Sunday, June 13, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 287, hardcover
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: February 2010

Overall Rating: .5
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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
Heist Society is satisfyingly amazing. Carter brings a tale of mystery involving lost paintings, cons, thieves, danger, and suspense. The most appealing thing is it's originality, Carter has crafted a story worth the read.

Since her childhood, Kat has grown up in the family business - stealing jewels, paintings, and valuables. In order to escape from the life of a thief, Kat enrolls at the Colgan School. Unfortunately, she is kicked out, now she must return to her roots. When her father is accused of stealing paintings from Arturo Taccone, Kat must take matter into her own hands by undertaking a dangerous heist.

We are taken on a crazy adventure of extreme power, money, history, and art. The story is interestingly enough to keep following, the twist and turns run the book. The writing flows effortlessly, I was shocked to see all the skill that Carter has to write a book like this. There's so many elements of history she took to make the book, I loved the creativity.

It's not every day that you read about a teenager on a heist to save her family, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The characters all had different traits, humor, and charm. I was much more drawn to Kat, even though she doesn't want the life of a thief she's willing to do it for the sake of the family.

I found very little faults in HS, for one some things were slightly cliched and the book dragged a little at the beginning, but the mysterious and suspenseful tone makes the book flow smoothly. At first, I had trouble with the writing being in 3rd person, but later it becomes comfortable to read.

Overall, there's so many things to love about this book. This won't be the first I read from Carter. I look forward to Kat's next adventure in the sequel.

Interested in fabulous mystery fun? Heist Society has it!

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (8/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 44/50 = 88% = B+

Cover:
The model looks alot older than Kat would probably look like, but the detailing in the glasses is appreciate-able.

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4 comments:

BookFanatic said...

Sounds like a different type of mystery book. I will try it!

Cindy said...

Hmmm..I may like this one. 4.5 stars is pretty good and the cover definitely interests me. I'm a sucker for a good cover. I'm adding it to my list. :)

Katie said...

I'll definitely have to read that now. Oh, and by the way, you have an award at my blog!!
http://misadventuresofateenagebookworm.blogspot.com/2010/06/versatile-blogger-award.html

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