07 April 2010

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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.

The Low-Down
If you loved the Gallagher Girls series, you'll love Ally Carter's "Heist Society".  Using the same humorous style of the Gallagher Girls books, Ally Carter brings to life a whole new crew starring Kat Bishop.  Her father is being blamed for stealing a high and mighty art collector's paintings.  To clear her father's name, Kat takes it upon herself to steal the paintings back--from one of the most prestigious museums in the world.  While struggling with raging teen hormones, Kat has to devise a plan to get into the museum, steal the paintings, and get back out--without getting caught and without bodily injury.  The only problem is someone's bringing an old infamous thief back from the dead and it's just another mystery to solve for Kat.
The Romance Deal
If the teasing romances in the Gallagher Girls frustrated you, you'll find a similar frustration in Heist Society.  Kat's faced with two very different, yet similar boys who are wanting for her affection.  I personally liked how it turned out at the end.  There was a huge twist that left you, "Holy crap."  Although, at the end it had me grinning.  That's always important.  And I like when authors end the book with a romance scene, even if this one was only teasing.  Just be careful.  Don't throw the book across the room when the frustrating parts come along...cause they will.
The Best Part
I absolutely love two kinds of books: spy books, and thief books.  It's why, when I found out Heist Society was coming out, I immediately put a reservation in at my library.  I wanted it.  First thing.  And I wasn't disappointed.  Ally Carter knows what she's talking about when she writes her books.  Should we be concerned for what her real line of work is? ;)  She must have spent weeks going over every spy and thief movie she could get her hands on.  Jason Bourne weekend anyone?  I love the fact that her books are always clean and fun to read.  Her style is flawless in each of her books, but all of her books have a distinctive feel to them.
The Low-Down
The only bad part about this book was the length.  I love the style, the content, the cleanliness of it but if only it were longer!

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 287
  • published - February 2010
  • publisher - Disney-Hyperion
  • genre - contemporary
  • received via - Amazon
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Heist Society
    • Heist Society
    • Uncommon Criminals
    • Perfect Scoundrels