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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
This was a great novella that was filled with loads of action despite the number of pages. I loved the description and the stroyline was quick, simple to understand and get lost in. I wish there was more!
The novella had was a great cross over between Gallagher Girls and Heist Society which I loved and even though I have only read the Gallagher Girls series it didn't effect the reading experience. I will definitely be checking out Heist Society sooner than I expected though (they've been on my wish list for a while).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
great book, so good to see characters from both series involved. And a good plot too. I really enjoyed reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
Having been a big fan of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls I had tried Heist Society and hadn't got on with it so when i heard about this novella i was a bit apprehensive. However i loved it and didn't want it to end, the fact that i didn't really know the characters from HS wasn't a problem. I would love another book like this from Ally, i'm gutted there is only one more GG book to go. Must give Heist Society another go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
New York's charity balls mean boredom for Macey, daughter of a senator. At the latest one however, while she's staving off tedium by putting her security training to work, she spots an unknown young man pickpocketing the Mayor. Intrigued, she follows him and learns that he's also wealthy.... so why did he steal a cellphone?

DOUBLE CROSSED is in the 'Spies and Thieves' series about teenagers with special security training. The charity ball is crashed by gunmen who herd the dancers together and force them to surrender their phones and portable wealth. Macey and her curious new acquaintance Hale watch - but Hale is in secret communication with someone outside, Kat. Managing to leave the hostages, the pair hurry down empty corridors and eavesdrop on a few of the terrorists who aim to bypass an apartment security system. Kat has been used in the thieving game many times in her fifteen years, and when Macey's security teacher makes contact with her they swap information. Mrs. Calloway's yellow diamond is the main target, and the intruders don't care that blowing the safe open will rupture gas lines and endanger everyone.

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a school in which genius girls are allowed to develop unusual talents and encouraged to work to good purpose. With lessons in advanced encryption and fourteen languages, the girls are being pushed towards being spies. I did think that Macey could do with a lesson in staying unnoticed, as she shows off both verbally and physically to an unknown young man the minute she meets him. But it is hard for teenagers not to demonstrate their abilities. Certainly it's extremely positive to see young adult books in which intelligence and learning self-defence are supported, not just field sporting ability or beauty enhancements.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2013
An absolute must for all Ally Carter fans, whether you're a Gallagher Girl or a would-be member of the Heist Society. Al the usual brilliance from the author, completely free!
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on 16 November 2013
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Double Crossed is a novella that joins together Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series and Heist Society. I have not read either of these series however after reading this book, i am very tempted.

Double Crossed takes place over one event that is happening at a society gala that both Macey McHenry and W.W. Hale V are attending. However they seem slightly different from the rest of the part goers. For one Macey takes note of all the exits and guards as soon as she enters the room, she also notices Hale slipping his hand into the mayors pocket. However soon realises that the phone he had taken was replaced almost immediately. When the room is held hostage by a group of thugs Macey and Hale realise that they could possibly be of use to one another. Macey attends a special school for girls that seem's to have taught her more than just normal lessons and Hale reveals his con man ways, can the two that would normally be on the opposite ends of this situation work together to ensure their parents and the other high society member's safety?

This novella was extremely enjoyable and has definitely piqued my interest in both the series. Macey seem very bored with the whole gala and this hostage situation was definitely one way to spice it up! It was interesting to see the plan that Macey and Hale were working on and the way it changed when something caused it to fail. If you like `spy' books or books with `heists' in then this is definitely worth checking out :)

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2013
I know that this book was amazing! I couldn't stop reading. But...

The one reason why I only gave this book four stars is because it was too short! (Hardly any of the story is outside the building!) And it only has one idea, you didn't tell us, the readers, that the men where coming but obviously Hale and Macey did, so there is no real build-up.
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on 8 September 2013
I have not read any book in either the Gallagher Girls or Heist Society prior to reading this novella, so I'm going to review this as a stand alone.
Even though it's part or two series it works perfectly as a stand alone, could be because I've read the synopsis for both Heist Society and Gallagher Girls #1 and had some background info. Or maybe not.

The very short introduction of the setting and our two main characters is just enough to get the gist of who they are and what they do. Then they're thrown straight in to action.
This is a good and easy read that's perfect for when you feel the urge to read and get a little adrenalin runnin' but don't have very much time. It's well written and highly enjoyable. However, you might get more out of it if you have read anything in the Heist Society and/or Gallagher Girls series beforehand.
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on 12 March 2013
Fabulously written crossover of characters from both series of books by Ally Carter. Gave an insight into the world beyond the walls of the Gallagher Academy, and also an insight into Hale's life with his family. It was nice to see the focus off the main characters from each series, and see Macey's cover in action. It was also interesting to see how they reacted to one another, especially as we rarely see interactions such as these. Excellent little story, well worth the read if you're a fan of Ally Carter's work.
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on 10 April 2013
Ally Carter has never failed me before, so me expectations were very high, and, boy, she didn't disappoint. The interweaving of her two series was amazing! I loved how the characters responded to each other and how she created an environmental context that both would be familiar with and comfortable in (Although, Kat, being at a delicate stage in her development, was a little less calm...). I don't want to spoil anything, but, as usual, Ally has really delivered. I cannot tell you how much I love this woman.
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