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Ally Carter is one of my favorite authors. I will read anything she writes, which is why I read the first two books in her Heist Society series, Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals. I read Heist Society a while ago, but apparently never posted a review of it (I couldn’t believe it!), so this post is a dual review!
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip 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 Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. 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 history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Both Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals are fun, smart capers mixed in with teenage girlness (is that a word?). I loved watching the plan unfold, it’s like reading a teen version of Ocean’s Eleven. The characters are all in the know about what is about to happen, but the reader doesn’t discover the plan in its entirety until it is actually occurring, which makes for an exciting read.
I like Katerina Bishop, but don’t always understand why she does what she does. My only complaint with this series is that I don’t “get” why she pushes people away and thinks she has to do things alone. I know her mother died, but I guess I haven’t seen the connection yet. Maybe more of that will be explained in the next book?
I listened to both Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals on audiobook. The narrator is fun, and although her Scottish accents sometimes slip, she does a pretty good job with the different voices. So, I recommend this series if you’re a fan of Ally Carter or just looking for an entertaining read!
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Heist Society (Feb. 9 2010)
Uncommon Criminals (June 21, 2011)
Length: Heist Society (6 hrs and 6 mins)
Uncommon Criminals (6 hrs and 47 mins)
Narrator(s): Angela Dawe
Series: First and second in the Heist Society series
Buy the Book: Heist Society