Nov 30, 2012

Book Review of Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 27th, 2008
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: I own a copy of this book.

Blurb from Goodreads: 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--her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends--a real life.

In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani--because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known--or the one she's always wanted.
Review: Well, this went better than the last Elizabeth Scott book I read.  I do think it's time I pack it in with this author though and call it a day. We just aren't meshing well together. Stealing Heaven wasn't a bad book if you are looking for something cutesy, corny, and over the top. It is all of those things and more. Sometimes I don't mind books like that. Anyone that watches romantic comedies knows what I mean. This book is exactly like that but WAYYYYY overboard. To the point it's almost hard to suspend disbelief. Why? Because of some of the dialogue between Dani and Greg--the love interest.

Dani is a thief and Greg is a cop. She meets him in line for donuts. No, I am not kidding. The way the author describes him at first, he does not seem attractive at all. He has wonky hair, crooked teeth, and he speaks in an incredibly cheesy manner.

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So right from the very beginning I was not into this romance at all. Dani doesn't want anything to do with Greg because he is a cop and she knows her mother will kill her if she compromises their mission in this town. So this results in some incredibly ridiculous scenes in which Greg tries to find out her name and get her to go out with him etc. I mean the dialogue was utterly ridiculous. Nothing about this relationship was believable. They keep running into each other everywhere (because how often does that happen in real life?) until finally she realizes how charming and not ugly he is (I guess he never was but his descriptions are terrible) and agrees to go on a date with him. 

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Before I ruin the entire book for you, you should know it is also loaded with tons of angst, mother-daughter conflict (the mother is batshit crazy--but she's supposed to be), and has a very unsatisfying and abrupt ending. At the same time, I don't know how else it could have ended so I will have to just let that go. 

So why did I give it three stars if it seems like I hated it so much? Well, I didn't hate it. Not exactly. I am fully able to realize when I am just nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking and that may be the case here. Simply put, this book was just not for me. It didn't have much of a plot, and what it did have was all about the romance and there is a reason why I don't usually read romance novels. They rarely work for me. The writing was decent and I thought the book was okay, so this results in a 3-star rating from me. I can't really justify it. I should be giving it a two, but it wasn't THAT bad. It was just incredibly corny. 

And there you have it. Meh.

3/5 Dragons

So I am not sure if I would recommend this one, but I'm putting Amazon links anyway because...the book is really CHEAP. So if you want to buy it from Amazon, click the following: Stealing Heaven. At the time of this writing, the Kindle edition was only 5.69 and you can get the hardcover for 6.99. If you like lighthearted cheese-fests, you might like it. 




21 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the Heist Society by Ally Carter so I'm not sure any more "family of thieves" books could live up to that one.

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    1. I'm going to have to try that series, Cassi. I didn't think I would like those based on the blurbs, but now that I know YOU like them, I might have to try them out.

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  2. I love Elizabeth's books, but I think the reason I never read this one is because the blurb didn't appeal to me. It's not the kind of YA book I like to read. Thanks for the great review. Now I know not to bother with the book. :)

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    1. Yeah, I wouldn't. This author and I are just not a good match but I still want to try Living Dead Girl since I have heard it's totally different from her other books.

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  3. YAY! I'm so happy about this, because I almost bought this but I passed. Good life choice. This does not sound like a book I need to own.

    I tried to read an Elizabeth Scott book once and DNFed, so, based on this review, I think she might not be my cup of cocoa either, even though her books often sound and look very good.

    Dani and Greg are freaking me out. HOW OLD IS HE? This sounds creepy and no. Also, I do like when the guys aren't all the same, but ick. He could rock being not all that physically attractive, but he's also cheesy, so NO. Plus, I've seen cops and most of them have a way about them that just is not romance material in my head, though that's perhaps an unfair generalization.

    Nice use of gifs, dear. I'll be leaving this one be.

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    1. I've also DNFed one of her books. Almost two but I pushed through the one and ended up giving it two stars. They are just not for me.

      As for the cop thing, they can be young. Early 20s which really wouldn't be creepy at all considering she is 18. It was never really noted how old he was though.

      I think he WAS supposed to be physically attractive. It's just that his description was written really poorly.

      Thanks, Christina. :)

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  4. Haha!! I don't mind cutesy and even a bit cheesy, but when it is over the top it's too much for me. This sounds like a book that I would end up feeling nit picky about too. Thanks for the great review hon!!

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    1. Exactly. Nitpicky is the perfect way to describe how I was feeling about this.

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  5. LOL oh boy this does sound corny as hell. I always find it funny when the characters run into eachother over and over and over and over and over and it's like NO That doesn't happen! It sounds like this could be a fun fluffy read if you ever need to be cheered up! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I KNOW! That NEVER happens so it's annoying when it happens in books! It's definitely a fluffy read, but honestly if you are ever looking for that type of book, I have some better recommendations. :)

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  6. Hmmm everyone raves about this author (and I've seen good things about this book) but this particular book does not sound like my thaaang. AT ALL.

    ALSO love that you have a gif of Brittany (I think I remember that's her name yes?) from Big Brother! She had great faces. lol

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    1. I know. I expect so much from her books and I am always disappointed.

      Yes, it's Britney! Haha. She's one of my favorites! :)

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  7. Aww, it's a shame this one didn't quite work out for you. Contemporary isn't my go-to genre in the first place and it's usually very corny and I can definitely see the issues you had being issues for me too, so I think I'll just skip this one. Thanks for the honest - and wonderfully written - review, Kara! :)

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    1. Thanks, Keertana. I know what you mean. I am always on the lookout for great contemporary books because I really love the genre, I just have a lot of problems with many of the ideas and tropes. I'll keep trying!

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  8. I love contemp and have had so many friends tell me that this is their fave of Elizabeth's books but I do like to read a few not-so-glowing reviews because it helps me to lower my expectations.

    I really don't like cheesey books/tv/movies so now I am a bit more wary of this, it just makes me want to roll my eyes - a lot! Also, you're right, it sounds a bit unrealistic, but romance novels often are, right?

    Great review, Kara

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    1. It's a decent book, it was just WAY too cutesy for me. I totally know what you mean though. I'll be interested to see what you think of this.

      You are right about romance novels being unrealistic. And perhaps that is why I usually stay out of the romance genre. Ha!

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  9. Ha, this sounds a little like something I might tend to avoid. I can tolerate cheesy and over the top occasionally, but I much prefer going for grittier contemporary books. Lovely review, Kara!

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    1. Yes, I think so too, Sam. I don't light angsty or cheesy contemporary. But I do like the fun contemporaries, like Sarah Dessen, as long as they aren't too over the top.

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  10. Eww, I loathe sappy, angst-ridden contemporary novels (give me realistic, grittier contemp, please!) Except with Sarah Desssen, and I see you enjoy her novels too. I have a special spot in my heart for Stephanie Perkins' books as well. :) I hope your next read works out better for you, Kara! Great review!

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    1. Yes, Sarah Dessen is awesome. There are a few others I like too, but for the most part I stay away from contemporary unless the blurb really does me in. I have really bad luck with this genre. I also enjoyed the one Stephanie Perkins book I read. And Catching Jordan by Miranda Kineally was pretty great too.

      Thanks, Leanne.

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  11. Sorry to hear this didn't work for you. I adore Scott's writing and I think part of the reason they keep running into each other is because it's such a small town but I know that not every book works for every one. Better luck with your next read!

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