Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book 62 of '10 Heist Society by Ally Carter

Dust Jacket Description:

"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."

Characters: Carter's appealing to a slightly older audience in Heist Society. I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it more than the Gallagher Girls series. Kat is clever as she tries to weave her heist, just as much as she is confused. Her upbringing is fascinating to read about. Hale is a hopelessly complicated boy I want to see more of in the sequel. Kat's family is full of tricks. I've always been an absolute sucker for art thieves. All of these characters make me want to shriek "more, more, more!" I can't wait for Heist Society 2. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing: A little more complex and darker than the Gallagher Girls. It made me love Carter a little bit more. The dialogue and intricacies are great. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: Fast paced and excellent. The middle zoomed past for me. 4 and a half flowers.

End: I am such a sucker for heists! This ending is BRILLIANT. I adore it. 4 and a half flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Not half bad. It's full of action and it intrigues me. Not to mention its accuracy. 4 flowers.

Cover: It's what would appeal to buyers, but I can't help but wish for something more intriguing. 4 flowers.

Overall: A fun, more adult like book by Carter. With heists, a steamy love interest and a twisty ending, this is right up my alley. 4 and a half flowers.


  1. Hooray! This is what I'm reading at the moment and just started it. I agree with you that it does seek an older audience, just a little bit. Thanks for your review :D

  2. I was on the edge about this book, cause it's hardcover and therefore expensive for thrifty*coughcheapchough* me. But this review has given me another reason to go out and get it!