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Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series
on 27 November 2014
I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions as part of their book blast in return for a fair and honest review.
I'll start with Kayli - she's a pickpocket with a conscience. She only takes from people that can defend themselves (no little old ladies) and even then will only take some money before making sure the wallet is found and returned to the owners. So when she is trapped after failing to make her 'mark', she panics and runs. This is a theme for Kayli which you will have to get used to reading about because she does it quite a bit.
As for the guys, well, they're quite a team. We have Axel who's the boss although everyone takes orders and directions from Marc, the blue/green eyed one. Then there's Raven, the 'professional' Russian as he calls himself. The twins, Brandon with the sad eyes and Corey, the cute nerd. There is also Kevin but he only really gets a mention at the start and end of the book.
Now I went into this book blind as I haven't read anything by C.L. Stone before and know nothing about her other Academy series. Now that I've finished this book, I will admit to now wanting to read the other books, if only to give myself a better idea of who or what the Academy is. Because I don't really know, most of plot line involving Blake Coaltar was spent completely alongside Kayli as I also had no idea of what was happening, why they were checking him out etc.
The one thing I will say that is both a positive and negative thing is that Kayli liplocks with pretty much everyone. I think the only two out of the team that she hasn't kissed is Kevin (because he wasn't there) and Corey. She even kisses the guy that she was supposed to be watching and thinks might be a bad guy. So there's no insta-love which is positive but I was also getting whiplash from her going from to the other so quickly.
On the whole, this book was really enjoyable with some brilliant humorous parts. The plot was twisty and the pace was steady. I think if you have read any of C.L. Stone's work before, particularly the other Academy series, you will love this one.