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 themfor good?
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Caleb Roehrig is the author of White Rabbit and Last Seen Leaving, which was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Buzzfeed.com. Caleb lives with his husband in Chicago.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oceans 11 meets Hamlet with drag queens, this story is full of wit and action. It's a heist story with fantastic characters, romance, and twists I didn't see coming. I was hooked from page one, and I read quickly dying to know what would happen next. I'm a huge fan of Caleb Roehrig's books and this one did not disappoint. In fact, this one might be my favorite of his.
Drag Queens. Heists. And another fabulous book from Caleb Roehrig. I don’t wanna give any spoilers so i’ll keep it short and sweet. This book is one that i had a hard time putting down. And when the audiobook comes out, I’ll jump on that ride again. I wish i had books like this when i was younger. Caleb is such a great storyteller. Do yourself a favor and read all his books.
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.
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 best work yet.
I loved Caleb Roehrig's debut and I just I loved this one too. I found Death Prefers Blondes extremely hard to get into. The characters are referred to on page as their real names and their drag names interchangeably. I was confused from the very beginning and I found it very difficult to keep the story straight, along with the personal relationships and motivations. I loved the premise and plot behind this book, I just couldn't get past that initial hurdle. I really wanted to love this one because I can see its place and others like it in the publishing world. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Feiwel and Friends through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*