Death Prefers Blondes
Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security cameras and armed guards, pulling off high-stakes cat burglaries with a team of flamboyant young men. In and out of disguise, she’s in all the headlines.But then Margo’s personal life takes a sudden, dark turn, and a job to end all jobs lands her crew in deadly peril. Overnight, everything she’s ever counted on is put at risk. Backs against the wall, the resourceful thieves must draw on their special skills to survive. But can one rebel heiress and four kickboxing drag queens withstand the slings and arrows of truly outrageous fortune? Or will a mounting sea of troubles end them — for good?

Death Prefers Blondes Details

TitleDeath Prefers Blondes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250155825
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Lgbt

Death Prefers Blondes Review

  • Caleb Roehrig
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really going to have to finish writing this nowEDITED TO ADD: I have finished writing it
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Rupaul's Drag Race meets Ocean's 8 in Caleb Roehrig's upcoming Death Prefers Blondes . This upcoming YA novel was really fun to read, folks. The non-stop action at times was slightly overwhelming, but overall Death Prefers Blondes is a fun, fast-paced, multidimensional read, that will be perfect for those seeking a light mystery with a little flair. I'm not going to dive into the plot with this review, because I feel like it's best to go in with no expectations. Margo Manning, the protagonist Rupaul's Drag Race meets Ocean's 8 in Caleb Roehrig's upcoming Death Prefers Blondes . This upcoming YA novel was really fun to read, folks. The non-stop action at times was slightly overwhelming, but overall Death Prefers Blondes is a fun, fast-paced, multidimensional read, that will be perfect for those seeking a light mystery with a little flair. I'm not going to dive into the plot with this review, because I feel like it's best to go in with no expectations. Margo Manning, the protagonist, is a socialite by day, criminal mastermind by night. Breaking into museums, stealing diamonds from banks, you name it—Margo can do it. Margo teams up with her best friends, a group of men who like to partake in drag culture. #werk What a spin! With the group's attempts growing more and more difficult, Margo and team must decide if this life of crime is actually worth it—before it catches up to them. This novel was very reminiscent to the Bling Ring that happened in California circa 2008-2009. I think there was a movie about it as well...oh yes, with Emma Watson and crew. If you enjoyed that movie, I think you'll love Death Prefers Blondes . Death Prefers Blondes is not going to be for everyone. In fact, if I wasn't so saturated with psychological thrillers, I may not have been able to pick this story up. It's non-stop action 24/7, which can get grating for those looking for more character development. This dialogue based novel really polarize readers, and I think it will! I really enjoyed the humor, mixed with mystery in this novel, and I also really enjoyed how non-young adult Death Prefers Blondes was, without it deviating too adult. Caleb Roehrig, Death Prefers Blondes was a fabulously fun novel and I expect to see more from you in the future.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading, but I couldn’t help but fall lace-front head over six-inch heels for this whole cast of characters.I won’t go into any specifics about plot in this review, since Death Prefers Blondes is so action-packed from start to finish. However, I will say that we follow a main character named Margo Manning, a Hollywood socialite by day and LA’s most capable criminal by night. Along with her team of drag queen accomplices (and a little help from her own drag persona, Miss Anthropy), she pulls off some of the toughest, most high-profile break-ins around the city. We’re talking everything from stolen jewel heists to stealing priceless art from a well-guarded museum. One day, though, Margo’s fence offers her a sum of money she’s only ever dreamed of– but it would require her team to pull off a seemingly impossible job. Everything takes off from there, and the mystery at the heart of the book becomes increasingly more personal to Margo as new information is revealed.As a very character-driven reader, I sometimes struggle with plot-driven stories. However, in Death Prefers Blondes, even though I honestly could not care less about the elaborate action sequences– although, let me be clear, they are objectively VERY well-written– I was still 100% invested in the story because of how much I cared about the characters. Each queen in Margo’s crew has very specific motivations for their involvement in organized crime. There are Axel Moreau, AKA Leisl von Tramp, and Joaquin Moreau, AKA Anita Stiffwon, two brothers trying to keep their family afloat after their Hollywood royalty father landed in jail due to stealing money from the entire who’s-who of Los Angeles. There’s Leif Darby, AKA Electra Shoxx, who needs money to pay his dance school tuition in order to remain in LA, far from his homophobic family. There’s Davon Stokes, AKA Dior Galore, who is forced to pay off the drug dealers who his drag mother can’t stop paying visits to. And, of course, there’s Margo herself, who has her own myriad reasons for her involvement in LA’s criminal underbelly.In so many ways, Death Prefers Blondes was a love letter to found families and to queer culture. Every queer person will tell you that you naturally seek out other queer folks for understanding and acceptance, and nowhere is this more evident than in drag sisterhoods. In addition to all of our leading men in this book being queer, Margo is also bisexual, which is representation I was so not expecting but that made my heart SIIIIIING. This label is explicitly stated on page, and we also see her involved in relationships with people of multiple genders. There is also nonbinary rep in a side character, another wonderful surprise! And 3/5 main characters are POC, as is the love interest. Basically, Death Prefers Blondes proves that drag is not just for white, cis gay men. As a huge fan of drag, but a not-so-huge fan of RPDR and mainstream drag’s frequent disdain for trans, nonbinary, and bio queens– and also the RPDR fandom’s racist tendencies– this book was a much more inclusive portrayal of drag, which felt so much more true to the queer community that *I* know and love. Fans of drag will recognize a lot of the colloquialisms commonly associated with the community, which made me smile every time they appeared.Death Prefers Blondes also features a romance that I adored, between Margo and Henry Yang, a half-Asian, half- Hispanic law student who begins an apprenticeship with the Manning family’s lawyer. I especially appreciated how sex positive this book was in general, but particularly in regards to Margo and Henry’s relationship. Also, there was witty banter galore between these two. And if you’re going into this book looking for a cute #ownvoices m/m romance, you also will not be disappointed on that front! A romance develops between Leif and Joaquin, as well as the budding chemistry between Axel and Davon.As I already mentioned, the action sequences in this book, while not something I particularly cared about, were so well-described. Each high-stakes scenario had me on the edge of my seat. Really, the adrenaline never left me while reading Death Prefers Blondes, because there was always some looming threat on the horizon. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. I also loved how dialogue-heavy this book was, mostly because the dialogue was extremely well-written.Overall, if you’re looking for a queer YA mystery with no shortage of thrilling twists and turns, Death Prefers Blondes is the book for you. It may be long, but it will keep you engaged and flipping the pages the entire way through, and you’ll totally fall for these characters.
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    Oceans 8 meets Hamlet with drag queensDifferent from Caleb's other books but absolutely a WILD ride and a fantastic epic of heists, revenge, and queer teens taking control where there is none to be foundY'ALL ARE NOT READY
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Extremely fun and successful at everything it's aiming for - definitely going to be my #1 rec for people who ask for books like Ocean's 11 or 8, which is actually a really common request.
  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    So good!!!! This took me a while to read because of my general reading slump but I really did love this. The twists had me genuinely shocked and I honestly love heists so there's nothing to even dislike in this one. All the characters were great and I just loved it.
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    That's hair-cist
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic heist-filled rollercoaster with plenty of tricky plans and family drama. And romance. And world travel. And cool tricks. Caleb Roehrig is really growing as an author, each of his books getting better and better than the last.
  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*Margo Manning lives a double life. By day, she is a teenage socialite with a reputation for trouble. But by night, with the help of four Drag Queens, she pulls off some of the toughest heists imaginable. But, when bad news regarding Margo's personal life comes to light and a job goes wrong, Margo needs to decide what t Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*Margo Manning lives a double life. By day, she is a teenage socialite with a reputation for trouble. But by night, with the help of four Drag Queens, she pulls off some of the toughest heists imaginable. But, when bad news regarding Margo's personal life comes to light and a job goes wrong, Margo needs to decide what to do and who to trust before she puts those she loves in danger. The book is pitched as RuPaul's Drag Race meets Ocean 8 and if you know anything about me, you know that I FREAKING LOVE DRAG QUEENS so ass-kicking Drag Queens? EVEN BETTER. I was beyond excited to pick this one up and it DID NOT disappoint. The book is so fast-paced and action-packed it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I love d all the heist and fight scenes and the twists I didn't see coming. I think the book was very well-written in a way that made you fully invested in the story, its characters and the secrets they were hiding. I really loved the alternating perspectives between paragraphs, I think it was a really unique and fun way to tell the story! The book has such an amazing diverse cast. You can't help but becoming fully invested in each Queen and their backstories. Each Queen has a reason why they've joined Margo's crew of thieves and you root for each one. Axel Moreau (AKA Leisl von Tramp) and Joaquin Moreau, (AKA Anita Stiffwon) are brothers trying to keep their family afloat. Leif Darby (AKA Electra Shoxx) is trying to pay his tuition for an elite ballet school and Davon Stokes (AKA Dior Galore) who is trying to pay off the debt his Drag Mama has wracked up with her pill habit. Then you have Margo Manning (AKA Miss Anthropy) who is not only fierce but extremely loyal as well. The relationships explored between all of these characters were so well done. The brother relationship, romantic relationships between certain Queens as well as all the friendships formed were so carefully executed and I loved every second of it. The diversity in this book is so well done as well. 3 out of the 5 crew members are persons of colour, and Margo is bisexual and appears in relationships with multiple genders, including a person of colour as well! There is a non-binary side character which I was so happy to see the representation for. I absolutely loved Margo's love interest, Dallas. He is so sweet and the banter between the two of them is hilarious. I also loved the two relationships that formed between the four queens. I think that the book was very sex positive and I loved seeing that in a YA novel. If I had to give ONE complaint for the book, it would be that it did drag on a bit in the middle (clocking in at almost 500 pages), but I was so invested in these characters and the story line that it didn't affect me too much. I could go on and on about how much I love this book, but I really think you should pick it up for yourself and be immersed in this amazing cast of loveable Queens.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! That was a really fun and wild ride. I am hoping that ending means we might see more of this rag-tag group of teen thieves. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    more Caleb Roehrig. that's all I need to know.
  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    FINISHED: 1/24/19Thank you to Macmillan for an advanced reading copy! I was a big fan of Caleb’s White Rabbit (I’m still meaning to read Last Seen Leaving), so Death Prefers Blondes was something I’ve been looking forward to. And, I mean, with a title like that, who isn’t intrigued?! This one took a while for me to get immersed in, and I think that’s because it’s plot driven, whereas Caleb’s other novels are debatably character driven. The characters in DPB are all extremely colorful and diverse FINISHED: 1/24/19Thank you to Macmillan for an advanced reading copy! I was a big fan of Caleb’s White Rabbit (I’m still meaning to read Last Seen Leaving), so Death Prefers Blondes was something I’ve been looking forward to. And, I mean, with a title like that, who isn’t intrigued?! This one took a while for me to get immersed in, and I think that’s because it’s plot driven, whereas Caleb’s other novels are debatably character driven. The characters in DPB are all extremely colorful and diverse — and their dialogue is FANTASTIC — but this is in no way a character driven novel, and I think that’s usually my personal preference. So that said, I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if it weren’t written by Caleb, but I’m glad I did. It was nice to step out of my reading comfort zone and try something different. Caleb obviously is a huge 90’s fanboy and loves the same things I do; his main protagonist, Margo, is on the level of Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars. And you can’t go wrong with drag queens thrown in the mix! If you’re looking for a super queer and fun YA heist, with some Veronica Mars and James Bond textures, look no further. 4/5 stars.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I need to write a full review, but for now: OMGUpdated Review: Caleb Roehrig’s Death Prefers Blondes is a fantastic foray into the world of sophisticated crimes–all committed by teenagers. Margo Manning is well known for who her father is, the CEO of Manning Corporation. But Margo Manning’s crimes are well known too–from art theft to jewel heists.While Margo is rich, she has reasons for what she does: namely, Axel, Joaquin, Leif, and Davon also known by their drag queen names: Liesl Von Tramp, A I need to write a full review, but for now: OMGUpdated Review: Caleb Roehrig’s Death Prefers Blondes is a fantastic foray into the world of sophisticated crimes–all committed by teenagers. Margo Manning is well known for who her father is, the CEO of Manning Corporation. But Margo Manning’s crimes are well known too–from art theft to jewel heists.While Margo is rich, she has reasons for what she does: namely, Axel, Joaquin, Leif, and Davon also known by their drag queen names: Liesl Von Tramp, Anita Stiffwon, Electra Shoxx, and Dior Galore. While Margo and Axel began this out of boredom, they now do this because the crime pays well. After Axel’s and Joaquin’s father was sent to prison, their family was left fairly destitute and desperately in need of money. After Davon’s mother and father died, he was sent to live with a relative that didn’t approve of who he was so he finds himself homeless. And Leif is at a dance boarding school that his mom won’t pay for and needs a way to pay for it and to be free of his overbearing mother who wants to pray the gay away.Did I mention the drag queens? Yes, the crimes are committed by Margo, Liesl, Anita, Electra, and Dior. All highly trained in the art of various combats with Margo’s access to high tech tools through her father’s work, they haven’t been caught yet.Death Prefers Blondes begins right in the middle of a heist at the Los Angeles Museum of Fine Art. This book will immediately draw you in and will not let you go until you have finished the very last page.Throughout the story, we see the team pull several more heists before heartbreak and the heist pulled on the wrong person leads to impending disaster. If the team can pull off one last heist, they can potentially save what remains of a legacy, but in order to do so, they will need to rely on someone that they hardly know.Aside from the amazing plot, the details that Roehrig has put into each character makes this story even more special. Margo is bisexual, and we actually see her romantic interests in same gender and different genders. We also see gay rep and a little nonbinary rep as well.Roehrig’s Death Prefers Blondes will also have great crossover appeal to those fans of adult thrillers that normally scoff at YA literature. However, not to fear: this is definitely a YA work and not one where an adult book was written with adult characters were aged down to sell as YA. (I’ve read ones like that which is the ONLY reason I make the comment.)For those fans of Roehrig’s earlier works, while Death Prefers Blondes does feel quite a bit different, overall, it is without a doubt a signature Roehrig work. In fact, I think it’s his best work yet.Definitely preorder this one.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and funny heist story. Unfortunately, this does get a bit lengthy and the book suffers as a result. I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however all opinions are my own.
  • Adam Sass
    January 1, 1970
    This. Was. So. Exciting. Bored teen socialite Margo gets her bb drag queen friends together to protect her family's company from a literal Bond villain. It's elegant spy fiction for young readers. All the fabulous globe-hopping Margo does, and the book is essentially a love letter to the city of Los Angeles. I want to reread this by pool in an enormous, bejeweled pair of sunglasses!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    We'll be discussing this on our next episode of the YA Cafe podcast!
  • Phil Stamper
    January 1, 1970
    This book has so much heart. The whole cast is BEAUTIFUL and QUEER—I love every single character. AND none of the storylines are about queer pain. He also honors origins of drag & the kickass trans WOC who paved the way. So much care and thought was put into every page of this book and it shows.There's so much action and drama—I never wanted it to end. 😭
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book! The constant action kept me reading all hours of the day and night. The quirky unique characters were so wonderful and I found myself attached to each one and wanting to get to know them better. While this is a fun read, it has serious issues as well and really endeared me to each of the characters even more. Fabulous read with a great range of diverse characters!
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  • Allyson
    January 1, 1970
    So many stereotypes, so little time. Death Prefers Blondes is yet another promising premise failing to live up to its potential. There are a few things that are great about this book but they aren’t enough to lift it out of the morass. Drag queens, socialites, robbery, and revenge should be a winning combination, a fresh twist on a tired genre, but Roehrig fails to deliver. Switching POV from one paragraph to the next is only one of several major faults in this work, jarring the reader out of th So many stereotypes, so little time. Death Prefers Blondes is yet another promising premise failing to live up to its potential. There are a few things that are great about this book but they aren’t enough to lift it out of the morass. Drag queens, socialites, robbery, and revenge should be a winning combination, a fresh twist on a tired genre, but Roehrig fails to deliver. Switching POV from one paragraph to the next is only one of several major faults in this work, jarring the reader out of the narrative and leaving them scratching their head. There’s nothing wrong with internal monologues but in this case the inconsistent shifts, coupled with telling, rather than showing the reader the significance behind words and actions, took a great deal of fun out of the narrative. And the generic characterizations, barring the drag queen aspect, were just that: generic and boring. Add ten or even twenty years to each of the stated ages of the characters, and almost nothing in the story would be any different. Their interactions, the problems they face, their dialogue, everything with the exception of high school attendance, would be exactly the same and it wouldn’t change the story at all. Substitute college or job and it’s still exactly the same motivations and relationships. There’s really nothing that sets these characters or their worlds apart. Tired tropes of “poor little rich girl,” “misunderstood loner,” and “little-brother-fighting-for-recognition” have all been done before, and much better. It’s sad when a story that could be great has a stumbling start and never succeeds in rising to the occasion. Two stars (one for the premise and one for pity.) Thanks to NetGalley for providing an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Sorry I didn’t like it.
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  • Rashika (is tired)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating 4.5In 2019 and we’re finally getting all the heist/thief books we deserve. Death Prefers Blondes is one such heist book and IT IS AMAZING. Maybe you’ve read Caleb Roehrig before or maybe you’re drawn by the fantastic premise and gorgeous gover. Regardless, this book is both quintessentially Roehrig and also different from what he has written before. His previous books are more on the fun end of the spectrum (WHICH IS NOT A BAD THING. I love fun books!) and while Death Prefers Blond Actual Rating 4.5In 2019 and we’re finally getting all the heist/thief books we deserve. Death Prefers Blondes is one such heist book and IT IS AMAZING. Maybe you’ve read Caleb Roehrig before or maybe you’re drawn by the fantastic premise and gorgeous gover. Regardless, this book is both quintessentially Roehrig and also different from what he has written before. His previous books are more on the fun end of the spectrum (WHICH IS NOT A BAD THING. I love fun books!) and while Death Prefers Blondes is incredibly fun, it also has a tendency to punch you in the guts. TO SAY EVEN MORE because I clearly cannot shut up, Death Prefers Blondes is not a short book but it FLIES by. It was so well written and visuals/imagery were done so well that I felt like I was watching an extremely badass heist movie.Margo Manning is a teen socialite who also happens to be a thief. She isn’t doing it for the money though. She does it for the thrill. And she isn’t alone. She has a team of drag queens to help her commit felonies. Her team, unlike her, does need the money so they have slightly more at risk. ANYWAY. SO MARGO. She may be a sad little rich kid, who the world seems to both hate and envy, but she is really just the best. Her loyalty to her friends makes me so happy. She will cut someone for them and that’s the kind of friend you need.Axel, Joaquin, Leif, and Davon are the aforementioned drag queens and Margo’s dearest friends. Even though Death Prefers Blondes is mainly narrated by Margo, we do get snippets into all of their lives through asides within the narrative. Honestly, like, they are already awesome when you get to read about them through Margo’s perspective but I genuinely enjoyed that we did get to hear from them because it really allowed me to connect with them. THEY ARE ALL SO PRECIOUS AND GOING THROUGH SO MUCH. ANYWAY. I WANT TO BE specific but if I am, you won’t get to enjoy being gut-punched so I WON’T be. Please just know that I love all of them and you will too.Death Prefers Blondes opens with the team in the middle of a job. Things are a little tense between Margo and Axel though and the team barely makes it out. When a job that could end all jobs comes along, the team decides the risks that come with it are worth it but things soon spiral out of control. There is a target on Margo’s back and soon tragedy strikes her household. THINGS GET ROUGH and the stakes get higher than you could possibly imagine in a fun-looking heist novel.Death Prefers Blondes is the perfect book for ANYONE who loves a good plot-driven book but it comes with the advantage of amazing character arcs, fun banter, cute romances (YES, MULTIPLE ROMANCES) and friendships to die for. If you loved Ocean’s 8, this better be on your to-read list. If you have loved any heist movie, this should be on your to-read list. If you are a living, breathing human, this needs to be on your to-read list.
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  • Jamie Canaves
    January 1, 1970
    If Robin Hood Were A Rich Teen Girl With A Crew Of Drag Queens! (TW addiction)This novel is a heist thriller with a murder mystery starring Robin Hood–if Robin Hood were a rich teenage girl with a crew of drag queens. I adored it! Margo Manning is a socialite whose father has more money then a person can spend in a lifetime so naturally she steals from the rich. And I mean she has a full-on operation with a fence, and help with gadgets, and a crew of teenage drag queens. The heist scenes are kic If Robin Hood Were A Rich Teen Girl With A Crew Of Drag Queens! (TW addiction)This novel is a heist thriller with a murder mystery starring Robin Hood–if Robin Hood were a rich teenage girl with a crew of drag queens. I adored it! Margo Manning is a socialite whose father has more money then a person can spend in a lifetime so naturally she steals from the rich. And I mean she has a full-on operation with a fence, and help with gadgets, and a crew of teenage drag queens. The heist scenes are kick-ass, and read like scenes from awesome thriller movies–but this novel is far from just flashy fun scenes. Rather than stereotypical drag queen characters used just for fun quips we get to know the entire crew, including their personal lives and the how and why they ended up as thieves. The novel is about birth families, found families, trying to make the best out of terrible situations, social justice, and the wrong path for the believed right reasons. I absolutely loved every second of this ride Roehrig took me on. And if that isn’t enough of a sell, think of this book like Ocean’s 11 dated RuPaul’s Drag Race and the wedding reception got crashed by Hamlet.--from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...
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  • Jennia
    January 1, 1970
    Combining the basic premise of The Bling Ring, Robin Hood, and local drag culture, Roehrig has written a unique heist novel aimed at the YA market. The book is primarily plot based and is heavy on the action, light on meaningful dialogue and introspection. For those that crave more ninja infused fight scenes that feature characters in colorful wigs and perfectly applied and blended eyeshadow, this book is just for you. I tend to be one of those people that skims over paragraphs describing car ch Combining the basic premise of The Bling Ring, Robin Hood, and local drag culture, Roehrig has written a unique heist novel aimed at the YA market. The book is primarily plot based and is heavy on the action, light on meaningful dialogue and introspection. For those that crave more ninja infused fight scenes that feature characters in colorful wigs and perfectly applied and blended eyeshadow, this book is just for you. I tend to be one of those people that skims over paragraphs describing car chases and battle scenes, so many of the sections felt overly long for me. However, just because this isn't my preferred genre doesn't mean that someone else won't pick this up and feel it's the most five of five star reads ever. I enjoyed the overall premise, but would have liked to see more character development (especially for Leif). As it was, it was hard for me to connect with many of the main characters or feel particularly interested in what happened to them since I lacked that relationship with them. However, the pacing picked up for about halfway through, and while I slogged through the first 150 pages or so, I spend through the last 200. Overall, 3.5 stars.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher for an honest review.I picked this up from our ARC pile solely because I LOVED this author's first two books. This one is different. It's not bad, I just don't think it's for me. Here's where I admit that FOR ME, this was probably a 2 star book. But I think that's just because I don't care for heist books. I think it's probably a 4 star, so I'm settling on a 3.I'm weird about a few genres: I don't care to read or watch anything about war or the I received an ARC of this title from the publisher for an honest review.I picked this up from our ARC pile solely because I LOVED this author's first two books. This one is different. It's not bad, I just don't think it's for me. Here's where I admit that FOR ME, this was probably a 2 star book. But I think that's just because I don't care for heist books. I think it's probably a 4 star, so I'm settling on a 3.I'm weird about a few genres: I don't care to read or watch anything about war or the mafia. I don't really like to watch police procedurals, but I don't mind reading them. And I don't mind watching heist movies/tv shows, but I really just don't care to read them. But I loved this author's other books! So I read this anyway. I probably shouldn't have. But if heist stuff is your bag, you will probably love this.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Caleb Roehrig has done it again! Actually, this may be my favorite of his works so far.Margo Manning leads a double-life. During the day, she's an LA Socialite, trying to keep the paparazzi off her trail and partying it up. At night, she and her crew of drag queens steal priceless jewels and works of art to sell on the black market. One night, though, Margo and her crew pull a heist that gets them in over their heads with a Russian Mobster. Will they be able to get rid of their ill-gotten gains Caleb Roehrig has done it again! Actually, this may be my favorite of his works so far.Margo Manning leads a double-life. During the day, she's an LA Socialite, trying to keep the paparazzi off her trail and partying it up. At night, she and her crew of drag queens steal priceless jewels and works of art to sell on the black market. One night, though, Margo and her crew pull a heist that gets them in over their heads with a Russian Mobster. Will they be able to get rid of their ill-gotten gains before the mobster gets rid of their heads?If you're looking for a fast-paced heist thriller with equal measures of mystery, action, and heart, then this is definitely a book you want to pick up. Margo's relationship with her crew is total #squadgoals. And, Roehrig strikes just the right balance of edge-of-your-seat action scenes and exposition/breather scenes. I could not put this book down and would have finished it in one sitting if I hadn't had to go pick up my kid.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest opinion.I will start this review with the fact that I wanted to like this book more. Unfortunately, over plot got in the way. This is yet another book that falls in the "The Plains of Passage" box. The publisher wanted it longer, and the author threw in unnecessary information to make it longer. With this book, it was the personal relationships of the boys, this was not germane to the story at all. Another problem was the over detailed heist scenes. I Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest opinion.I will start this review with the fact that I wanted to like this book more. Unfortunately, over plot got in the way. This is yet another book that falls in the "The Plains of Passage" box. The publisher wanted it longer, and the author threw in unnecessary information to make it longer. With this book, it was the personal relationships of the boys, this was not germane to the story at all. Another problem was the over detailed heist scenes. I had to speed read through most of it, because I got bored. Also, this book really needs to pick a genre and stick with it, because i'm not sure if it knows what it is supposed to be.I was happy with the overall idea of the book, I enjoyed the ending. It was just hard to get to the ending.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The tabloids call her Mad Margo, but they don't have the foggiest idea what kind of shenanigans teenage socialite Margo Manning really gets up to. Along with a quartet of butt-kicking drag queens, she pulls off elaborate heists in museums, consulates, and the castles of Russian oligarchs. It turns out all that padding and contouring makes for fabulous disguises, and ballet dancers have serious musculature. But the body blow that changes Margo's life forever comes not from her nighttime hobby, bu The tabloids call her Mad Margo, but they don't have the foggiest idea what kind of shenanigans teenage socialite Margo Manning really gets up to. Along with a quartet of butt-kicking drag queens, she pulls off elaborate heists in museums, consulates, and the castles of Russian oligarchs. It turns out all that padding and contouring makes for fabulous disguises, and ballet dancers have serious musculature. But the body blow that changes Margo's life forever comes not from her nighttime hobby, but her ordinary life. One high-stakes job will literally mean either life or death for Margo and her crew. Just oodles of fun. Thanks, Netgalley.
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  • Portia
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap this book is amazing! I can’t handle the book hangover I am currently experiencing. Hamlet meets drag queens who are also incredibly teenage thieves. What more could you want? Roehrig has created amazing characters who you root for the entire time, even when they are doing things that are less than legal. And boy oh boy is this book stormy. I just want someone to look at me the way these characters look at each other. This book is such a delight to read. I can’t even handle how much I Holy crap this book is amazing! I can’t handle the book hangover I am currently experiencing. Hamlet meets drag queens who are also incredibly teenage thieves. What more could you want? Roehrig has created amazing characters who you root for the entire time, even when they are doing things that are less than legal. And boy oh boy is this book stormy. I just want someone to look at me the way these characters look at each other. This book is such a delight to read. I can’t even handle how much I love this book. I wish it was longer because I didn’t want it to end. Make sure to pick this one up the second it comes out on January 29th.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    While it’s a little long and the writing style is def geared toward older teens, I just can’t not give this book 5 stars.Funny, twisty, fierce, inclusive, action packed, and genuinely interesting, I loved nearly every moment of this book. The characters, though, are the highlight. There wasn’t a single character I wasn’t interested in, I liked and rooted for each of them, and they all felt REAL.Loved it. Def would rec for adults or grades 8-12.
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  • Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing! It you're hooked in by the premise of drag queen heist, you're in for a treat - that delivers everything you want it to and more. But this book also becomes a wonderful, poignant book with deep character development and one of the best ensemble casts I've read in years. So, so much fun.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars. I loved Roehrig’s colorful, talented cast of drag queen cat burglars and definitely appreciated the slow building, multi-layered mystery and crime element. But I think for me it was a bit too long. And there wasn’t enough of the 4 boys in the story to really get a full grip on their characters. I liked Margo, but really wanted more of Leif and Joaquin!
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