20 August 2011

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life 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.

If you haven't picked up an Ally Carter book yet, consider your life incomplete until you do so.  If you don't want to read about a smart thief and a gorgeous best friend (also a thief), then check out the Gallagher Girls: they're spies.  (You can't say you don't like thieves or spies, because everyone likes at least one or the other.)

If you need MORE reasons to make Ally Carter your new favorite author:

Thieves.  Yes, I realized I already mentioned this, but you've got to admit that it takes a lot of talent to successfully write a book about teenage thieves without making it into a middle grade novel.  This new installment in the Heist Society series was a lot edgier than the first book.  Kat is dealing with a lot of crap: with her family, with her identity, and with Hale.  I totally lent my heart out to Kat through the entire book.  (And yelled at her a lot when she wouldn't confront Hale with…certain topics.)

Humor.  I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for funny books.  Even if it has the WORST main character ever, if she's funny (she can't be all that bad) then I'll usually read the entire book without too much trouble.  Kat, besides being a completely AWESOME main character, is funny.  So is everyone else.  Especially Hale when he's mad. ;) 

Characters.  Did I mention Kat's a world-famous thief?  Just think about it: being an infamous con artist makes her smart.  And not just smart, but clever. (Yes, there IS a difference, just like robbing a casino and robbing AT a casino.)  So Kat is awesome, and Hale is sexy, and Simon is adorable, and Gabrielle is…apparently cursed, and Nick is…well, he's sexy, too.  Don't forget the Scottish twins and legendary uncles.  So yeah.  In summation, you've got a great set of characters.

Plot.  Wow.  And I thought Patricia Briggs was the only author who could surprise readers with such class.  Ally Carter drives her characters seemingly into a corner with no escape whatsoever (even for the world-famous thieves) and then slams you with a plot twist that is so awesome that it's beyond incredible.

I could go on and on.  Ally Carter has presented a great addition to Heist Society and I can't wait to see what she adds to this series.

Book Info:

  • pages – hardcover, 298
  • published – June 2011
  • publisher – Hyperion
  • genre – contemporary fiction
  • received via – the ever-awesome Liz @ Consumed by Books
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Heist Society
    • Heist Society
    • Uncommon Criminals
  • other books by Ally Carter
    • Gallagher Girls series
      • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
      • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
      • Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
      • Only the Good Spy Young
      • (coming soon) Out of Sight, Out of Time
    • Cheating at Solitaire
    • Learning to Play Gin