Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Heist Society by Ally Carter

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.


“Families are strange things--living things--in more ways than one. And family businesses…well, there was no limit to the oddness.”  - Ally Carter, Heist Society

This book took me a little by surprise. In a good way though. A while back I was in a bit of a reading funk. There were too many books to choose from, not enough time to read them all, and not sure what genre I felt like delving into. Someone from Goodreads recommended a ton of adventure/fantasy books, one of them being Heist Society. I kept seeing this book everywhere for a while, but finally gave it a go a few days ago. I am so glad I did, because this book was a lot of fun to read/listen to.

“Time, the greatest thief of all.”  -Ally Carter, Heist Society

And that is exactly what it feels like for Kat and her friends since they are racing against the clock in order to steal and return Arturo Taccone’s precious paintings back to him. Kat was a fun character to get to know. Her and Hale have an interesting relationship. They may not always see eye to eye on everything, but it is obvious that they trust on each other.

Heist Society is a humorous and lighthearted read/listen. I listened to this one on audio-book and I thought that the narrator did a really good job with all of the voices and also conveying the emotions of each character/situation. 

I liked the humor throughout the story. Like I said previously, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was easy to get into, and there was always something going on, so I never felt uninterested. Romance takes a backseat in this story, which I did not have an issue with. The bulk of the story revolves around trying to pull of the big Heist at The Henley. I just purchased the second book Uncommon Criminals,which I hope is even better than the first one. 

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5.



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1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this book! Seems like it would be a fun and easy read..

    - Camilla