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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Release: 2010
Pages: 287
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Review: I can't believe that I waited so long to read this book after having read Ally's first series! I should have known that this book would be just as awesome as the books in her first series would be.

First we meet Katarina Bishop who happens to be at one of the best schools that there exists. She is being accused of committing a terrible thing against the headmaster of the school. After being taken back to the life that she tried so hard to leave. After she is told why she was forced to leave what had been her home, she has to go through a journey that will help her father.

I loved Kat! She was smart and didn't let others decide for her. She was determined and had courage to do what she had to even when everything seemed to go downhill. Those are the kind of girls that I wish authors would write about. She was funny and had to make some decisions that affected others, not only her. Some of the things she did shocked me a bit but they seemed to fit her.

Hale was also great! He was always saying the funniest things that lightened the mood. I could tell that he really cared for Kat and only wanted to help her. He wasn't from the family but was always willing to help when it was needed. Plus, he was smart enough to figure some things out and that's something that I enjoyed reading about.

And how about the others? Of course they were equally as awesome! The conversations between Angus and Hamish were hilarious! Gabrielle, Kat's cousin, seemed to be like any typical girl who worries about boys and looking good but deep inside she's just like Kat. Simon serves as the genius who knows all about technology.

I never thought that I would enjoy reading a book about a thief but Heist Society changed my mind. I loved reading about the plans they had to do and the things they had to find out before even attempting to steal what they wanted. I can't wait to read Uncommon Criminals since I know that Ally Carter will have done an amazing job on it!

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