Saturday, July 2, 2011
Review of Heist Society
Goodreads Summary: "When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 (very crooked) history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way."
Kat was a fun character who had me grinning from the start. She’s sarcastic, witty, and completely determined to outsmart everyone around her. One of the things that really made me smile about Kat was the fact that there is more to her than just being this amazing thief; in fact you’re also reminded throughout the book that she is just a teenage girl at heart as she is occasionally distracted in her work by the cuteness of the males around her. This came across as so natural to me and a great subtle reminder at points that she was in fact not an adult.
Hale is the kind of guy that would always keep a girl on her toes. He’s the best friend that has been around forever and at times seems to know Kat better than she knows herself. I wouldn’t say I’m in love with Hale quite yet but I will admit to a little crush.
The only slight downside for me, besides the fact that this book ended way too quickly, was the fact that I didn’t learn as much about Kat’s teenage crew as I would have liked. I knew enough to tell them all apart, to recognize certain key traits, and a few creative mishaps that the individuals had gotten themselves into but I wish I could have spent a little more time with them. Unfortunately Kat has a knack for going off on her own which left them in the dust at times. Hopefully as the series continues I’ll get to spend more time with the mischievous cast.
I'm giving Heist Society by Ally Carter a four out of five stars review. It was a fast-paced, fun story that I felt as though I could just dive right into. I loved the camaraderie between the characters, the cleverness of the plot, and the fact that there's a sequel already out that's waiting for me.
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Posted by Ash at 9:14 PM