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Friday, September 2, 2011

Heist Society by Ally Carter

My sis has read several of Miz Carter's Gallagher Girls books, and this new series of hers looked interesting, so I picked up a copy of Heist Society. Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

I took a step away from the genres I've been reading recently (paranormal and dystopian) to read something a little different.

What I liked: 1) Hale's antics - he was really clever and always making me laugh. 2) Kat's crew of teenage...miscreants? Hooligans? I'm laughing just thinking about them all. You can't help but want to be a part of it! 3) I love books that make the bad guys the good guys. I mean, books shouldn't technically want to make you turn to a life of crime, although Kat's not "really" stealing...but I'd like to live this book. 4) The title and the cover are both really cute! 5) I liked how light the book was. It wasn't heavy on the emotional baggage, so it made it easy to understand, and enjoy.

What I didn't like: 1) I really wanted more details. The heist was on a strict deadline so I understand why everything moved quickly, but the story felt a little rushed.

Overall thoughts: This was kind of a teenage version of Ocean's Eleven. It was a fun, quick and easy read. I've got the next book, Uncommon Criminals on my TBR list, and I am planning on reading it pretty soon. Heist Society is definitely a nice book to break up your reading list if you are reading a lot of emotionally intense books! This is a fun series to get into, and I am looking forward to reading more about Kat and her future criminal activities.

My rating: 4 shots


  1. Cool review! I haven't read any of the Gallagher Girls books either.

  2. I loved Ocean's Eleven so I reckon I'll like this one! I also loved the Gallagher Girls series, so can't wait to start this. I agree, I really like books that make the bad guys good guys! Great review, thanks :).

  3. i am so excited for this. i just picked it up at borders! great review

  4. Rushed huh? Oddly that makes me want to read it more.

  5. I've heard good things about both of those books, and they're on my TBR list! (: I can't wait to get a hold of them!

  6. Great review! This ones on my TBR list too, which is growing way too big! :/ Lol

  7. I have this book in my TBR pile. Cool review!

  8. Annie - I'm not sure if I'm going to read GG, they seem a little young for me, but my sis loves them.
    Liz - There were so many instances where I thought, well, that sounds like Ocean's 11. Only...no George Clooney. LoL!
    Melissa - I hope you like it!! It won't take very long to read.
    JuJu - Apparently I am very picky about the pacing of a book. I've noticed that in a lot of my reviews I either say a book moved to fast or too slow. I guess I'm like Goldilocks and the book has to be "just right."
    Katie - Heist Society was good, and I anticipate Uncommon Criminals to be better. I haven't gotten very far into it, because I am reading too many books at one time!!
    Cameo - I know, I'll never finish my TBR list! Partially because I just keep adding to it!
    Caffeinejunkie - I hope you like it when you get around to it! I know how those TBR piles get!!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Y'all are great!


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