Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Publication: Disney Hyperion (February 9, 2010)

Description: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled 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's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 (very crooked) history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

My Thoughts: This was a great thriller. Kat has been raised in the family of thieves and con men. She thinks she has conned her way into an ordinary life but has to leave to help her father. Her father has been accused, wrongly this time, of stealing some paintings from a very dangerous man. The man has given Kat 2 weeks to return the paintings. So Kat gathers her friends to try to find and recover the paintings. Kat does not want to be a thief but feels more interest in getting these paintings back when she learns that they were stolen by the Nazis during WWII. The book was complex and Kat and her friends plot to steal the paintings from the most secure art museum around.

I recommend this book to fans of complex criminal plots. It is also a story of friendship.

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge

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