Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Monday, July 12, 2010

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From the Author of the Gallagher Girls Series, comes another great novel!

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter

Summary (B& When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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'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.

My Review: Ally Carter is the only author I’ve read who can successfully write an action novel that girls will really like and feel connected to. I loved every minute of this book. I’ve never read anything like this with thieves. These particular thieves, Katarina, her family, and friends, aren’t typical thieves, they are the very best. I was a little wary though before reading this. Heist Society has a plot line that is the opposite of Carter’s other books the Gallagher Girls series (which deal with spies, who help prevent thieves from achieving their goals). After reading those books I was afraid that I wouldn’t connect with the characters as well because I wouldn't have been on their “side” per say. But I was wrong, I was too caught up in the book to really care what was right or wrong, even though they weren’t wrong at all as you will find out if you read the book. The whole book was so very interesting and I’m so glad that Ally Carter’s writing more books about Katarina and her friends, making the Heist Society into a series.

Wanna read Ally Carter’s other books? Check out my review of books 2 and 3 in the series: