Book Review: Heist SocietyAuthor: Ally Carter
Published: February 2010
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery
Series: Heist Society #1
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
I had just finished Kinslayer and I really needed something, light and NOT covered in blood. Heist Society delivered. While probably appealing to a younger generation of teens, Heist Society proved to be a charming and quick read, something I desperately needed at the time. The main character Kat is endearing and her determination to save her father is admirable. The love story was well done. Not too over the top and leaving us to hope for more between Kat and Hale in the next installment. Probably my only qualm, and to some I'm sure this isn't a qualm, was the story played out a little too much like the hit movie Ocean's Eleven, only with teenagers as the masterminds. Still enjoyable I just needed more originality to give Heist Society higher marks. I'm awarding Heist Society 3.5 out of 5 stars, and the next time I need a break from some dark fantasy books I'll probably pick of the sequel to see what Kat and Hale are up to!