Monday, January 30, 2012

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

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 there is—her mother. They never stay in one place long enough for Dani to have real connections, real friends—a real life.

But in the town of Heaven, everything changes. Suddenly, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted. (from GoodReads)

I have had Stealing Heaven on my shelf for a long time now (maybe 3 years?) and I just never got around to reading it. But I'm glad I did now, because I really enjoyed it.

What I like about Elizabeth Scott's books is that they're really simple, but still meaningful. The story isn't bogged down by unnecessary detail or description, so it becomes a really easy read. The premise is what attracted me to Stealing Heaven; I wanted to see what life was like for serial burglars. I'm actually surprised that Danielle and her mom have never been caught. They don't use fancy equipment or anything - just simple techniques and getting information out of people.

But this is not the kind of life that Danielle wants to live: she has no friends, no home, and no future. I felt bad for her because she deserved a real life. That's why I was so glad when Greg came in. He's a cop (uh-oh) but actually cares for Danielle and helps her see that she can change her circumstances.

Even though the story was simple, and fairly short, I still really enjoyed Stealing Heaven and its theme of making your own destiny and taking control of your life.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: Christmas gift.

2008/HarperTeen/320 pages.

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