Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter (Heist Society #1)
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary, Adventure, Young Adult
Publication Date: 02.09.2010
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.

This was my very first heist book! It was a fun story, and if you like heist movies (especially The Italian Job), you will like this book.

My favorite aspect of this book was the thieves way of life. Being "in the family" means following a set of rules that keep you under the radar, and knowing who to defer to in the family line. It also means you are taught from a young age to be able to pull off some of the riskiest jobs in history. Definitely loving the heist aspect.  Some of the heist activities were a bit unrealistic at times, and some of the events weren't described very clearly, but these things didn't bother me very much.

There were many characters in this story, and although it was a bit confusing at times, they each had their distinctive quirks that made them stand out. The MC, Kat, was very self-assured and confident, although this didn't show in the beginning of the book when she was trying to run away from her life. It came out later and I was able to see exactly how she earned her reputation. Hale had a great personality (and was a bit sexy, too) and I loved how well he seemed to understand Kat. He was the perfect complement to her. Also, I love the mystery behind his first name (nice touch, Ally).

I read a review about how art is terribly misrepresented in this book. It went on and on, and listed several valid points. While I admit I was left scratching my head at a few of the references, I don't know much about famous pieces of art so it didn't bother me at all. But it may bother those who do.

Overall this is a quick, fun read. Definitely worth a try if you are looking for something different.

Read this if:
...you want something different from the norm, you like to have run while reading, and you think you have the guts to pull off the biggest job in history.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Aside from the characters stealing things, this is a clean read!

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  1. Nice! I finished this one a couple weeks ago and thought it was a lot of fun. I didn't really give any thought to the way art was portrayed... but I don't know anything about famous art. Do you think you'll read the next one?

  2. I have heard such great things about this one! It sounds like such an interesting read, and I love the idea of how Kat doesn't want to be in the family business, but is sucked back into it anyways. Great review, and I'm excited to read this one!

  3. Really loved this one! The second one was good too! :) Love the idea behind the books.


  4. Kathy: I don't really know anything about art pieces either, but the reviewer's points all made sense...I just didn't mind, even after reading them. I'll definitely read the next one though. I'm too interested in Kat and Hale's story!

    T.B.: That was definitely a good point in the book. She resists a lot of the way, and it makes for a good story.

    Meredith: Glad to hear you liked them! I'm so excited for the second book. It's going to be great!


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