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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Published: February 2010
Source: The Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled 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 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history. 

Heist Society is a fast, fun read that transports you into the world of professional thieves: who are teenagers. I really enjoyed the concept, but some things just didn't really seem to click for me.

I thought that Carter could have gone deeper into the back-story. We know that Kat's father is a thief, we know that her uncle is too, but that's about all that we know about them. As well as Kat's mother. Some things I just didn't feel were fully explained, and I wanted to know more.

I really liked Kat, she's a no nonsense type of girl who can really kick butt and hold her own against the bad guys. Hale was an intriguing character, but I don't think that I ever really got to know him. I didn't have much of a connection with the other supporting characters either, which is one of the things I like best about the Gallagher Girls series.

The plot was nicely paced and played out, and the whole book was very interesting, I guess I was just looking for more meat. Maybe I'll get those connections in the sequel(s), which I am looking forward to.

Characters: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Originality: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Overall: 42/50 B
Cover Comments: Love it! I love the expression and the glasses with the reflection, everything!


  1. I really want to read this. Thx for the review!

  2. Really nice review. Glad you liked it!

  3. I liked this too. It was the first book by Ally Carter that I read. After reading the Gallagher Girls books I definitely prefer those. I liked Cammie and her friends much more than Kat. Good review! I hope things improve with book 2.

  4. Sounds like a fun, engaging read! If I see this I'll pick it up.

  5. That's it. You're the second positive review I've read today of this book. I'm going to go put it on hold at the library now. :)


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