Sunday, April 7, 2013

Book Review: Money Run by Jack Heath

Goodreads summary:

Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey, the hit man with a determination to finish the job - at any cost!The beginning of a dazzling new series from Jack Heath, author of The Lab and Remote Control.

My review:

Money Run is such a fun read.  The cover was the first thing that caught my attention - it reminded me of the latest Mission Impossible movie.  And after reading the summary, I was hooked.  Thankfully, the book turned out to be just as exciting and suspenseful as I'd hoped.  Money Run is perfect for fans of movies like Mission Impossible or The Italian Job.

I really enjoyed all the different point of views in the story.  At first I was worried that would make the story more dull, but actually, being inside the different characters' heads made everything more suspenseful - for example, sometimes one scene will end with one of the characters in danger, then jump to another scene with a different character. 

I enjoyed the characters as well.  Ashley is smart and levelheaded, and I loved reading about her.  I also liked her friend Benjamin - the banter back and forth between them had me smiling.  Add in a handful of compelling minor characters, and this book was pretty much impossible to put down.

I loved the action in Money Run, too.  There were quite a few scenes that I could just picture happening in an action movie.  So many thrilling moments and tense chase scenes filled the book, like Ashley running down a staircase to escape an assassin, or Ashley trying to hide to escape being found by a detective.  I also loved this one scene involving a car and a roof.  I won't say what happens so the story isn't spoiled, but let's just say it was a pretty awesome scene!

Of course, while reading this, you do have to suspend your belief somewhat - some of the things Ashley does really couldn't happen in real life.  But, Money Run still offers up great entertainment, plenty of action, unpredictable twists, and great characters.  If you're a fan of action thrillers, you definitely won't want to miss this exciting book!

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating:  8 out of 10 (4 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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