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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  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.

My thoughts:  This was such a cute and totally fun book!  It was a really easy read and as soon as I started I had to finish it!  Seriously, I could not put it down!

Kat finally has a "normal" life.  She stole her way into one of the most prestigious schools and is just trying to be your everyday, normal teenager.  We won't mention the fact that her family is full of thieves.  Kat however is blamed for a prank played on the Headmaster and is soon kicked out.  She soon finds out why.

Kat is picked up by her old friend Hale.  He has a message for her.  Her father is in trouble.  It seems that he has stolen some very valuable art from a mobster and that mobster wants it back yesterday!  Kat must find out if her father really did this and regardless of his guilt or innocence, she must rejoin the family "business" and get the art back!

I loved Kat.  She was strong, smart, didn't let romance or her feelings get the best of her and was just all around awesome!  I loved her attitude and the underlying romance between her and Hale.  Kat was determined to make things right all the way around and I loved how she accomplished that.

I loved the boys!  Hamish and Angus were just a bunch of goofballs.  They knew what they had to do and did their job well but they also had fun.  They kept things entertaining and fun throughout the book.  They were a great comedy team.

Hale and Gabrielle and Simon were also great characters.  Hale was smart, hot and always there for Kat.  The romance between them is just beginning so I hope to see more of that in the next few books.  Simon is the smarty pants of the group.  Gabrielle was the beautiful drama queen and Kat's enemy.  I enjoyed how they overcame their hostility toward each other though when things got serious.

The author made this book so vivid.  I could actually see Simon in his "office" during the heist and actually laughed out loud.  The description of Hale's mansion was perfect and I can also see Marcus very clearly.  The book made me feel like I was right there.  In fact, at the end, when everything goes down I was actually so tense that I couldn't sit still while reading. 

There were a few things that I didn't really get like what Nick's character was really there for.  He just seemed like he was kind of thrown in there and I thought the book could have easily gone on without him.  The only thing he provided was another potential love interest for Kat and someone to make Hale jealous. 

I would also have liked some more history on how exactly Kat got into Colgan (the private school) but that isn't a huge thing for me.  The history surrounding the art could have had some more detail as well but all in all, it was a fun and light read.  It has the perfect amount of romance, humor and action.  I have already ordered the second book and can't wait for a third!

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