Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

My edition: Paperback, published in 2011 by Hyperion, 287 pages.

Description: 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.

Review:

This novel is an entertaining teen heist story in the likes of Leverage and Ocean's Eleven with an intriguing ending that makes me want to check out the next installment in the series.

The book wasn't anything groundbreaking, and the characters were all a bit cliche (the protagonist that ends up with two hot guys adoring her even though she sees herself as one of the guys, the gorgeously seductive girl, the clever computer geek, the bored rich kid, the butler, etc.), but the story was interesting and action packed and the main characters were all likeable in their own right.

In short: It was a quick and fun read and I definitely want to see more of Kat and her gang.

7/10

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