Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Summary:When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip 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 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.

Review: Ally Carter has done it again. After reading the first two books in The Gallagher Girls Series, I was very happy to find out Ms. Carter had another book coming out. This one about thieves! Leave it to her to take a topic like this and write such a great book on it.

We're introduced to Kat, a girl who's grown up in a world of stealing and such. But she wants to change that. So she enrolls at a school. But then her friend Hale comes and brings her back to her old life. Why? A very dangerous man just happens to be after Kat's father because according to this man, Kat's father stole something of his. Now Kat finds it on to her self to save her father and prove that she wasn't running away.

So begins her quest to find out who did steal the paintings and to prove her father innocent. Who ever said that this was going to be easy? Along the way Kat get's help from her cousin, who she's not on the best terms with, two other family friends, and of course Hale. Reading about this group of teens roam the world was so much fun. They went from Paris to London to Las Vegas to Rome.

The relationship between Hale and Kat was so cute. I loved how at first they are friends but there's some clues saying that they're going to be more than that. Watching, or reading, their friendship relationship develop into somewhat love was very entertaining.

The big down side? The constant change of narrative and characters. I had to read back to see who was speaking, what was going on and what in the world they were talking about. Though the narratives were well written, I think a lot of details didn't necessarily need to be there. Some of the dialogue was unnecessary as well. The historical references were very researched , though they fictionalized, I can tell that Ms. Carter took time to research the paintings, the painters and other such historical references.

Heist Society was a fun, fast-paced book and one I highly enjoyed.

Grade:Go to fullsize image .5 I really liked it.

Cover: A+, the cover is what caught my attention. Not to mention the title. It was very Ally Carter like. You can tell that there's going to be some adventure, a little bit of romance, and a girl out to prove herself.

Overall: A great book. Fans of Carter's The Gallagher Girls Series will love this book. But if you're looking for a good book, then check this out also!


  1. Oh, I really want to read this one! Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm so going to read this. Awesome Review!