Two adventurous reads, so clever they are practically criminal

Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

15 year old Kat Bishop is a thief. In fact, she is a very talented thief, even among her family of thieves. She can run the short con or the long con. She can pick a pocket, sneak into a house at night, or steal something right from under the nose of her mark. Kat’s most recent con has been to establish herself as a student at a prestigious boarding school, with the goal of actually settling down and trying to be a normal teenage girl. Unfortunately, her new game plan is interrupted when her father needs her help to clear his name, (not that he would ever admit it), and she is drawn back into a plot to work with a crew of other teenagers to steal four paintings from a museum that even the best thieves in the world haven’t been able to rob before….

Uncommon CriminalsAnd the story continues in Uncommon Criminals, a sequel full of surprises as Kat rides high from her previous successes. She is approached to steal the infamous “Cleopatra Emerald” and return it to its rightful owners. The Emerald is priceless of course, and under impossibly high security, and also rumor has that it is cursed. A few small but shocking setbacks leave Kat and her friends traveling the world in pursuit of the emerald, worried that they are being affected by the curse, and using every “inside man” they can think of to help them succeed.

In these delightful capers, Ally Carter captures the excitement, frustrations and complex motivations of being a young art thief. Both stories are very “Oceans 11” in the way that I adore – fun characters, light suspense, no one gets hurt, interesting scenarios and a hint of romance.

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

2 thoughts on “Two adventurous reads, so clever they are practically criminal

  1. Ally Carter’s Uncommon Criminals, is the continuing story of Katrina Bishop and her gang of thieves. This thrilling sequel to Carter’s Heist Society had me laughing out loud and cringing with fear for the characters.
    Kat is just a normal girl living her normal life with her normal family. Only one thing about her is just a little different from the average teenage girl. Kat is a thief. A good thief. A really good thief.
    In this Heist Society novel, Kat and her friends are going to steal the most valuable emerald in the world, the Cleopatra Emerald. The one that’s cursed.
    This book is full of action, romance, mystery, and to top it all off it has a lot of humor. A definite must read.

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