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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

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 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."- summary from Amazon

Carter has got the market on spy books; her attention to detail and clever plotlines make her books the most fun to read and they're so unique. I don't think I've ever read a book about a family of thieves before. Heist Society is the start of a new series, and it's one I know Gallagher Girls fans will enjoy immensely, especially while waiting for the next GG book. Kat is a bold, serious, and very smart heroine, one readers can look up to and root for.

Carter does a great job with romance too, and this novel is no different. It's definitely a lower-tier plotline, as the story is more about the heist, but it shines through in the small patches it's in and is realistic in its portrayal. It takes time for a romance to begin and blossom, and the signs are starting, and it's just so cute. I loved it, and am really wanting to see how it all turns out!

The scenarios Carter writes are so amazing and full of suspense, and it was so hard to put the book down. I flew through this book and loved reading about Kat's adventure, as well as about all the exotic places she went to throughout the story; I didn't want it to end, though of course it had to. I'm excited about it being a series, and I can't wait to see what happens next to Kat and her friends!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Amazon link is an Associate link; all profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. "Kat is a bold, serious, and very smart heroine, one readers can look up to and root for"

    You just sold me with that line!I love me some strong heroines.

    :D Loved your review and will try to get the book soon.


  2. Great review. I already wanted this one being a huge fan but knowing you loved it makes me want it even more.

    Did you see Ally is coming to Politics&Prose on 16th Feb? I hope I can make it.

  3. AnimeGirl- Awesome! The book is out next Tuesday. :)

    Alexa- I did! I've been chatting with Ally about it and I will be there! Although actually it's at a Bethesda library, I think, but it's sponsored by P&P though. Check Ally's blog for info. I hope you can make it too! :)

  4. How lucky are you to read this one early?!?! I can't WAIT to dive in to Ally's new series. :-)

  5. I'll be honest, I'd never heard of this title before now, but your review definitely got me interested in reading it. Thanks!

  6. I haven't read any of Ally Carter's book, but I definitely want to check them out!