Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: 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 Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a 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 her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Title: Heist Society
Series: Heist Society #1
Published: February 9th 2010 by Hyperion Books
ISBN: 1423116399 (ISBN13: 9781423116394)

Just a little disclaimer: In this book, there is action, and thievery. Kat and Hale obviously have something going on there, but there is little to no romance.

Kat is one of those characters I immediately knew I would like. And this entire book, W. W. Hale the Fifth, and the rest of her crew, all being characters I loved (some more than others). Her crew, a ragtag group of kids, was kind of inspiring. They were all strong, and independent, plus very mature for their age. Especially Hale, why can’t there be more guys like Hale? High school would've been so much better. Even though there are gorgeous men in this book, there isn't much romance. I'm pretty sure in the entire book there's one kiss, and that wasn't for romantic reasons (at least it wasn't on Kat’s end). Carter does well setting the stage for a future romance (which, I must say, I do want. If there isn't I won't be unhappy but, still. Hale.)

Arturo Taccone, the villain who thinks Kat's dad stole his precious paintings, isn't all that scary to me. This being said, it didn't take away from the book for me. I think the book was about the con itself, Arturo was the reason for it, but not much else. I didn't like that even though her father was being watched by Interpol and had an alibi, he still keep on pressing that it was him who stole the paintings. He was pretty lame, I didn't really like him. I like how Kat deals with him in the end.

I liked how there were pages that said "...days until deadline" and showed their location, it was really cute, and as was the insight into Kats thoughts with the parentheses.

The book wasn't predictable, nor was the ending. Which, I must say, I did really enjoy. It’s light, fast and doesn't have much fluff. The plot had a lot of twists that I didn't expect, but I haven’t read many books like this. I have so many questions to be answered in the next book! Or, I might have to wait until the third. At least it comes out this year.

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