So here's the synopsis:
Professional, experienced contract burglar. It’s not exactly something you can put on a business card.
Molly Miranda has made a successful living from “acquiring” valuables and delivering them to clients who pay buckets of cash for her unique services.
So what if she has to lie about her lavish lifestyle in Manhattan and her frequent trips out of the country? Molly has everything under control.
Things go astray when she knocks boots with her charming roommate right before taking off to Scotland with an untrustworthy wildcard on a job assignment that doesn’t go quite as planned. It doesn’t help that this new partner-in-crime is super annoying. And attractive…
Join Molly on her hilarious adventures as she dodges bullets, trespasses, wears disguises, and steals her way into trouble.
I'll start this review by stating the obvious: with first person stories, you'd better like the narrator, because you're going to be living in their head for many hours and hundreds of pages. I've put down books (not often, but it's happened) where everything else is awesome—plot, pacing, setting (zombiepocalypse!)—but the MC is so annoying and self-absorbed it is literally unreadable.
Thankfully, this is not that kind of book.
I absolutely adored Molly Miranda.
While different in plenty of ways, Molly reminds me a little of Charlaine Harris's wonderful Sookie Stackhouse: down to earth, self-deprecating, capable and independent, deliciously snarky but never nasty. While some aspects of her life are wild, others are perfectly mundane, and Jillianne Hamilton doesn't shy away from letting us in on the joke (ever had to pee while fooling around with a crush?).
Which brings us to the romance. We have the obligatory two boys (nice and naughty), and naturally the naughty one has more personality, but it’s a minor flaw. Hamilton writes the scenes with both love interests with a winning combination of genuine chemistry and real-life awkwardness that will appeal to fans of romance, chick-lit and mystery/thrillers.
The secondary characters are also strongly written. Hamilton has a sharp ear for dialogue, especially the easy banter between Molly and her best friend, Ruby. They're opposites in many ways, but she takes the time to show you why they click.
And oh Audrey, how I love thee! When she talks, I picture the perfectly posh and utterly hilarious woman in the PooPourri commerical…
Since this is mainly a YA blog, I'll just add that Molly Miranda is more NA, but there's nothing graphic sex or violence-wise that older teens couldn't handle. Some swearing, but I'm a firm believer that when you need an f-bomb, there's just no substitute.
Hamilton handles the story with a deft touch, balancing action, laugh-out-loud zingers and romance with zippy pacing and a character you can really root for. This series makes me want to quit my day job and become a cat burglar with a condo on Central Park West and a passport full of cool stamps. I seriously can't wait for the next one.
You can preorder the Kindle edition of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire (Book 1) on Amazon. It releases Feb. 6. The paperback is available now, also on Amazon.
About the Author
Jillianne Hamilton is a writer and graphic designer. She studied Journalism and Interactive Multimedia in college and her writing has been published in The Truro Daily News, The Sackville Tribune-Post, Macleans OnCamous and the PEI Writes 2013 Anthology. Jill grew up in Nova Scotia and now lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast. She enjoys corgi GIF animations and chocolate cheesecake. Visit her website for more information.