Tuesday, February 2, 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.
Thieves, mystery and romance are what make up this adorable new series by Ally Carter called Heist Society respectively.
To be honest, I was actually a bit scared to start this because I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to Ally's previous YA series Gallagher Girls. Though, it did, thankfully, making it a series I'll definitely be looking out for in the future.
Moving on, I loved the premise and the execution of it was pretty great, too. Since, I liked the action packed trip Ally took you on in this and the mystery that made this trip possible always keep you on your toes. Also, the third person narrative lead it to be even more mystifying! Though, while I did enjoy the premise and writing that made it a typical cute read by Ally, I felt that some of the scenes were a bit hazy, leaving me to be a confused at what exactly was happening at times.
The characters were also great adds because each had a distinctive role, but I loathed the clichéd roles that they tended to take on a times. Though, with saying that, I did like the characters well enough, especially Katrina and Hale who were no doubt my favorites.
In all, Heist Society is a fabulously fun novel even with the faults it had. I look forward to seeing the next additions to the series!
Heist Society by Ally Carter will be released February 9th 2010!
Source: Publisher. Thanks Hallie!