Friday, 13 December 2013

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 287 pages
Release Date: February 9th, 2010
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recieved From: Chapters
Edition: Paperback

Synopsis (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.

I loved this book. I love this book. This was such a fun book to read! I loved the characters, the plot, the was amazing. I could spend my whole review writing about how amazing it was just using the word amazing over and over and over again. But I won't.
Katarina Bishop is an interesting character: she grew up in a man's world and has never really acknowledged her 'feminism', unlike her cousin Gabrielle. I enjoy Ally Carter's writing style, and just like with the Gallagher Girl series, she was able to pull me in within just a couple of pages. Kat lives an interesting lifestyle: she is a thief. Or better yet, was. It was interesting to see her get back into the dynamics of her family life after her former best friend and partner-in-crime, W.W Hale the V, frames her for a crime to bring her back home.
Katarina is a smart and witty character, who, despite her lifestyle is style a normal teenage girl. She can face criminals with dirty histories, she can con people from their stuff, and she can steal from the most secure places in the world...yet she still can't talk to guys or feel 100% comfortable in a dress.
With her very down-to-earth personality and unconventional lifestyle, Kat, her friends and family made Heist Society an amazing novel!
3 out of 5 stars!

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