Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Smash & Grab [Review & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: Smash and Grab
Author: Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House
Published Date: 19th July 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*


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Synopsis: LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.
 
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .
 
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
 
Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

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Review: Smash and Grab was a novel I was eager to have my hands on as soon as I saw the cover. And then I read the synopsis and my eyes practically formed into heart shapes. Really. This is no joke.

Just imagine all the fangirling that happened when the book finally landed on my doorstep.

All fangirling aside, I managed to really enjoy this book. I read it as I was traveling in summer and it was just what I needed. Something light and a lot of fun to read. The main character, Lexi, is a girl who doesn’t let the term ‘girl’ define her. She’s dropping off buildings, she knows her way to sneak around and she loves a challenge. And when that challenge is to help clear her father’s name, she’ll do anything. I love how she channels her anger to let it fuel her when it comes to her adrenaline rushes and getting revenge. I found her personality to be a lot of fun and I really liked the relationship she and her brother shared.


Then we also have Christian. He was another main character I really liked. You can tell he is part of the gang for all the wrong reasons, and really just wants to find a way out which is safe. But in those kind of scenarios, when you’re in it’s pretty hard to come back out again… He really was caught and you could tell that he loved his family and friends a lot. I liked that he had his affinity for reading and was quick on his feet. He was a pretty cool love interest.

The point of view switches between them two, but you still get to meet quite a few of the secondary characters. The relationship between Christian and his best friend Benny is incredibly nice. Lexi has her group of friends, and then Christian has his gang. We meet all of them, and get a bit of backstory on them, but it doesn’t go to deep… Which is just fine for a light quick read like this.


The plot of this book was pretty solid. Maybe you would question if this would ever really happen, but it is plausible and possible. I really liked the fun behind it, and all the undercover work that had to come with it. It was fun to follow and I always wanted to know what would happen next which is important for me to enjoy the book. I especially liked the ending. By that point I was hooked because we’d been building up to the heist throughout the whole novel, and so many things were going wrong that it seemed like they wouldn’t be able to pull it off!  

On top of that, the romance was perfect. I liked the rising tension between her and Christian. They were both playing and using each other, which was a funny game that they were caught up in. There was plenty of banter and plenty of flirting to keep me entertained as well. I wondered if they would ever be able to get together outside of the heist and how they both needed to keep things distant but close at the same time to get what they wanted from the bank. I actually think that that the flirtatious romance was just what I needed. And they were so well suited to each other that I love idea of them together.


In conclusion this was the perfect light, cheeky romance with a wild plot to keep me intrigued!
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Giveaway! Enter to win a signed poster of Smash & Grab, a $20 Visa Giftcard and swag! Open internationally!


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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

Olivia-Savannah x

130 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting book. Sometimes, I want to read something fun without having to put too much thought into it. Going on my TBR list. Thanks much, Olivia.

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    1. Yes, we all need those fun books from time to time! Hope you enjoy it when you do get around to it :D

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  2. Great review Liv, as always :)

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  3. Gosh, now I want to read it as well!

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  4. Great review!! I have this wonderful book and it's on my tbr :)

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    1. Hope you love it too when you read it <3

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  5. The wildest thing I've done is sneak a beer from my dad's cooler when I was 16. Seriously, I was so lame that I didn't have much chance to do anything outrageous. I was in the band, on the math team, and annual staff. On weekends I was in the country at my grandma's; usually in the den curled up reading or watching movies. This sounds like a fun book.

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    1. Hehehe someone was a goody two shoes but you know, there is nothing bad about that at all ^.^

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  6. Well, now, I can't tell you that! I can't have my wildest moment immortalized on the Internet, Olivia! Ha ha ha. ;)

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    1. Well, some things are best kept secret :D Although I admit, it does make me curious!

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  7. So, I had been on the fence about this one because of the plausibility bit, but you have convinced me! I have heard so many good things, too! And the romance sounds amazing, so yeah, i am definitely sold! I also loooove the pictures you took- you do such an amazing job. And the one with you in it is so pretty :)

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    1. Yay! I am glad you've decided to go for it after all. The romance was one of my favourite parts! Aww, thank you <3 I try my best with them :3

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  8. Okay well I cant say that in front of everybody lol.

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    1. Now that makes sense. Why didn't I think of these possible answers when I wrote this?

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  9. Lexi is a appealing character. I'm anxious to read her story.

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  10. A fun romance with twist and turns, sounds like a great read.
    Jennifer Rote

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    1. That's exactly what you get with this novel. Enjoy it when you do read it :)

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  11. Oh I so need to read this book now!! I've been seeing it around and it sounds like it's a fun-filled, action story with the perfect blend of romance and wit mixed in. I'll definitely be picking this one up hopefully soon!

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    1. You really should! I'm so glad you're interested in it because I think you'll really like it!

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  12. I enjoyed this one! And you're right, if unlikely, its plausible and possible.

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    1. I agree with you. It was fun to read ^.^

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  13. Thank you for this review. I'd like to read Smash & Grab.

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  14. Smash & Grab sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. It's truly brilliant through and through ;)

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  15. I need a light and fun book to read. This sounds perfect.

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    1. If that's what you're looking for this one will be great for you!

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  16. This sounds like a great read!
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    Ashley C

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  17. It's fun to read books like this once in a while. I'm normally cautious and would never do the things the characters engage in so it's a hoot to live vicariously.

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    1. Yes. I'm like you - much too cautious. Which is why this book becomes a great escape!

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  18. I'm looking forward to Smash & Grab-it's good to just relax with a book once in awhile.

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    1. Yes. I always promote reading and relaxing. The best combo ;)

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  19. I am always looking for fun new books to read

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    1. Then this one sounds like your kind of book <3

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  20. I seriously need to pick this book up! Sounds like my kind of story.

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  21. Sounds like a good book....adventure and romance, always a nice mix

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  22. I am always happy to find new books and authors to read, thanks for the review! Sounds like a fun read!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it <3

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  23. Sounds like an interesting read...excited to try and thanks for this great prize opportunity!!!

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  24. I would like to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  25. Thank you so much for the giveaway, I look forward to reading the book!

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  26. I am looking forward to reading this book!

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  27. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review

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  28. I'm glad you said there was plenty of banter between the characters, I need that for a book to keep my interest. Thanks for the chance to win. Billie R. kekagel@yahoo.com

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    1. The banter was perfection! You'll definitely like it ^^

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  29. Sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for your review was great reading it

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  30. would never tell the wildest thing I've ever done on the internet but have done a few wild things

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  31. The craziest thing I've ever done is went parasailing. And also, having babies. haha.

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    1. Hahaha both definitely crazy but I hope both were amazing experiences too :)

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  32. awesome!
    rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  33. I haven't done many wild things. I'm pretty tame. Sometimes I'll try some daring sports, but not often.

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    1. I can relate because I'm a pretty tame person as well. But we have things that are wild in respect to ourselves, so it's all good ^^

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  34. Im not a big fan of books that switch a lot, but this plot sounds really fun! So I am gonna give it a chance!

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    1. Some people really don't like more than one point of view. I understand that, but it's also good that you'll give it a go! Yay!

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  35. This sounds like very interesting book! Would love to read it!

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  36. Thanks for the great giveaway
    Entry form Marlene V.

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  37. heyy :) I'd like to read this book. I'm so curious.

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    1. You should really pick it up whenever you have the time to :)

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  38. The cover looks fun, fingers crossed.

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    1. The cover was the first thing that drew me in!

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  39. It sounds really good and the cover is awesome!

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  40. Such a great giveaway :) and amazing review once again :D love going through your blog!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to maul through so many of my posts! <3 You're the kindest!

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  41. Thank you for this lovely review!
    And thanks for the opportunity.
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  42. Would love to win thanks for the chance!

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  43. Thank you so much for the review and giveaway!

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  44. thank you so much sweetie for this awesome giveaway

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a great read.

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  46. I definitely want to read this! The Rapunzel gif at the end sums it up hehe! :3

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    1. I'm glad you like the gif! Rapunzel is brilliant ;)

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  47. Thanks for doing this great giveaway!

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  48. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would really like to read this book!

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  49. The plot sounds great! Thanks for the chance.

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  50. The wildest thing I ever did was go white water rafting. i was terrified.

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    1. Now that sounds insane but like a whole load of fun too!

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  51. Such a cool prize! Sounds like an awesome read!

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  52. sounds like a fun one

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  53. Thanks for hosting this giveawy! It would make a great gift!

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    1. I know it's one I would've been happy to have received :3

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  54. Nice post. I think this is right up my sister's alley.

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    1. If you do get it for her, I hope she likes it :c

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  55. Sounds great. Thanks so much for the chance

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  56. This does sound like a great light, romantic read. Happy you loved it so much.

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    1. It was a lot of fun and I loved reading it ^.^

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