Monday, August 29, 2011

Heist Society by Ally Carter

I picked up Heist Society from the library after Zach from the Shade Trilogy went up against Hale from the Heist Society books in the YA Crush Tourney at YA Sisterhood.  I liked what Hale's team had to say so I made sure to check it out and I'm glad I did.

From Goodreads: 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.

This book was a great read.  Hale is a wonderful character who really helps draw you into the story.  I love Kat's character as well.  She faces some big questions and her solution to the problem is really interesting.  It's great how she is so loyal to her family and friends even though they'd pick her pockets in a heartbeat.  There is honor among these thieves.  For a criminal Kat has a really interesting sense of right and wrong.  I really enjoyed her as a character.  Normally, I don't dig the girl in YA novels.  They tend to be, well, teenage girls.  Dramatic and whiny or blind to the truth that is right in front of them.  Kat is pretty blind to the truth in front of her (that Hale is hot as heck and that he's probably interested in her for more than her mad cat burglar skills) but she's got a good head on her shoulders.  This was a fun, quick read that had action, adventure and sexual tension by the truckload.  I highly recommend this book to readers 12 and up.

The second Heist Society book, Uncommon Criminals, is out now.  You can find out more about Ally Carter and her books on her website and you can follow her on Twitter.  Click here to add the Heist Society books to your Goodreads.

Heist Society gets 4 Fairies for some uncommon criminals, the sort of heist of the century and HALE!

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