Review: HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter

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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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    The Slowest Bookworm

    June 30, 2011

    That sounds so good! I hadn't even added this one to my wishlist before but I think I might just have to now. Great review!

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    Audrey (holes In My brain)

    June 30, 2011

    Great review! i thought this book was so much fun as well :)

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    June 30, 2011

    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!

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    June 30, 2011

    I haven't gotten around to reading this one either, despite hearing so much about it. But your review of it got me adding it to my list of books to track down. Thanks for the review!
    Book Light Graveyard

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    July 1, 2011

    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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    January 27, 2012

    You aren't the last I actually just read this one. I thought it was beyond adorable. The characters were so compelling!

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    January 6, 2013

    I finally got around to read this book. It was so refreshing! I love a little mystery and spy action :)

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    The Writer in the Background

    March 10, 2013

    This book was great! I'd never read the author's work before this, but I'm liking it now!