Monday, October 10, 2011

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: June 1, 2008
Publisher: HarperTeen

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. - Goodreads.com

May I just say at the beginning here that Elizabeth Scott is one of my favorite YA authors.  She just knows how to do characters, dark, internal struggle, and gut-wrenching conflict.  This book was no exception.  I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to read this one, as I've read just about everything else she's ever put out, but I just managed to put download this one from BN on my Nook and I am so glad I finally did.

This is another one of those signature Elizabeth Scott books that just engrosses you, keeps you hooked in and just heartbroken for the characters.  Dani's situation was so completely and ridiculously outrageous and seemingly hopeless.  Imagine knowing no other life than theft, and learning it all from your mother who still drags you around the world pulling thieving heists in town after town.  No relationships, no friends, no home, no use of your real name even, and nothing sacred.  This is her life.  Until finally, they move to a town called Heaven and one of the only things that makes her feel alive and happy for the first time in years is a guy...who happens to be a cop.

What conflict, right?  It was perfect.  He was perfect.  This was one of those guys that you just fall in love with, right along with the heroine.  I feel like I can't say anymore without ruining something.  He'll have to stay mysterious long enough for you to read it yourself.  You won't regret it.  Elizabeth Scott is phenomenal and this book is another one of her works of art.

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