Short Review: Ally Carter – Doubles Crossed & Katie McGarry – Red at Night

Since I am a little behind with reviews and a little slow with the writing process, I decided to write a short review on these two novellas in attempt to catch up with all that is still piling up. 🙂

Ally Carter – Double Crossed

Double Crossed

publisher: Orchard Books
published 2013
pages: 89

Book (English)


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)

My Opinion:

Narrative: This cross-over between two story worlds created by the author was an enjoyable and fun read. A high society event gets hijacked and the Heist Society as well as the Gallagher Girls need to work together to save the day. It was exiting, fast-paced, and suspenseful.

Characters: The characters were likable and independent, they worked well together, yet had enough tension to keep it interesting. The sidekicks were quite fun and the references that were made about other characters not present in the story made me want to read the other books.

Writing: Fluent, fast-paced, fluffy, detailed enough for me to follow, yet not to detailed to slow down the story.

Bottom Line:

An entertaining read. Although this was a cross-over of two established worlds already, I never felt like I was missing something, yet I am sure I might have missed a lot.


rating 4

Katie McGarry – Red at Night


publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
published 2014
pages: 84

Book (English)


In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He’s a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favorite refuge…the local cemetery.
Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah’s friends. Once he’s sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won’t have time for her anymore. Too bad she’s already fallen for him…. (Amazon)

My Opinion:

Narrative: Boy meets weird girl. Boy is popular. Boy can only talk to the outsider girl. They fall in love. They need each other. Outside world does not understand that and so on and so forth. It was a nice story and a good read, but not breathtaking.

Characters: They were both likeable but that is really all I remember.

Writing: Fluent writing that drew me in.

Bottom Line:

A nice and good story but nothing that kept me awake at night.


rating 3


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