Monday, June 3, 2013

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


After enjoying Heist Society so much, I was eager to begin the second book in the series. Uncommon Criminals is just as much fun as the first book. I was happy to discover that because sometimes the second book is not as good as the first.

This time Kat finds herself as a Robin Hood of sorts. Stealing precious artifacts and returning them to their rightful owners. She is contacted by an older woman named Constance Miller, who requests the assistance of Kat and hew crew in retrieving a supposedly cursed Emerald that several thieves have tried and failed to steal. All the characters are back this time around. Though this time they have a smaller, but just as valuable role in the book.

If you are looking for a fun and light contemporary read then I would recommend Uncommon Criminals. It isn’t completely necessary to read Heist Society first, but you would definitely understand Uncommon Criminals more if you did.  This story had a couple of surprises and twists that made the story more enjoyable. It was easy to get sucked into Kat’s world and I loved every second of it.

Rating: 4½ out of 5.


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