Lawless: Book Review

March 26th, 2013 by

lawless-jeffrey-salaneFor years, I’ve been dying for whatever incredible magic could transport me to Hogwarts as a wizarding student. Well, now I’ve got a new destination in mind: the Lawless School, where young criminal masterminds learn the tricks of their trade.

Now, I’m not saying I’m aiming to become a thief. But I wouldn’t mind training in lock-picking, escaping from dangerous situations, and general subterfuge.

In Lawless by Jeffery Salane, this is exactly the life M Freeman falls into — or rather, she’s forced into it when her mom basically gives her no choice and she’s personally escorted out of the house by a “guardian” sent by the school.

Soon, it becomes clear that M’s been training for her life as a thief all along — all the home-schooling and the plans laid by her father before he died, they were all leading to Lawless.

So now that M’s there, what’s next? Apparently, there’s no such thing as a quiet life of crime. This book is full of heart-pounding action and mystery, popping on every page: sabotage by her classmates, almost getting kicked out of school, piecing together the mystery behind a secret society, hunting down and stealing masterpieces — and all the while, M is discovering long-buried secrets about her father’s past.

If you enjoy a good caper, this is the perfect book for you. Think Swindle + Chasing Vermeer, times 10!

Lawless comes out next week. Until then, are there any similar books we should all check out? I’m obviously a sucker for capers — leave a comment if you have any others to recommend!

— Karen

Karen’s only concern about the Lawless School is that it’s located somewhere near the equator — which means it’s hot and muggy. Danger at every turn? No problem. Warm weather? No, thanks!

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One Response

  • Shelby writes:
    May 19th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    It sounds a lot like the Gallagher Girls series, by Ally Carter. In the Gallagher series, Cammie’s mom is headmistress, she has no choice but to go to the girls only boarding school for spies. Later on in the series, Cammie tries to take down a secret organization that’s out for her. She also finds out many things about her father before he disappeared and died, or so they think. The last book I read in that series kinda left me hanging. But thete are a lot of similarities.

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