Monday, August 1, 2011
Review for Heist Society by Ally Carter
Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society, #1
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
Synopsis: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Verdict: This was a great story about family, love, righting-wrongs, oh and thieves. This book will steal your heart and have you wishing that back in kindergarten you'd told everyone that you wanted to be a professional thief. But the good kind of thief- of the Katarina Bishop Variety. Kat was the main character in this book and she was very well-developed and likeable. She grew throughout the story and finally found her place in her family of thieves.
Another thing I loved about this book was the "family." I put family in quotation marks because one half of them aren't really blood related. But in all sense of the word they were still a family. They stood by each other through thick and thin. They were great! I loved Simon (the smart one), the Bagshaw brothers-Hamish and Angus (the funny ones), Gabrielle (the pretty one), Hale (the swoon-worthy one), and of course Kat (the leader). Nick was a temporary part of their group but I honestly didn't like him very much.
The bad guy Arturo Taccone was a "cool" kind of evil guy. I very much disliked him, but I had to admit that he was cool in his own right. Overall, this was a fun, light and fast-paced read that I would recommend to anyone!
Now I'm off in search of the sequel...........
Rating: 5/5 Stars