ARC Review: Money Run

April 2, 2013 Review 18

ARC Review: Money Run
Money Run by Jack Heath
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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 256
Release Date: April 1st 2013
Series: Ashley Arthur #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Just. Plain. Awesome.

I sat down with this book with no real intention of starting that night, I was just checking it out. Next thing I know, it is 2 o’clock in the morning and I finished it. Thriller, indeed.

Ashley Arthur became a thief when her house was robbed when she was younger-she stole back her stuff. After a her mother leaves her father poor and distraught, Ashley starts her career as a thief in order to help him out financially. Benjamin, her best friend gets caught up in all this because he has a major crush on Ashley and would do anything to help her out.

They receive anonymous tips that tell them where the big money is and this time, they hit the jackpot. Their source tells them that a billionaire has hidden something worth two hundred million dollars in his building, and Ashley and Benjamin plan to steal it. Unlucky for them, an assassin has his eye on the billionaire at the same time the heist is planned to go down.

I was expecting a Gallagher Girls book, but MONEY RUN is far from that. Teenage criminals, government assassins, double agents, double crossers, a detective who is too smart for his own good, nonstop action, unpredictable plot twists, and two hundred million dollars make up MONEY RUN.

I loved the multiple POVs. We get into the head of Buckland, the billionaire who has a hit out on him, Ashley-the teenage thief, and a detective who deserves to be called the next Sherlock Holmes. Each had such a unique voice, and I loved each and every one of them. You would think so many POVs would lessen the suspense because you always know what is going to happen but it only heightens it!

Jack Heath is one sneaky author. I am pretty sure he takes into account what you think will happen and does the exact opposite. It was fantastic, because I was genuinely surprised for most of the novel. It kept me on my toes, and there was never a lull in the action.

If you are the type of person who watches action movies and screams, “That is so not possible in real life!” then this is not for you unless you are capable of letting go of the logic behind it all. It is an entertaining, fictional novel. All the best things defy reality anyway.

Highly recommend this!

18 Responses to “ARC Review: Money Run”

  1. Megan TheBookBabe

    And this is the time when Megan says: OMG this looks awesome! I haven’t ever heard of it before, but…THRILLER! Woohoo! I’m glad that you liked it, Alise. Ashley sounds really cool, and this sounds really intense. I also really like the cover. LOL. Fabulous review, Alise!

    Megan@The Book Babe


    A SPY(ish) NOVEL! YUS!
    I’ve been waiting for the day when Alice reads an hardcore action book!
    A quick question: what would you compare it to? Like is it “shadow and bone good”?
    The cover is amazing by-the-way, it would really get me into espionage (ish) mood.
    -Regards Eddie

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      Baha! It’s not really a conscious choice, I just always seem to pick up non-action novels! I’m awful at comparing two five star books because they are excellent in their own ways and so different. I do think you would really like this though!

  3. anothernovelread

    Sounds like an action-packed thriller! I have a feeling if I decide to read this, my experience will be similar to yours – entire book read in one sitting. It’s how I felt about False Memory, too. :D

  4. rivie bleu

    The cover looks like it’s part of a movie. It looks so cool! I get mad at my dad because he always says that about movies. I ask him why he watches it if he’s just going to say that. But I’ve realized I’m like him lol, I think that about books, I’m trying to look at them as fiction. And you are right, we get so many cool stories and characters that defy reality. Isn’t that why it’s called fiction? Sounds like an interesting plot, though I’d like to see it in a movie

  5. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    I’m interested about the detective especially since you compare him to Sherlock Holmes. I’m assuming he’s always after the two teens which sounds thrilling to me. Fast getaways, them getting almost caught all the time – sounds cool. I find it kind of weird that we are rooting for thieves but I’m sure they have their reasons. It’s awesome nonetheless. I’m curious to see what the two main characters relationship is like. It sounds cute to me <3 Thanks for the review!

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      He’s just that smart and deductive! The teenage thieve thing, there is a reason behind it, but I don’t fully support the idea either. The ending will explain, though! Thanks for your comments!

  6. Bec

    Oh yeah, I want to read this. It’s reminding me of the Heist Society series (thieves! Cons! etc), but from the sounds of things it’s more serious and action packed. I think I’d love it.

  7. Renae M.

    Oh man! I have heard absolutely nothing about this book until now. But lately I’ve been looking for YA thrillers, and this sounds great! I haven’t read Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series yet, though I have read the first two Heist Society novels, but it seems like Money Run is much more intense and gripping than Carter’s writing, which is exactly what I want! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  8. Lauren Elizabeth

    Ooh I love when I hear a blogger meant to just take a peek and then stayed up all night reading a book. I love thrillers that suck you in and don’t let you go. Definitely picking this one up! I have no trouble suspending my disbelief during action movies, as long as the suspense is thrilling. Wonderful review, thanks for putting this on my radar!

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