Monday, June 17, 2013

Heist Society: a review

Author: Ally Carter
On Goodreads
Info: Disney-Hyperion, copyright 2010, 287 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Oceans Eleven with a bunch of teenagers. Basically.

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.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Kat Bishop was enjoying her stay at a prestigious boarding school.  She was enjoying a normal life.  But when an old friend plans her expulsion, Kat once again finds herself on the outside looking in.  A mob boss is hunting down her father after some precious, expensive paintings come up missing in his mansion estate and Kat must use the skills she learned as a young girl to find the paintings are return them before time runs out.

The Awesome
I was a huge fan of the Oceans Eleven franchise, so much to my pleasure this felt like a teen versio nof that same tale.  Incidentally, that's what made it a wee bit disturbing...teenage thieves...but the characters were fun, the story had equal parts emotion and thrills, and the heist was well planned and exciting.

The Not So Awesome
Much like the Oceans Eleven movies, I wish a few more hints had been dropped throughout so that you, as the reader, could play along.  Don't tell me what you're going to do, but tell me what you're going to do.

Overall, I really enjoyed the first in this series by Ally Carter.  I can't wait to read the next two and get to know Kat, Hale, and the gang a little better.

Similar Titles: Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Favorite Quote: “And I didn't choose it, Kat. I chose you.”

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