Heist Society (Heist, #1) 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. (from Amazon)

I have been wanting to read Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series since she began publishing them.  I just haven’t taken the time.  Heist Society, however, is on this year’s YALSA’s Teens Top Ten list so I went ahead and read it.  I am so glad that I did.

She is an excellent author.  There are all kinds of twists and turns, but none of them seem far fetched.  It was more of a “I should have seen that coming” or “Why didn’t I think of that?” style.

The ending was very satisfying with a definite option for a sequel, but no cliff-hanger.  I am so tired of cliff-hangers!  I found the following information on the author’s blog.

“The title for Heist Society 2 will be Uncommon Criminals.  Look for it in stores on June 21, 2011!” (from Ally Carter’s blog)

And yes, I am definitely moving her Gallagher Girl series closer to the top of my TBR list.



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