Thursday, 10 March 2011
Review- Heist Society by Ally Carter
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 priceless art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off 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.
What I Expected
The first thing that I thought when I saw Heist Society was: nice word pun. ‘Heist Society’ sounds like ‘high society’ when pronounced together, but thieves aren’t exactly high society, right? Ha-ha. Anyways, the book jacket as written above sounded really interesting, and I fell completely for the word pun.
It was a pretty good plot, full of action and a few twists. The best part about Heist Society was the sense of togetherness. Everyone had each other’s back, especially the teenage crew Kat puts together to pull off the enormous heist at the end.
I’ve been really interested in crime/thief stories since reading Artemis Fowl a few years back, and Heist Society actually had a girl thief, which was refreshing. The storyline was tight, the plot kept moving- it was a great book.
I loved Kat’s character. She was so independent, smart, and a great thief, which I generally wouldn’t include in a list of someone’s pros, but this is different. And Hale was a great character too, in his semi-detached way.
And Hale- oh my gosh, I have a total book-boy crush on him! No more needs to be said.
Arturo Taccone, the bad guy, was very interesting, too. I found him as fun to read about as Kat and Hale. Don’t you love it when the bad guys are people you almost start cheering for? Huh. Maybe it’s just me- or maybe it’s the Artemis Fowl bug that I still have.
I do wish the author had tied things up at the end, but there’s a sequel coming out! I can’t wait. In short, great book, great story, and suspenseful ending. And great word pun. I’m generally not a fan of word puns, but this is an exception. A must-read. I can’t wait to read the second book, ‘Uncommon Criminals’!
Rating: 5/5. Complete and total love for me. I don’t give too many 5s, but Heist Society deserves one. If you haven’t already, you need to go out and get this book.
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 2010