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Review: HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter

Posted by on June 30, 2011
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) 
Ally Carter
287 pages
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Release Date: May 17th, 2011
Source: Paperback from Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

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.

It happens often: I pick up a book not knowing what to expect. What doesn’t happen very often: I pick up a book without even reading what its about. All I knew of Heist Society was from the cover… and the title of course.

The rest, was a surprise. A surprise I liked. Because Heist Society is just as good as everyone said it would be.

Ally Carter’s writing style created crystal-clear images in my head that, at the same time, left me with room to imagine things the way I wanted. I liked that. Among other things… Kat is an awesome main character – she’s not extremely tall and outright gorgeous. She’s petite and your average girl, only with the instinct of a thief.

A thief who left the life to try an live a normal one. Of course, it doesn’t work, and she ends up being kicked out of Colgan School, a prestigious school where Kat expertly conned her way into.

With the gorgeous Hale and her teenage crew, Kat has to do what she’s never done before. Rob a place no one’s robbed before. Except for a legendary person she’s pretty sure doesn’t exist. But more than that, she’s stealing for a reason she’s never had before. Because sometimes, it takes a thief to catch a thief.

The whole story, from the deadline to the many places Katarina Bishop visited, was well-written and intriguing. Though I’m pretty sure I’m the last person in the world to read Heist Society, I highly recommend it if you haven’t!

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  1. Oh, yay! I love Heist Society. It's just pure fun! I really like the friendship that Kat and Hale have, and the underlying currents of sexy in it are so natural. Glad you liked it!

  2. I have actually not read this one either. I have heard tons of great things on it though but I just thought it wasn't for me. Your review was fantastic. Now I think that I do need to check it out. Thanks, Hafsah! =)

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