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Heist Society by Ally Carter

I added Heist Society to my TBR list when I saw it on a YA recommendations list somewhere.  I was intrigued by the premise– sort-of a teenage Ocean’s 11 or Italian Job.  I’m a big fan of those movies (and YA, obviously), so I was really looking forward to this book.

Here’s the synopsis from Ally Carter’s website:

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 was a cute book.  (Wow, that’s such a bland way to start.)  But it is LITERALLY a cute book.  I love the cover and wish I had those sunglasses.

I’ve never read any of Ally Carter’s books before, although her Gallagher Girls series is on my TBR.  I liked the hook at the beginning of the story– the idea of a good girl made to do bad things and who really just wants a normal life.

And of course, there’s a cute boy named Hale (love that name!) who’s rich and protective and thoughtful and blah blah blah teenage romance goodness.

My favorite character in this book though has to be Hale’s butler (I can’t remember his name) or the British twins, Hamish and Angus, who definitely remind me of a non-wizard-version of Fred and George Weasley.

The ending of the book is really well written.  There is a definite sense of closure, but there are enough questions out left out there to possibly answer later.  There is a sequel coming out next year sometime, but this book can stand on its own just fine.

Four stars because I really liked it, but I didn’t luuuurve it.  (Anyone know what book that’s from?)

  1. August 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve wondered about this book. It looked good. Glad to know you liked it. I’ll put it on my TBR list.


  2. August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    definitly on my to read list!

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