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July 19, 2011

Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society #1
Release Date: February 9th 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Age: Young Adult
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled 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.
I love the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, so Heist Society was on my wishlist since it was published.

Kat and her family are thieves. Although she has helped her father to steal, now she wants to have a new life where she can go to school and just be a regular girl. But it's difficult to run from your life while your father is being accused of stealing to a dangerous Italian millionaire. It's in her hands to find the paintings stolen and give them back, to save her father's life.

I liked the idea of thieves, but I loved that Kat felt guilty about it. All members of her family are thieves, even her best friend Hale. It's not easy to come back to the family business while everybody is judging you.

What I love about this author is that her books aren't just another love story. Obviously there is a possible romance between Kat and Hale, but the book doesn't focus only on that.

Although is was interesting the theme about thieves and plans to steal, I think the characters needed to be more developed. Kat is a girl everyone will like and probably any girl can relate to her. Hale has more personality, as her cousin Gabrielle.

Heist Society is an interesting book, original and easy to read. I definitely recommend it if you want to read something different. It's the first book of the Heist Society series, but the next one, Uncommon Criminals, is already available.


  1. I want to read this one mostly because I've heard great things about the misterious Hale. I don't know why I haven't yet!

    Mary (mfay2) @ Anxirium

  2. Sounds good. I love your description of Kat. I like her already.

  3. They were an enjoyable group. Gabrielle cracked me up. I do hope the romance gets more intense. They just hinted at it in this one. A fun read!