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Blogger Book Review: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 19, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Saturday has officially arrived; and with it, a review of Elizabeth Scott’s Stealing Heaven brought to us by Shanyn Day of the blog Chick Loves Lit.

Shanyn initially started Chick Loves Lit to review her favorite chick lit novels; but quickly moved on to exclusively reviewing YA literature. But anything involving books is A-Okay with Shanyn, as she states “I love reading, looking at books, visiting libraries, buying books for friends, going to book sales, organizing my books, finding used book shops… you name it!” Visit Chick Loves Lit for more reviews from Shanyn; but for now steal a glance at Stealing Heaven.

“When it comes to Elizabeth Scott books, I know that I don’t need to read the plot summary to be interested in the book – the author is enough. Because of this, I was completely caught off guard by ‘Stealing Heaven’.

A book with stealing in the name can obviously mean physical theft (as in money from a gas station or jewelry from a house) or something more metaphoric (making a new town your home, or as I assumed in this case, being so happy that you are ‘stealing heaven’). The cover of the book doesn’t help you decide which is true, either – the fun bright stripes kind of lead you to believe it will be a story about a girl finding happiness.

And it is.. in a way. But the bigger plot line is that a mother and daughter are thieves – in the physical way. They move to different cities, plan burglaries, and then move on. The burglary in this particular book centers around a city called Heaven, hence the name ‘Stealing Heaven.’ (Do we all get it now?)

I loved ‘Stealing Heaven’. We see the story through the eyes of the daughter, who questions the morals of her mother, discovers things about her past, and strives to move forward to become a better person – which isn’t the easiest thing when your mother is intent on stealing. The complex relationship of mother and daughter is what makes this book what it is – it is not a daughter detached from her family because she doesn’t believe in what they do – rather, it is an examination of what holds them close and why it’s so hard to break free.

I experienced many emotions while reading ‘Stealing Heaven’ – heartbreak, anticipation, anxiousness. Love. Hope. I loved the relationships that were formed and the lessons that were learned (and not learned). This is my favorite Elizabeth Scott book so far!

Book Cover: 4/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 10/10

Overall: 49/50″

Thank you to Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit for talking to us about Stealing Heaven.

Over to you…have you read Stealing Heaven? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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