

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

Stealing Heaven's unique premise caught my attention. Danielle and her mother are thieves. They make their living by taking others'. They pick a target, research them, burgle them, and then skip town. Danielle will do anything for her mother, but at the same time, all she wants is to settle down somewhere.

Danielle was a relatable, likeable, three-dimensional character. She was constantly conflicted between doing what her mother wanted and what she wanted. She was also wry and sarcastic, and kind of standoffish. I liked how realistic she was.

Her love interest, Greg, is now one of my favorite guys from a book ever. He was funny, not-perfect-looking (does anyone else get turned off by guys in books who are perfect?), and sweet.

Elizabeth Scott's writing was, as always, a pleasure to read. Her style is light, humorous, and sweet. Her books have their serious moments, sure, but the bantering scenes between the protagonist and the love interest always steal the show.

I give Stealing Heaven a 4 out of 5.