Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1) by Ally Carter: Book CoverHeist Society by Ally Carter 

  • Pub. Date: February 2010
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Format: Hardcover , 287pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult
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 juston 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.

My Thoughts:

I had heard a lot of great things about this series so I probably had really high expectations when it came to Heist Society.  The storyline itself was well thought out and had no gaps or questions left hanging.  I found all of the heists and history in this book to be amazing well put together.  I like that Kat had to rely on the people she left behind to now help her father get out of the trouble that he was in.  In premises, the heist reminded me a lot of The Thomas Crowne Affair.  I think that this was one things that really drew me into the book and made me not put it down.  This was one that I read in one sitting.  I just had to know how they were going to pull it off or if they were.

I felt like Kat and Hale were extremely well developed and I had a great understanding of their background and how they had gotten to where they were.  On the flip side of that, I felt like some of the secondary character could have been better developed.  I wanted to know more about them and why they were in Kat’s life to the point that she would trust them with this.  

Ally Carter’s writing style is clean and well organized.  There were many well executed surprised in the story line that seemed to just pop out of no where but the characters responded in record time and I found this to be great!  Overall, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading book #2 in the near future.  It also made me think a lot about what it must be like to grow up in such a crazy crooked family.

My Rating:

4 Penguins

Well thought out and executed

A book that I could not put down!

 

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Some of you might have noticed that it has been pretty quiet around here for the last few days.  That’s because we headed north for the last long weekend before school started.  That’s right everyone, school in Michigan doesn’t start until the day after labor day.  So that being said, I got a ton of reading done because….there is only dial up and it is SUPER slow.  Anyway on with the summary.

Finished:

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose: Book CoverBut I Love Him by Amanda Grace: Book CoverHeist Society (Heist Society Series #1) by Ally Carter: Book CoverPure Red by Danielle Joseph: Book CoverLinger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2) by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Cover

 

 

 Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose –  Awesome Great Can’t Wait to Review!

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace – super sad but so glad I read it

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Pure Red by Danielle Joseph

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Currently Reading:

Love Story by Jennifer Echols: Book CoverDemonglass (Hex Hall Series #2) by Rachel Hawkins: Book Cover

Coming Up Next:

Not sure yet.  I need a bit of a change in pace but not sure what that really means.  Not to mention I have about 7 reviews to write.

Not sure what David is up to reading.  Most of the weekend he was checking out Photography books.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Alright, I do not understand what is going on with me other than maybe it is just really busy, but I had a really hard time finishing just one book this week.  I have got to get over this or August is going to be a huge failure.  David also did zero reading this week.  I know that two days were consumed by work followed by Vacation Bible School and family events this weekend but I hope this week is better.  That being said, I know already that I have 3 nights of VBS and an all day long airshow on Saturday.  I am just going to see how it goes.  I also had to sit aside Scorpio Races for now, I was having trouble focusing on it so I am going to come back to it in a few weeks.
Finished:
Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1) by Rachel Hawkins: Book Cover
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – Review Coming Soon
Currently Reading:
Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Book Cover
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Coming Up Next:
Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1) by Ally Carter: Book Cover
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Like I said before, nothing from David he is a bit stuck right now.
It’s Monday What Are You Reading?