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Thursday, September 9, 2010

REVIEW: Heist Society by Ally Carter

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.

Book: Heist Society by Ally Carter
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Heist Society, #1
Free or Purchased: Library
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (3 Zombies)

Heist Society took FOREVER to get into, but once I did, it was an okay book. Not great, but not terrible, either. I think that since Carter's Gallagher Academy series is so awesome, I was expecting a bit too much from this new one.

My biggest problem with this book was that the main character Kat's motivation for the entire thing was her dad, and he didn't have a very sympathetic character at all. At least, not for the two scenes he was in. He was absent most of the time, and even when he was there, he wasn't particularly extraordinary. In fact, he was just plain boring.

The two love interests, Nick and Hale, were about as different as possible. Nick was a shady British kid that we didn't meet until about two thirds of the way in, and I didn't like him much. Hale was a loyal, cute thief that Kat has known for a while, and he was a very good love interest in my book. I am majorly Team W. W. Hale the Fifth. Bit of a pretentious name, though.

Kat's cousin, Gabrielle, seemed like a skanky loser in the beginning of the book, but by the end, she and Hale were my favorite characters by far! I don't know how she grew on me so much, but she did, and Gabrielle turned into the funniest character in the book. She was lots of fun, and I was glad that she stuck with Kat throughout the entire book so that I could see more of her.

Final judgment? Pretty meh storyline, bad motivation, not very into the main character, but fabulous side characters and pacing. Solid three zombies, and I will be picking up a copy of the second book when it comes out, though I might not rush out to Borders day of. I recommend doing what I did and getting it from your local library.