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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 09 Feb 2010
ISBN: 1423116399
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 304
Websites:
Ally Carter – Official Site
Ally Carter – Blog
Ally Carter – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Upstate New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy; Warsaw, Poland; London, England; and Paris, France

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: 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 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.


When I first heard that Ally Carter was coming out with a new series I was both excited and wary. Excited because I really enjoyed her Gallagher Girls books and wary because I wasn’t sure if a new series would live up. Well, I shouldn’t have worried because not only did Heist Society live up to the goodness of Gallagher Girls it surpassed it. I really enjoyed this book. To get an idea of what its like think about if the characters in Ocean’s 11 or on the tv show Leverage had children who grew up in their world….these are the teens that you find in Heist Society they live on the edge of the law and stealing and pulling cons is as easy for them as breathing air is for us.

I loved the cast of characters in this book. They were all just so much fun! And where Cammie Morgan can sometimes get annoying and repetitive Kat does not. She is smart and feisty and she tries to leave the life she’s always known to be a normal teen. But normal isn’t what its cracked up to be and its hard to turn your back when your family needs your help. So she’s pulled back into the life of cons and we are taken along for the ride across the US and Europe. Heist Society was a well told story, it was fast paced and filled with enough witty lines that had me laughing aloud as I read the book. I couldn’t put this one down and I hated for it to end. There wasn’t anything that I can say that I disliked in this book it just seemed to have it all. Adventure, strong characters, strong plot, romance, etc etc etc. I can’t wait for Carter to come out with a sequel for this book. If you decide to only read one series of Ally Caarter, then choose this one….its worth the trip.

3 Responses to “Heist Society by Ally Carter”

  1. Tiffany Schmidt

    I loved it! It reminded me of The Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean’s 11. The characters are fun and I loved the countdown-to-heist format.