Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

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

Title: Uncommon Criminals
Series: Heist Society #2
Published: June 21st 2011 by Hyperion
ISBN: 1423147952 (ISBN13: 9781423147954)

Kat, again showed how precocious she truly is. She has a skill set that is well beyond her years, she is stronger and smarter than most girls at the young age of 15. Not only is she smart, but she’s very analytical, and sees the many sides to all problems. When she faces failure, she doesn’t give up; she uses this astounding skill set she has to try her best to right it. Her best friend, Hale, wasn’t born into the type of family she was. Kat hurts him over and over, yet he always forgives her, showing his unrelenting love for her. He’s also always there for her when she needs it, and his loyalty is easily visible. I agree with how their relationship was written, it isn’t rushed at all, and you can see how much they care for each other (even when Kat does hurt Hale.) Gabrielle makes the perfect cousin for Kat, they’d need to fight more to be sisters, although, like a sister she helps Kat along the way, and tries to give her helpful advice (about cons and Hale!) We also meet some new characters, one of them being Uncle Charlie, and I think he is perfectly described in the book.

"You see, by some standards he might be a little..."
"Weird." Gabrielle shrugged against her cousin's glare. "This man is ten pounds of kooky in a five-pound sack."
"He's eccentric," Kat tried
"He's got something of an artist's temperament."
"I say a screw loose." (Page 60)

Honestly, it took me a while to pick this book up after finishing the last. Although, once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. I was hooked, and a little disappointed in myself for not reading it earlier.
I thought the plot was really good. I guessed the ending, to a point, but the way it was set up was stunning. For me, the book never got old, and always kept me on my toes. They also kept those extra pages in the book that tell where she is and what day it is, and I was glad for that.
Perfect Scoundrels comes out February 5, 2013! And in the summary it says BOYFRIEND! I'm very excited to read it, though I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to, which is saddening.

So many books, so little time.
Book Nerd and Proud,

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