Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Book Review : Heist Society by Ally Carter
This Trilogy by Ally Carter is one of my favorites! I read book 3 first, as usual doing things backwards :) I fell in love with the characters , the family dynamic and the logistics of the world of thieves.
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator , the gorgeous Hale, appears, pulling her back into the world she had only just escaped. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster's priceless art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Now. Only a master thief could have pulled off 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. Kat's 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 of the biggest heist in her family's (very crooked) history. And, with any luck, she just might be able to steal her life back along the way.
From the description above you can tell that the plot is not only going to be good but fast paced and it was!! I never once found myself feeling bored and wanting to skip ahead. Ally Carter knows how to hold your attention, between the characters and their backstories , to the facts about the art and everything in between.
My favorite character from the series is W.W Hale the fifth. Give me a sassy character , add some charm and wit and I will always choose them :) As far as love interest goes he is a good stand-up guy who lets Kat know he likes her but doesn't push to hard (which I appreciated) .
The family dynamic is awesome, I loved the group of flawed people who love each other and are willing to be there for Kat (even if she did ditch them for a boarding school). It just works well, Uncle Eddie, Kat's father, her cousin Gabrielle , to the members who aren't blood but still family Simon, Angus and his brother Hamish. They each bring something unique to the table.
Some people might find the act of thievery offensive, their is some talk about Kat's boobs when her cousin dresses her for a job, and Gabrielle is described as always wearing short skirts with high heels. I also found Kat always asking Hale "Why are you doing this?" a bit redundant considering he answered the same every time; I mean he is the love interest we know he is doing it for her. It was just over the top in my humble opinion. But if you can get past these, the over all book is amazing! I definitely rate it five out of five stars!