Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist SocietyTired of her lifelong involvement in her family's illicit dealings, teenager Katarina Bishop enrolls herself in a prestigious boarding school. Then after a mere three months there, 16-year-old billionaire Hale arranges for her to get kicked out. He informs her that five paintings have been stolen from the menacing Arturo Taccone and that her father is the prime suspect. Determined to save him by locating the real thief and stealing the paintings back, Kat gathers a crack team of larcenous teens for the heist to be pulled off before the two-week deadline. However, her resolve falters when she learns that the paintings are Nazi war spoils. She negotiates complicated relationships in an action-packed plot, and the unknown identity of the thief suggests a sequel. This irresistible light-fingered fairy tale is elevated by glamour and mystery. Carter's style is conversational, smooth, and clever, exposing Kat's wry humor and her steely determination. Amid themes of family loyalty and identity, the protagonist comes to understand herself, her beliefs, and her place in her family. Daring, delicious, but filled with a sense of purpose, Heist Society mixes classic elements of the adolescent bildungsroman into a high-stakes escapade.

First off I'd like to thank Lulu at The Bookworm Is Here for starting me on Ally Carter's wonderful books.

I first read Ally Carter's 'I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You', a Gallagher's Girls book.  I liked it, enough to buy 'The Heist Society' with a ten dollar gift card.  And I LOVED it.  It was much better than the 'Gallagher Girls', which she is surprisingly more famous for.

It is about Katarina Bishop, who leaves her families con-man business for boarding school.  After only three months, her old partner Hale sets her up for a crime she didn't commit, thus getting her kicked out of boarding school.  Why?  Because her father was framed for a crime...and he isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list.

With the help of her five friends, she plans to pull the biggest heist in history.  All I'm saying, is I can't wait to get my hands on 'Uncommon Criminals', the second book in the series.

I would recommend this book to lovers of adventure, action, mystery, and the slightest bit of romance.

Market: Ya
Language: None
Sensuality: None/Mild
Violence: None/Mild
Adult Themes: Criminal acts, slightly sensual scenes

3 comments:

Hafsah @ IceyBooks said...

Hi Shelby, thanks for commenting on my blog.
The giveaway is over now, but I'll be having some giveaways in September, be sure to stop by then!

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this book, it was so much fun :) And isn't Hale just totally swoon-worthy? haha :P Uncommon Criminals was just as good, I thought :)

Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!) said...

I'm so glad I could recommend an author that you liked! I have been waiting to get my hands on this book (still waiting) and your review makes me more anxious to get it! Thanks for the review and I hope you will get a hold of Uncommon Criminals (I hear it's really good too!)

xoxo
Lulu