Saturday, 28 January 2012

#52 Book Review: Pretty Crooked

Pretty Crooked [ARC]
Release Date: March 13th 2012
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher for review via NetGalley
Format: E-book
Where to Buy: Amazon & The Book Depository
More Info: Goodreads

Summary from Goodreads:
Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

My review:

The cover is so cute and totally reflects the story of the book! I like how the model in the cover seems to be running away after stealing, how there's cash flying away from the bag and the cute high heels! 

4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!

What if you have the power to change the social order in your stealing?

Willa is a new student in Valley Prep. She is already introduced to the Glitterati on her first day and actually hangs out with them. But when she realizes that not all students are having the same luxorious lives as these girls, Willa decided to do something. Something to change the social order and she decided to do it by stealing from the rich ones and giving it to the scholarship girls who are struggling with inadequate funds for school and life. What she did not know was a little complication, falling for guy called Aidan Murphy, the popular guy of Valley Prep. Can Willa succeed in becoming the new Robin Hood for Valley Prep?

I never actually thought I would enjoy this book a lot! I really enjoyed reading the re-telling of Robin Hood in this story. I can actually feel myself living the life of Willa and going to school in Valley Prep. Reading about Willa's attempts to learn the skills of 'thievery' until she finally succeeds in doing it, her mom's mysterious relationship with a man and her crush on Aidan makes this book an interesting and fun read! Although there wasn't much romance as I thought it would be based on reading the summary before starting the book, I still loved the relationship between Willa and Aidan! The ending contains a mystery I'm really curious and this makes me dying to read the second book already!

Willa the Sly Fox, you're my newest Robin Hood! While doing your 'thievery', can you please get me some books? Who knows one of the houses you visit have lots of books! Preferable YA of course! ;) I really loved Willa's character. Even though she almost got carried away with the Glitterati in shopping branded clothes, she decided to serve justice for the scholarship students who are unlike the Glitterati by stealing! This makes me Willa so awesome. I love reading about how she finally learns the skills needed to commit thievery and how she finally uses it to steal different things from the Glitterati. She was such a fun character to read! Aidan definitely makes this book even better to read. He was an unexpectedly sweet and funny character who actually had a crush on Willa too! It was great that we also get to read the wonderful relationship between Willa and her mom plus Willa and her friends too! Gosh, I love all the characters. I wish I can steal them for myself. But not the Glitterati. They are so out of the list! :P


Robin Hood meets The Cliques! Pretty Crooked is a fun and light read you will enjoy! Do you want to know how a Robin Hood steals in this modern era? Read this book and find out about Willa the Sly Fox plus meet the cute Aidan! This is a 2012 debut you don't want to miss! 

5 Forget-me-not flowers for Pretty Crooked!
   Thank you to HarperCollins via NetGalley for the review copy!

By the way, you guys might want to check your bags. While reading this review, Willa might have already taken something from you! ;P


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