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Quando tinha 5 anos, Katarina Bishop distraiu os guardas da Torre de Londres para que o pai pudesse roubá-la. Aos 7, ela ouviu o tio Eddie planejar a interceptação de 80% do caviar do planeta. Quando fez 15 anos, Katarina armou um golpe por conta própria - um esquema para entrar no melhor colégio interno dos Estados Unidos e deixar para trás os negócios da família. Só que Quando tinha 5 anos, Katarina Bishop distraiu os guardas da Torre de Londres para que o pai pudesse roubá-la. Aos 7, ela ouviu o tio Eddie planejar a interceptação de 80% do caviar do planeta. Quando fez 15 anos, Katarina armou um golpe por conta própria - um esquema para entrar no melhor colégio interno dos Estados Unidos e deixar para trás os negócios da família. Só que trocar de ramo e ter uma vida normal acabou sendo mais difícil do que Kat esperava. Hale, seu amigo charmoso, bilionário e antigo comparsa, logo aparece para levá-la de volta à realidade da qual ela havia se esforçado tanto para fugir. Mas é por um bom motivo: uma inestimável coleção de arte de um temido mafioso foi roubada e ele quer recuperá-la, custe o que custar. Somente um mestre do crime poderia ter realizado essa proeza e o pai de Kat é o único suspeito, embora insista em negar qualquer envolvimento. Encurralado entre a Interpol e um inimigo assustador, ele precisa da ajuda da filha. Para Kat, só existe uma saída: encontrar os quadros e roubá-los de volta. Não importa se parece impossível, se ela não tem pistas do ladrão e se o prazo é de apenas duas semanas. Com uma equipe de adolescentes talentosos e uma mãozinha da sorte, Kat está determinada a realizar o maior golpe da história da família e provar que jamais a abandonou.


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Quando tinha 5 anos, Katarina Bishop distraiu os guardas da Torre de Londres para que o pai pudesse roubá-la. Aos 7, ela ouviu o tio Eddie planejar a interceptação de 80% do caviar do planeta. Quando fez 15 anos, Katarina armou um golpe por conta própria - um esquema para entrar no melhor colégio interno dos Estados Unidos e deixar para trás os negócios da família. Só que Quando tinha 5 anos, Katarina Bishop distraiu os guardas da Torre de Londres para que o pai pudesse roubá-la. Aos 7, ela ouviu o tio Eddie planejar a interceptação de 80% do caviar do planeta. Quando fez 15 anos, Katarina armou um golpe por conta própria - um esquema para entrar no melhor colégio interno dos Estados Unidos e deixar para trás os negócios da família. Só que trocar de ramo e ter uma vida normal acabou sendo mais difícil do que Kat esperava. Hale, seu amigo charmoso, bilionário e antigo comparsa, logo aparece para levá-la de volta à realidade da qual ela havia se esforçado tanto para fugir. Mas é por um bom motivo: uma inestimável coleção de arte de um temido mafioso foi roubada e ele quer recuperá-la, custe o que custar. Somente um mestre do crime poderia ter realizado essa proeza e o pai de Kat é o único suspeito, embora insista em negar qualquer envolvimento. Encurralado entre a Interpol e um inimigo assustador, ele precisa da ajuda da filha. Para Kat, só existe uma saída: encontrar os quadros e roubá-los de volta. Não importa se parece impossível, se ela não tem pistas do ladrão e se o prazo é de apenas duas semanas. Com uma equipe de adolescentes talentosos e uma mãozinha da sorte, Kat está determinada a realizar o maior golpe da história da família e provar que jamais a abandonou.

30 review for Ladrões de Elite

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    My husband once told me a story about a neighbour he had before his family moved to our city. His very friendly, community conscious neighbour had a mower stollen one night by a couple of drunken goons. His parents gave him their sympathy and inquired as to why he didn't call the police. He replied that he didn't need to. Whoever this man really was and whatever he really did, I won't expound on. It's enough to say that two days later his mower was returned to his yard. Cleaned. With a free case My husband once told me a story about a neighbour he had before his family moved to our city. His very friendly, community conscious neighbour had a mower stollen one night by a couple of drunken goons. His parents gave him their sympathy and inquired as to why he didn't call the police. He replied that he didn't need to. Whoever this man really was and whatever he really did, I won't expound on. It's enough to say that two days later his mower was returned to his yard. Cleaned. With a free case of beer. See, I only wish I was THAT kind of badass. The kind of badass where if someone steals from me - they quickly realize their mistakes, shit themselves and set about to rectifying the situation. Ah! Life would be sweet! This is the kind of bad guy that Ally Carter TRIES to create in Heist Society and her failure to really do so is the only let down to what is otherwise a very fun, enjoyable novel to read. So, Katarina Bishop is a fifteen year old who comes from a family of theives. I suppose for about fifteen seconds I found the premise of this novel ridiculous before I recalled that The Fox sisters started when they were 10 and 12 and that Frank Abagnale had collected $40,000 from various New York banks around the same time my little brother learned he could tap his head AND rub his tummy in unison. However, for the majority of the novel, I STILL felt that it really should have been people in their early tweenties as opposed to Teens. Hale just doesn't SEEM 16. Nobody is mysertious and sexy and intriguing at 16 - it's just impossible. I refuse! People don't have suave and debonair one liners at sixteen, I don't care how fucking rich they are! Money doesn't buy you the ability to lean in and gaze intensely into a chic's eyes while letting loose some perfect, panty-dropping line and finishing it off with a wicked grin. You know what people have at sixteen? Pimples. Pimples and body odour and dirty magazines. They do not have more class than all the Ivy League schools in America put together. The writing is okay and I think you have to take this book for what it is - a short fun escape into fantasy. It's not brilliant. It's not going to blow your world. The whole con within the con was very sketchy and if this book were real then Kat would have ended it at the fishing docks with a knife in her gut. This is where I come back to the part where the villain just didn't cut it. It's not really Carter's fault though. This is a young adult novel and whilst, in reality, the villain would have had Kat "roughed up a little" on several occasions, that's really not appropriate for teen lit. Okay, maybe paranoraml teen lit but this is different. So he always just kind of came off as this idiot who was SUPPOSED to be intimidating - but I wasn't really feeling it. Maybe I don't intimidate easy. Maybe I found his logic, linking Kat's Dad to the crime to be so piss poor weak, that if I'd been Kat I would have given him a baleful glare, flipped him off and told him to find a new pacifier before letting him throw his itty tantrums over his lost art. The moral to the story is that if you want an easy read, and you're at the "target audience" age (because nothing is more squicky than realizing you're a 24 year old wife and mother who just had innapropriate thoughts about a bloody 16 year old!) then give it a go!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    My heart is begging me to give this book a four-star rating. But my brain is insisting I reconsider. And since I value my brain’s opinion slightly more, a winner has been declared. Here’s the thing. I adore Ally Carter. Her The Gallagher Girls series is everything and more. I read it and reread and think about it whenever I’m bored and in need of creating some impossible scenarios in my mind that involve spies and spying, in addition to little ol’ me. This heist story promises excitement. For whom, My heart is begging me to give this book a four-star rating. But my brain is insisting I reconsider. And since I value my brain’s opinion slightly more, a winner has been declared. Here’s the thing. I adore Ally Carter. Her The Gallagher Girls series is everything and more. I read it and reread and think about it whenever I’m bored and in need of creating some impossible scenarios in my mind that involve spies and spying, in addition to little ol’ me. This heist story promises excitement. For whom, dare I ask. For the author perhaps. I can imagine her having a lot of fun writing this. But for us, it’s as dry as the desert and feels more like a building up book than a real story. You know what I’m talking about. The types of books that were written to introduce more than to develop. Like a sort of prequel. Almost every new chapter is an introduction to a character or element in the heroine’s life, and while that is interesting, it’s not action-packed or suspenseful… and isn’t that what we’re all here for? It’s surprising at times. The characters do the unexpected, and that, to give credit where it’s due, is absolutely fantastic. I know Ally Carter truly wrote this book because only she can use sass in such a smart way. I enjoyed reading about Kat Bishop because of that. So it’s good, but it’s also disappointing. Then again, isn’t that what three-star ratings are all about? You liked it, but you also struggle to recommend it. Ironically, a ton of people recommended this one to me when they witnessed my love for The Gallagher Girls – and I understand it, but I also kind of wish they hadn’t hyped me so much about this series, causing me to buy all three books on the spot. I will read the sequel, but I will manage my expectations. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 3 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    Also posted on STRANGEMORE.COM. Who is in the Heist Society? * One of them is a mini Sydney-Bristow-in-training, whose family has been falsely accused, and she's armed with a big attitude and huge problems. * Then there is the handsome and debonair millionaire thief who compares dancing to navigating through a laser grid. * There is also the beauty who is literally electrifying in high heels and a skirt. At least, when she gets too close to priceless works of art. * Two of them are the ones who Also posted on STRANGEMORE.COM. Who is in the Heist Society? * One of them is a mini Sydney-Bristow-in-training, whose family has been falsely accused, and she's armed with a big attitude and huge problems. * Then there is the handsome and debonair millionaire thief who compares dancing to navigating through a laser grid. * There is also the beauty who is literally electrifying in high heels and a skirt. At least, when she gets too close to priceless works of art. * Two of them are the ones who've been blacklisted for stealing from a nun. Because whoever you are, that's just wrong. * Another is a pickpocket and a newbie, with a British accent and mysterious eyes. These are the people who make jokes about the time so-and-so ransomed The Queen's prized pooch. They are the teeny-bopper versions of Ocean's Eleven, but with less crew members and an even bigger job. They are also the ones who take on the biggest heist job in the world. Their story isn't heart-wrenching or gut-churning, but it's fast, fun, and full of intrigue. I feel like I should tell you more, but the first rule of Heist Society is that you don't... Well, if you don't already know, then I probably shouldn't tell you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I love it when you get excited when seeing a book you never heard of before, and then while reading, it turns out to be fantastic, instead of the opposite. I am now a huge fan of Ally Carter's. I have her other series (the Gallagher Girls), but I just haven't had the time to read them yet...what, with so many other books to read, but not now. I wont wait to read them. I can see this series becoming my new YA favorite. I loved the characters and the twist and turns in the plot-line. It wasn't pred I love it when you get excited when seeing a book you never heard of before, and then while reading, it turns out to be fantastic, instead of the opposite. I am now a huge fan of Ally Carter's. I have her other series (the Gallagher Girls), but I just haven't had the time to read them yet...what, with so many other books to read, but not now. I wont wait to read them. I can see this series becoming my new YA favorite. I loved the characters and the twist and turns in the plot-line. It wasn't predictable, which actually, the ending took me by surprise in a number of ways. I'm even beginning to be okay with partial third person narration, who would have thought. HA! I really enjoyed the writing, because Carter used enough details to high-light certain things and relationships without losing the focus of the whole story, but giving enough to keep the reader intrigued and wondering. It wasn't bogged down with too much nonessential filling, which I appreciated. It was a fast read, because I just had to know how this was all going to turn out. For me, I loved everything about this book. Maybe it was because of the other books I've been reading lately, what ever the case, this book was a refreshing change from my normal interest. I can't wait for what comes next...

  5. 3 out of 5

    Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    Listen to my Heist Society fanmix in 8tracks and see the tracklist here. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars This book is everything I wanted and more. Heist Society has the same international thrill as The Conspiracy of Us which is one of my favorite reads this year. And it went delightfully well. I might be crying tears of blood. Please give me twenty. Mini review to come. 

  6. 3 out of 5

    Krystle

    Okay, the only reason I wanted to read this book was because I took a course called “Art in Popular Literature” and it was an awesome class that really sparked my interest in art. Perhaps that wasn’t the right perspective to view this book from because the complete absence and respect paid to the true real works of art in this book left me absolutely pissed. First of all, for the majority of the book I was so confused. All the amounts of names for characters we had to keep track of and backstory Okay, the only reason I wanted to read this book was because I took a course called “Art in Popular Literature” and it was an awesome class that really sparked my interest in art. Perhaps that wasn’t the right perspective to view this book from because the complete absence and respect paid to the true real works of art in this book left me absolutely pissed. First of all, for the majority of the book I was so confused. All the amounts of names for characters we had to keep track of and backstory events that were dropped on me made my head bleed. Is this supposed to be part of a larger world or series because that’s the only reason I can offer for the author’s clunky and forced method of bringing about information to the reader. And then when actual mentions of the art came up, it was nothing more than vague offhand descriptions that brought nothing to the table as to explaining why these works were so important and why these bad guys wanted them so bad. There is a lot of economic, cultural, and societal issues that surround major pieces of art (painting, sculptures, or otherwise) and to not even have them briefly touched upon doesn’t develop a sense of understanding or connection with the reader. I was very upset, but that was nothing until I found out that the artwork the author described were all fake and made up. Excuse me? Were you just too lazy to look up the real pieces of art from these "Grand Masters" you so cleverly decided to use as justification in your story? (I put that in quotations because the author OBVIOUSLY does not know who the REAL Grand Masters of art are, and I'm sorry but Renoir and Impressionism is not part of that select group.) It’s not like you’re lacking for inspiration there. They have dozens of missing or stolen paintings worth millions of dollars that are without a clue as to where their current whereabouts are. Hello? What the hell! This would have given this story a lot more credibility and brought a whole ‘nother layer to the book in general. You know, when the character decided to diss some of the grandest museums dedicated to art in the world, I was really pissed. Your only reasoning is that it’s too hot, too pretentious, too crowded? What the fuck is wrong with you. It’s a museum! Therefore it’s meant as a place of enjoyment for everyone while attempting to educate the public about the significance of the pieces. Give me a break. And when they tried to make out how the museum that’s set up by one of the villain’s ancestor’s wife (or some convoluted crap like that) and how she wanted to buy the world’s best art work that money could buy so she could have the best museum in the world, I was about to scream. Nice try there trying to draw a parallel to Isabella Stewart Gardner but sorry, you failed entirely to capture her persona. Heist Society makes it out to seem that stealing paintings or artworks from museums is done all the time because of how lucrative it is. Yeah, it is a lucrative business because of how much money they are worth and could possibly make in the black market, but after the heist of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, security and precautions have been stepped way up so it’s not as easy as it was before. The only real reason I did not cut up this book more because of the relationship between Kat and Hale. This was one of the big positives, because their romance is gradually built up from a friendship filled with banter to blossoming feelings and finally realization of both. It was sweet and Hale was a great friend. He never pushed her around, was very dependable, and would always be there for her when she needed him. I’m sure the whole idea of a teenager working undercover as a spy and gallivanting off to glamorous countries, spending hecka amounts of money, and undergoing daring missions is a dream fantasy for many people. And I can see the attraction but I am unhappy about how horribly art was portrayed in this book. If this is how all popular ya books treat art, I should best stay away from them in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Poonam

    "Never live anyplace you can't walk away from. Never own anything you can't leave behind. These were the laws of Kat's life- of Kat's world." The book is about 15 yr old Katherine and her family business is Burglary. The book promises a fun read with a bit of action and a little bit of mystery. The book does deliver on it's promise. I wanted to read something light after some of the intense reads and this book did refresh my mind. Kat has 2 weeks to perform a job to get her dad out of trouble. "Never live anyplace you can't walk away from. Never own anything you can't leave behind. These were the laws of Kat's life- of Kat's world." The book is about 15 yr old Katherine and her family business is Burglary. The book promises a fun read with a bit of action and a little bit of mystery. The book does deliver on it's promise. I wanted to read something light after some of the intense reads and this book did refresh my mind. Kat has 2 weeks to perform a job to get her dad out of trouble. In 2 weeks Kat needs to form a crew and come up with a foolproof plan. All I can say is I really enjoyed reading about the plan and it's final execution. The book has a very Oceans 11 feel to it but with a teenage crew. Recommended to all who want a light fun read with a little bit of mystery and action.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Muse-ic ♬

    This was a meh read. When it got to a certain point, I kept glancing at the percentage at the bottom of my kindle screen to see if I was almost done. It's not a bad book and the idea was interesting, but I didn't really feel it. First off, it was rather vague. I couldn't really connect to any of the characters because I hardly got to know them. Also there were times where this book confusingly jumped between different POV's and lost me in the process. It was hardly a change of paragraph before we This was a meh read. When it got to a certain point, I kept glancing at the percentage at the bottom of my kindle screen to see if I was almost done. It's not a bad book and the idea was interesting, but I didn't really feel it. First off, it was rather vague. I couldn't really connect to any of the characters because I hardly got to know them. Also there were times where this book confusingly jumped between different POV's and lost me in the process. It was hardly a change of paragraph before we were in someone else's head. And then it took a few sentences to figure out who it was because I didn't feel a difference between the voices of the characters. I had to wait for names to be dropped! I also don't understand how these people are jumping all over the world. One day they're in Vegas, the next in Paris, then England, then Italy...etc. Literally! At the beginning of each chapter there would be the countdown to the number of days left to their deadline and the location the characters were at. This happened daily. So for the most part, each day they were in a different country. And they end up at the next destination to continue their mission within the same day or the next day. I hate to break the news, but it takes at least twelve hours to fly from Vegas to Paris and do you know how exhausting travel is, not to mention daily travel?? How are they still awake? It doesn't make any sense. And I know I keep saying "they", but I'm not specifying because I only somewhat know the names of this group of maximum 16-year-olds. Katarina, Hale, Gabrielle, Simon, Nick, and a couple others. The "villain" is Arturo Taccone. He had in his possession several incredibly expensive painting that were stolen by "Visily Romani". Visily Romani is a pseudonym for a dangerous thief. But it isn't one person. The title is...passed down, I guess you could say. Anyway, this Romani stole the paintings from Arturo and brought them to the Henley Museum...... So lemme get this straight: a thief stole billions of dollars worth of paintings from a man to whom they never belonged in the first place and did the good deed of bringing them to an extremely reputable museum instead of keeping them for him/herself, and this museum never really wondered where these paintings came from?? Wut? And Arturo is the bad guy because he thinks Katarina's dad is the one that stole them and gave her two weeks to return the paintings to him or bad things would happen to her father. He barely gave this 16-year-old and her friends time to steal more than two highly guarded paintings. That's not all! Despite Katarina explaining to Arturo how she absolutely couldn't succeed in such a short time period, She and her friends succeed. They succeed last minute! And I don't even know how! Deus ex machina much? The romance was completely unnecessary and forced. Why does Hale like Katarina? He only starts to show any interest once Nick joins the gang and flirts with Katarina. I don't care for Hale as a love interest in any way. There was no chemistry either. It just started at one point when Katarina went into his garden by herself and he followed her to talk in the romantic moonlight. Please. The book would have been soooooo much better without it! The only character I liked was Katarina's cousin Gabrielle because she was pretty awesome! I know that a lot of people enjoyed this one, and I did as well to a certain extent. Give it a shot!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    3.5 stars I seriously needed this in my life. This was so fun, cute and perfect to relax myself after a tough week of non - stopping exams. I love Ally's writing style and her characters, she makes a great atmosphere and makes you laugh so much. This reminded me a lot of Secret Society Girl series, which I love, but in a YA world. Also, hello there Hale. The characters are are extremely cute and interesting and it was so fun to go on this adventure with them!

  10. 3 out of 5

    Bry

    Definitely 5 stars! Put it this way, I got this on audiobook from the library, finished it today in the car on the way to work, and stopped at the book store on the way home from work to buy a copy to keep. What a great premise! A bunch of preteens pulling off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist all in the name of saving family. Katerina Bishop (such a fantastic name) is the daughter of Bobby Bishop - one of the world's greatest thief's - and she is well on her way to being the same. She pulled her first Definitely 5 stars! Put it this way, I got this on audiobook from the library, finished it today in the car on the way to work, and stopped at the book store on the way home from work to buy a copy to keep. What a great premise! A bunch of preteens pulling off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist all in the name of saving family. Katerina Bishop (such a fantastic name) is the daughter of Bobby Bishop - one of the world's greatest thief's - and she is well on her way to being the same. She pulled her first job at the age of 5 - granted she only did it for the ice cream her father promised her if she would scream until the authorities came. Her father is accused of stealing 5 paintings from a very bad man who now wants his possessions back or her father will pay a very deadly price. The thing is he didn't do it, but no one knows who did. Her crew - a ragtag team of opposites from the the hot girl, to the billionaire boy, to the super geek - come together to help her pull off a heist to steal back the paintings from a place that is supposedly impossible to steal from. The book is fast paced and travels the world hitting Las Vegas, Italy, England, and a few more. You are constantly wondering who the mystery thief is, their connection to Kat if their is one, and just how the hell they are pulling off their heists! This is definitely going onto my re-readable shelf and I can only cross my fingers and hope that there will be a sequel as I still have some unanswered questions, and totally want to read more about Kat, Hale, and their adventures. ***** Wow, right after I finish reading this book 5 pieces of artwork are stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art. So sad! http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/20... ***** It's been optioned as a movie! YAY!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I love tales about thieves and con artists, book series like The Curse Workers and movies like Ocean’s Eleven. I love it when seemingly random events come together neatly and cleverly in the end. Therefore, I loved Heist Society. It is admittedly not as clever as White Cat, for example, but I had a hard time putting it down and that’s a big deal these days. Fifteen-year-old Katarina Bishop is a very experienced con artist. She may be ridiculously young, but in her line of work, she’s one of the b I love tales about thieves and con artists, book series like The Curse Workers and movies like Ocean’s Eleven. I love it when seemingly random events come together neatly and cleverly in the end. Therefore, I loved Heist Society. It is admittedly not as clever as White Cat, for example, but I had a hard time putting it down and that’s a big deal these days. Fifteen-year-old Katarina Bishop is a very experienced con artist. She may be ridiculously young, but in her line of work, she’s one of the best. Descended from a long line of skilled con men and educated by her own father, Kat knows every trick in the book. But the kind of life she’s been leading for as long as she can remember can be very tiresome so she’s decided to try something different – get a proper education. At the beginning of Heist Society, Kat is being expelled from a very prestigious boarding school she’d conned her way into. Her best friend and fellow con artist, W.W. Hale the Fifth, set her up and had her expelled, all because her father’s in trouble and needs help. Someone has stolen five absurdly expensive paintings from Arturo Taccone, a very rich and unscrupulous man who is convinced that Kat’s dad is responsible and is ready to do anything at all to get them back. He doesn’t care that her father has an alibi and that he’s being watched by the Interpol. He just wants his property back, and to give it back to him, Kat and her friends have to steal them from a place no one has ever broken into – the Henley museum in London. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read Heist Society – it’s exactly the kind of book I usually can’t resist – light, fast and utterly unputdownable. Once I started thinking about flaws, I realized it is also a bit too short. There was room for a few more plot twists, and although I’m not normally a fan of watered down plots, I did feel that things were happening far too fast. The characters were all interesting, colorful and full of quirks. I loved getting to know them and figuring them out, enjoyed trying to understand their motives and loyalties. Although Kat is the main character, I feel that I’ve learned more about the others than I did about her, but some things were made clearer towards the end and I can’t wait to discover more in Uncommon Criminals. Although there are two gorgeous boys in Kat’s world, Heist Society is really romance-free. There are hints of a relationship and some scenes did feel a bit love triangle-ish, but it is quite clear who Kat belongs with, and I’m pretty confident that’s who she’ll end up with. To make the long story short (*gasp* Yes, I do that occasionally!), I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick summer read. Also posted at The Nocturnal Library

  12. 3 out of 5

    C.B. Cook

    Third read review: I needed to read two more books for the read in challenge before the end of the year, and I immediately thought the Heist Society books. Still awesome! (Scroll down for full review) Re-read review: Good gravy, Ally Carter is a magician!!! In spite of the fact that I already knew everything that happened, I still couldn't put this down. HOW??? XD Definitely just as good as the first time! (See below for some content problems.) Original: How do I start to describe this book? It was Third read review: I needed to read two more books for the read in challenge before the end of the year, and I immediately thought the Heist Society books. Still awesome! (Scroll down for full review) Re-read review: Good gravy, Ally Carter is a magician!!! In spite of the fact that I already knew everything that happened, I still couldn't put this down. HOW??? XD Definitely just as good as the first time! (See below for some content problems.) Original: How do I start to describe this book? It was amazing, wonderful, epic... I'm already fairly certain that this will be one of my absolute favoritest books of all time. I have a thing for superheroes, and the next best thing to superheroes are spies and other epically awesome people. Thieves, though? Well, let me tell you - these thieves, yes. See, these thieves are going all Mission: Impossible and stealing back things that have been stolen, to save Kat's father. Which, if you ask me, is a pretty noble cause, especially for thieves. Holy cow, did this book surprise me! I thought I would enjoy it, but I didn't think I'd fall in love with it. W.W. Hale the Fifth... PLEASE. COME. TO. ME. I need more of this series, and also more of Ally Carter's other books. I'm hoping to get my hands on the Gallagher Girls series soon... My only content notes would be that this is a secular book, so there are some comments made about females that are inappropriate. Gabrielle wears a lot of short skirts and tight/low-cut shirts. (view spoiler)[Several of the guys make inappropriate comments about Kat when she's wearing an outfit designed by Gabrielle, that is probably something Gabrielle would wear. (hide spoiler)] Other than that, it was a very great read, which I would highly recommend!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chamonix

    WHY? I don't understand all these stellar reviews. It's mind boggling because truly this book was nothing spectacular. It was clever, sure. I like the idea of it more than I like the book per se. The main character is a ninny. All she ever does is float around worrying, trying to reassure me that although she has/had amazing ninja stealing skills, she doesn't approve of them. GET OUT OF THE WAY PRISCILLA, I'LL TAKE YOUR PLACE. GUN-FRICKING-HO. Not to mention she was flat. Like, tasteless kind of WHY? I don't understand all these stellar reviews. It's mind boggling because truly this book was nothing spectacular. It was clever, sure. I like the idea of it more than I like the book per se. The main character is a ninny. All she ever does is float around worrying, trying to reassure me that although she has/had amazing ninja stealing skills, she doesn't approve of them. GET OUT OF THE WAY PRISCILLA, I'LL TAKE YOUR PLACE. GUN-FRICKING-HO. Not to mention she was flat. Like, tasteless kind of wafer flat. All the other characters were the ice-cream and chocolate sauce to cover up her extreme flatness. She has no personality once you take away her endless worrying and that killed the story for me endlessly. Even the mysterious little slice about her leaving the family fails to add a bit of ambitious independence to her character because it was never really explained fully. THIS BOOK CONFUSES ME GREATLY. I had to pull out my 'lolkay I'll go with it, see if it makes more sense once they give me a few more clues'. I never got those clues and I valiantly finished this book out of loyalty for my liking of the other characters. Like not love. Even they could have used a bit of oomph. The main villain turned out to be not scary at all. His presence was more of an annoying blot throughout the story. Give the timeline some purpose for it's pace. Seriously I met scarier monkeys then this bloke, I mean chimpanzees who rip peoples lips and eyelids off. This guys had some menace going but he was never actually scary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    vic ( semi hiatus )

    “pretend and it will be true.” heist society wasn't bad, by all means. in fact, it was actually better than i expected. this is more of a middle-grade type of book, and aside from the mystery tag, i wouldn't have picked it up. but alas, i did, so here we go. katarina bishop is fifteen years old. fifteen. it certainly didn't seem like it. like just a glance at a cover ( and that model is hot damn [ yes i'm not straight hoemygod when did you find out ] ), i would think she's about twenty? years o “pretend and it will be true.” heist society wasn't bad, by all means. in fact, it was actually better than i expected. this is more of a middle-grade type of book, and aside from the mystery tag, i wouldn't have picked it up. but alas, i did, so here we go. katarina bishop is fifteen years old. fifteen. it certainly didn't seem like it. like just a glance at a cover ( and that model is hot damn [ yes i'm not straight hoemygod when did you find out ] ), i would think she's about twenty? years old? where the real character is actually fifteen. anyways, carter tries to create a villain with literally the worst intimidation of the twenty-first century. it would've made the threat of arturdo taccone bigger if a strong character like kat was scared of him? but nO she's perfectly meh about him. so i didn't find anything interesting about that part, number one. two, this entire con shit was just super duper easy for kat. just like forget me, yeah sure, it's a -300 page book, but it doesn't mean that you can just lower the page count AND the quality of the entire plot. even though it's quality, not quantity, you don't lower the quality to lower the quantity. especially with mystery book, if your entire plot stretches out over a month(?) period, it's really short if it's only ~280 pages. and sometimes ( most of the time ), that page count leads to a rushed and really easy-to-solve plot. extremely important when dealing with a villain with 'goons', they won't back down easily if they're this rich and stuff. so why were they so easy to figure out? regular fifteen year olds don't look perfect. where is the acne? where is the period? kat is a girl! this takes over a month-ish period of time! she's old enough that her period is regular! where is it! it's monthly! but, based on MY expectations, this isn't too bad. seriously. i thought i would throw this in the trash.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)

    I spent the better half of today tucked between the covers in my bed reading this gem. It was such a fun experience as always with Ally's books. I love this crew and the theme is A+, of course! Kat just took a spot among some of my favorite YA heroines. There are a few things that bothered me a bit: a. as much as short skirts =/= anything bad and YAY for girls wearing them if they want to and not wearing them if they don't want to, but it bothered me that Gabrielle is 16 and when (view spoiler)[ I spent the better half of today tucked between the covers in my bed reading this gem. It was such a fun experience as always with Ally's books. I love this crew and the theme is A+, of course! Kat just took a spot among some of my favorite YA heroines. There are a few things that bothered me a bit: a. as much as short skirts =/= anything bad and YAY for girls wearing them if they want to and not wearing them if they don't want to, but it bothered me that Gabrielle is 16 and when (view spoiler)[she wore a super short skirt and high heels into that museum (hide spoiler)] it's described as all the men stopped doing and thinking what they were doing and thinking, and were mesmerized by her; I meaaaan ok that's cool I don't mind it, but she's 16! She's just a kid and it made me really, really uncomfortable that grown up men would ogle her like that yikes. b. I simply wish that we got to know the crew a lot more in depth, because they're all so great and I'm already in love with them, but more physical description, personality traits, background etc would have been nice. Things such as where did the crew know Simon from? How did the brothers end up at Uncle Eddie's? Where is Gabrielle's dad? etc but since there are two more books (and possibly more?) this may occur later, so fingers crossed! I figured out one of the twists (view spoiler)[Nick being not-so-honest because why would a random dude decide to do a heist if there was nothing in it for him (the others are Kat's family so I understand their motives to help her bloodline) and I very much doubt that he'd have done it just for the sake of experience (hide spoiler)] but other than that this book was entertaining and SUPER DUPER SHIPPY!!!!! Let me tell you: I. HAD. FEELS. (all over the place) First more than 3 stars of the year! /fist pump/ Can't wait to see what happens next and the preview at the end of the book promises more awesome mysterious things in continuation for the previous book. I'm excited to learn more! *you can see the graphic in HQ on my tumblr in a Heist Society graphic set here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    Review when I first read this book, September 2011: 3 Stars. I REALLY liked this book! Very different from what I am used to reading, which is fantasy and chick-lit. I really liked the story line, and I can't wait to read the second book! The only thing I wish was different about this book, is the main character, Kat. I like her, but I feel like I didn't know enough about her. I found myself wanting to know more about her personality, or her past. With that aside, I loved just about everything els Review when I first read this book, September 2011: 3 Stars. I REALLY liked this book! Very different from what I am used to reading, which is fantasy and chick-lit. I really liked the story line, and I can't wait to read the second book! The only thing I wish was different about this book, is the main character, Kat. I like her, but I feel like I didn't know enough about her. I found myself wanting to know more about her personality, or her past. With that aside, I loved just about everything else. I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, yet interesting and thrilling book. UPDATED REVIEW January 2016: Still a 3 star book for me. I enjoyed it the second time around, and I had forgotten most of what happened. It was such an easy, fast-paced read, and I enjoyed the change of pace from the heavier, slower-paced books I have been reading lately. It was fun, definitely targeted toward younger readers, but I personally tend to love that stuff too! I will definitely be continuing with the second book soon. I want to finally check this off of my unfinished-series list.

  17. 4 out of 5

    alexandra

    i've been meaning to read this for YEARS (like eight years) and i finally got around to listening to the audiobook. it reminded me so much of How to Steal a Million and i loved how fun it was. the characters, romance, and action were all solid; now i need to read the sequel!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    Rating: 4.5 stars Favourite Quote: "It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth." Heist Society is a brilliant read! It was fun and fast paced and I loved every minute of it. Kat is a 15 year old retired thief or was until she was forced to get back in the family business in order to save her Dad. Her father has been set up, accused of stealing paintings from a mobster type of guy that lead to some very dangerous co Rating: 4.5 stars Favourite Quote: "It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth." Heist Society is a brilliant read! It was fun and fast paced and I loved every minute of it. Kat is a 15 year old retired thief or was until she was forced to get back in the family business in order to save her Dad. Her father has been set up, accused of stealing paintings from a mobster type of guy that lead to some very dangerous consequences. With help from her crew including the yummy Hale she is going to steal the painting back and clear her father's name. But this is the biggest and most dangerous heist of Kat's life. Carter has written a well thought out plot. They were surprises around every corner and it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved that I could never predict what was going to happen next. It was exciting and completely addictive. And the characters what a funny, warm and brave bunch! I would love to hang out with Kat and the crew. Kat is strong, determined and instantly likeable. And I loved the dynamics between Kat and her friends. There is plenty of witty dialogue that ensured I was grinning the whole way through. There is a tiny bit of romance. You can see there are some feelings between Kat and a certain thief. Carter is taking the slow and natural progression which I love. Although further down the series I am sure I am going to begging for Carter to make something happen. But for now I am enjoying the playful and some time sweet banter. "Dancing. Come on. You can do it. It's a lot like navigating through a laser grid. It requires rhythm.' He moved her hips to the beat of the distant music. 'And patience.' He spun her around slowly and back toward him. 'And it's only fun if you trust your partner.' The dip was so slow, so smooth that Kat didn't know it was happening until the world was already turned upside down and Hale's face was inches from her own. Count me in, Kat.' He squeezed her tighter. 'You should always count me in." After finishing this I am left thinking to myself why didn't I read this earlier and of course had to start book #2 Uncommon Criminals immediately. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a fun novel with entertaining characters and a fantastic premise. Don't miss out on this awesome series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    Heist Society is the first book of the Heist Society series. Now even though it was the introduction to this series.. it was confusing to say the least. Now I'm not saying the entire book was confusing.. mostly because it wasn't. No, it was interesting, boring, confusing, and then back to being interesting. It was a whirlwind of an emotional roller coaster while reading this book. Kat, the MC, was meh to me. She wasn't spectacular or anything outside of other MC's I've read about. She was comple Heist Society is the first book of the Heist Society series. Now even though it was the introduction to this series.. it was confusing to say the least. Now I'm not saying the entire book was confusing.. mostly because it wasn't. No, it was interesting, boring, confusing, and then back to being interesting. It was a whirlwind of an emotional roller coaster while reading this book. Kat, the MC, was meh to me. She wasn't spectacular or anything outside of other MC's I've read about. She was completely selfish and did whatever she waned to do. She was also super shallow and definitely made me dislike her every damn page and chapter. Besides her, the other characters were meh to me. I just couldn't connect with them and it honestly frustrated the hell out of me. I like having some sort of connection with any character in a book.. but the ones in this one were just annoying and frustrating. Overall, it was an okay book. I probably wont go out of my way to reread this book and I have no idea if I will dive into the second book of this series.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Ivy

    3.5 Stars After a period of not reading, this was the perfect book to get back into things. It was super easy to read and quite intriguing. At the same time, I had to keep reminding myself why I cared. These characters were fun and did their job, but I wasn't as attached to them as I would have liked. I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about it, besides the fact that it was written by the author of Gallagher Girls which is one of my favourite series ever. This one didn't quite compare. 3.5 Stars After a period of not reading, this was the perfect book to get back into things. It was super easy to read and quite intriguing. At the same time, I had to keep reminding myself why I cared. These characters were fun and did their job, but I wasn't as attached to them as I would have liked. I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about it, besides the fact that it was written by the author of Gallagher Girls which is one of my favourite series ever. This one didn't quite compare. It felt lacking, yet I don't exactly know why. Nonetheless, I'm excited to read the remainder of the series, and I'm hoping it will improve!

  21. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school. She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, wh After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school. She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, who has given her a two-week deadline. Her dad is currently under surveillance by Interpol (a result of the job he was actually pulling on the night the paintings were stolen), so that leaves Kat to discover who pulled the art heist and get the mobster's paintings back before he starts hurting the people she loves. In her discreet way, Carter sets the stage for a future romance, but the reader is left wondering if it will be Hale, fellow thief, or Nick, whose mom is investigating Kat's father. In a world of rushed romances in literature, it is refreshing to see a romance built slowly over friendship. One of the best parts of this book is how Carter weaved some history into the art heist when Kat "meets" Mr. Romani, who is working diligently to recover artwork stolen by the Nazis. Hopefully in future books, readers will be able to learn more about Kat's parents and perhaps how the family started stealing in the first place. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, cinema-ready adventure, and the details of thieving tools and techniques, lavish settings, and cast of eccentric characters, including possible spies and love interests, all add texture and depth to the action. 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. More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: http://www.goodreads.com/purplycookie Book Details: Title Heist Society (Heisty Society #1) Author Ally Carter Reviewed By Purplycookie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liz* Fashionably Late

    3.5 Stars First Marie Lu with Legend and now Ally Carter... Let me ask you one thing, what kind of sixteen year old kids were you back then? My big and only problem with this book is how a couple of sixteen year old kids manage to do extraordinary things despite not being this a fantasy book? Or was it? Why so goddamn young? Heist Society was good, very good. The kind of book you can read on a sunny afternoon. It was funny, smart, light and so delightfully written. Kind of Ocean's Eleven for YA, 3.5 Stars First Marie Lu with Legend and now Ally Carter... Let me ask you one thing, what kind of sixteen year old kids were you back then? My big and only problem with this book is how a couple of sixteen year old kids manage to do extraordinary things despite not being this a fantasy book? Or was it? Why so goddamn young? Heist Society was good, very good. The kind of book you can read on a sunny afternoon. It was funny, smart, light and so delightfully written. Kind of Ocean's Eleven for YA, but instead of steamy George, you have dreamy W.W. Hale. I loved the narrative POV. It made it a lot more interesting than if it'd have been told from Kat's POV. Maybe it was short but I never felt bored. There wasn't unnecessary lame romance, all the characters were captivating, the two brothers reminded me of George and Fred, Simon was so cute and the beautiful cousin is spin-off material, all the way. The bad guy? Yeah, not so bad guy for me. Kind of amusing, actually. However, I really liked this book. Can't wait to read Uncommon Criminals.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also find my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... I have always been intrigued by thieves and con artists. The books that are written about them are always fascinating. Part of the reasons Six of Crows is my favorite novel is because of the cons. When I was in middle school I read a few books by Ally Carter and I thought it was about time I revisited her writing. Recently I found myself wondering why the Mona Lisa was so famous, it's not that great of a painting, so wha You can also find my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... I have always been intrigued by thieves and con artists. The books that are written about them are always fascinating. Part of the reasons Six of Crows is my favorite novel is because of the cons. When I was in middle school I read a few books by Ally Carter and I thought it was about time I revisited her writing. Recently I found myself wondering why the Mona Lisa was so famous, it's not that great of a painting, so what gives? So I looked into it and it's famous because it was stolen and they actually suspected Pablo Picasso. Art thieves really do exist. So I wanted to read about the measures that it would take to pull off a heist like that in today's world, and that is exactly the story Ally Carter provides here. She executes a very well planned plot in this book. It moves fast, keeps you guessing and had a few good twists along the way. Heist Society also sets the scene as an opener for a potentially great series about professional thieves. It was nice to revisit an old author of mine and Heist Society was a fast, fun read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book was like a mash up of National Treasure and the Pink Panther movies! Kind of slow at times, and not enough detail or explanation at other, it was overall a fun and quick read with a lot of suspense and build up. I felt that it would have been better if it had of been written in first person and I didn't like the love triangle between Hale, Kat, and Nick but than I usually don't like love triangles so maybe its just me. As I said overall a enjoyable read and I will be reading the next on This book was like a mash up of National Treasure and the Pink Panther movies! Kind of slow at times, and not enough detail or explanation at other, it was overall a fun and quick read with a lot of suspense and build up. I felt that it would have been better if it had of been written in first person and I didn't like the love triangle between Hale, Kat, and Nick but than I usually don't like love triangles so maybe its just me. As I said overall a enjoyable read and I will be reading the next ones to find out who the mysterious visily romani is!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jae (Bookish Bluebird)

    4.5 stars! I love heist movies so I guess it's not much of a surprised that I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the countdown pages and how this book made me feel like I've traveled the world as part of their team haa. There were some scenes that I wished I could have seen since I had trouble visualizing some of the details of their heist even with the descriptive narrative. The characters were all fantastic and hilarious. The crew dynamic was my favorite! Full review to come!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty-Marie Jones

    Oh, Kat. You are sneaky.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]

    OK. At this point, I don't know where i left the book. But the book seemed promesing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Three stars in the best way possible. :) This is the story of Katarina Bishop. She is a teenager, a boarding school reject, and an unambiguously moralistic thief. Kat and her posse of fellow teen thieves are on a mission to clear her dad's name of a dangerous crime before the dude he supposedly ripped off (who has the coolest name ever, Arturo Taccone) uses her father as an example of what happens when Mr. Taccone is crossed. Intrigue! Honestly, the beginning chapters did not grab me. At all. I th Three stars in the best way possible. :) This is the story of Katarina Bishop. She is a teenager, a boarding school reject, and an unambiguously moralistic thief. Kat and her posse of fellow teen thieves are on a mission to clear her dad's name of a dangerous crime before the dude he supposedly ripped off (who has the coolest name ever, Arturo Taccone) uses her father as an example of what happens when Mr. Taccone is crossed. Intrigue! Honestly, the beginning chapters did not grab me. At all. I thought that the writing was trying too hard, Kat was unreadable and/or boring, and the billionaire teenagers with a plethora of skills (they're mastermind thieves and know how to smolder!) were completely unrealistic. Let's talk about how these issues improved... or didn't. The writing. Overall, I really did enjoy Carter's writing style. This may be a stretch to some of you, but I was overwhelmingly reminded of E. Lockhart's writing in Frankie Landau-Banks. Frankie was a five-star book for me, so I mean that as a compliment. Both books have a certain polish and flair that I really like, as well as a propensity to be dramatic and self-important. You know... Although Kat did not know it at the time, what she did next would lead to one of the most important - and dangerous - events of her life! Not a direct quote, but both books employ that kind of dramatics to tell the story. The characters. First off, Kat never excited me much. I think of this as a more plot-centered book anyway, so I doubt it was ever on Carter's priority list to give the reader a deep and heartbreaking look at Kat's psyche or anything like that. Hale was basically Mr. Smexy. Apparently even grown women can't handle his charm, which I found unrealistic (dude, he's sixteen), but then I remembered that he's also a billionaire. And let's face it, money makes people hotter. Especially when said people are billionaires. The assorted teens who join Kat's thieving ranks are enjoyable and diverse. True, they don't wander much from their pre-established stereotypes, but they're quite fun. And Gabrielle gave Kat some legitimately good boy advice, and if Kat had bothered to take this advice a whole lot of romantic angst would have been avoided. But we can't have that, can we? Plot. Hey there, book-ruiner. Well, not ruin. But the whole set-up required a willingness to buy a premise that I just can't buy. Perhaps there are some teenagers who would be able to pull off a huge heist like this, but I didn't believe that these teenagers could. They spent too much time bantering and flirting and not enough time planning the dang thing. Carter made a very purposeful choice to make Kat and Co. clearly on the "good" side in this whole criminal business. They steal things just to give them back to their rightful owners! Maybe some readers would require this in order to enjoy the shenanigans, but I thought it was kinda silly. TIME OUT. I am sounding quite negative, so lemme take a minute to say that once the plot took off I was having the time of my life. The humor was very, very enjoyable and I thought that Nick was an interesting addition. I was so suspicious of him; I thought I had the whole plot twist figured out.... but I was wrong. Hale was good for the role he played. I especially liked the scene where he followed Kat to the bakery. (Maybe my love for Peeta has just made all romantic scenes involving baked goods automatically awesome for me.) I mean, he handed her a cup of hot chocolate and draped his coat over her shoulders! Sa-woon. There was a familiarity and immediacy in this book that I also really loved. These characters know each other well, and Carter didn't go out of her way to make their connections clear. I was extremely confused during the majority of the book as to how Hale and Kat even knew each other, and Carter just explained it in one line of dialogue near the end of the book. Very sly! And my most favorite gimmick she used was the pattern of mentioning, in passing, various tricks that could be used in a robbery. They had silly names like Avon Lady, Mary Poppins, and Five O'Clock Shadows. Best part: "Princess Bride?" Hamish offered, but his brother turned to him. "Do you know where we can find a six-fingered man on such short notice?"

  29. 3 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    My first thoughts: It’s like all the stealing movies! My second thought: Oh, wait, it IS the stealing movies. Can anyone say Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve and Thirteen, too)? What about The Italian Job? Or even Fast and Furious 5!?! The whole we-need-to-put-together-a-group-of-remarkable-people-so-they-can-steal-stuff is a very overdone principle and hard to make fresh. It is, though, totally awesome to read/watch. I NEVER get tired of the awesomeness behind a well-planned heist. I was really torn what My first thoughts: It’s like all the stealing movies! My second thought: Oh, wait, it IS the stealing movies. Can anyone say Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve and Thirteen, too)? What about The Italian Job? Or even Fast and Furious 5!?! The whole we-need-to-put-together-a-group-of-remarkable-people-so-they-can-steal-stuff is a very overdone principle and hard to make fresh. It is, though, totally awesome to read/watch. I NEVER get tired of the awesomeness behind a well-planned heist. I was really torn what rate this book, though. For the above reasons. I’ve WATCHED this book before (several times), so while I laughed and had a good time, everything felt so done before. I know, I know, I’m being callous! But still. It’s actually my first time reading a heist like this (though I watch them a lot), so I ended up rating it the 4 because I loved that kids could be so awesome and get away with it. Plot? Cool. Awesome. I looved how they did the heist on The Henley art gallery (I want to know if The Henley is a real place now!). I loved the details, the execution, the betrayal, the wittle loooove battle there. (so *coughadorablecough*) I love the creepiness behind the villain and the family-criminal-thing-happening-there. I have loads of unanswered questions, which is why I want to read the next one! (I also DO like the Gallagher Girl series, though I confess I’m waaay behind on the times and haven’t read them all. Yup. Throw tomatoes. I can take it.) Characters? I have to verge on the snarky-bookworm-here and say Kat (the narrator) didn’t have the strongest personality. She was “nice”, yeah, but niceness only carries so far. She needed a bit of oomph into her muchness (to quote the Hatter, here). She was really outshone by the secondary cast, I thought. The other members of her crew blew her out of the water, particularly her “hot and attractive” cousin: Gabrille. Gabrielle obviously had “it going” in all directions of attractiveness (so we’re told), but yet, the guys kept falling for Kat? What are we, the readers, not being told? The rest of the characters were awesome, if not a tiny bit cliché. I mean, come on! The tech-geek (Simon) was stutter-y and shy and a total dork. Hale (the totally “awesome” dude, and love-interest) was all cool-calm-and-collected 99% of the time. (He totally reminded me of Rusty from Ocean’s Eleven. Minus the continual eating.) Angus and Hamish were the typical foot-in-mouth brothers (like the brothers in Ocean’s…seeing a pattern here?). Gabrielle was the hot gal who the boys drooled over, but actually was useful for things other then her…um, legs. See? Awesome, but cliché. But I’m being way too tough! I DID love this book. I had a good time reading it (one afternoon snack, peoples!) and it played out like a movie in my head. A really cool movie. Minus the theme music. Anyone got popcorn? I could do with popcorn…

  30. 3 out of 5

    Nomes

    3 and a half :) Heist Society is like reading Ocean's Eleven but with a rag tag bunch of teens (including best friend hottie, glamour girl and geektastastic nerds). It's actually already been optioned for a film and I can see why. Not only is the plot intricate with a glamorous setting, but the writing is really a cut above. I loved the sophisticated tone and intelligent humour that amused me from the first chapter. Even with teenage protags, it doesn't necessarily have a YA feel about it. It's in 3 and a half :) Heist Society is like reading Ocean's Eleven but with a rag tag bunch of teens (including best friend hottie, glamour girl and geektastastic nerds). It's actually already been optioned for a film and I can see why. Not only is the plot intricate with a glamorous setting, but the writing is really a cut above. I loved the sophisticated tone and intelligent humour that amused me from the first chapter. Even with teenage protags, it doesn't necessarily have a YA feel about it. It's in third person POV, mostly from Kat, sometimes bordering on omniscient. Kat is the funkiest of main characters, spunky and determined, yet you see glimpses of insecurity that make her real and her motivations complex. In particular, I loved her dialogue. I wish I had connected to her a smidgen more though. Ally Carter knows how to keep the pace cracking with plot twists and clever foreshadowing. Add an eccentric but eeevil villain who continually ups the stakes and a puzzling and complex climax and you have an impressive book that it just plain fun. Confessions: Occasionally, I got lost with the plot, haha. I think I don't have the brain of a criminal and I floundered every now and then keeping track of the players. Probably b/c the pacing is pretty hard-core. I am a fan of fast-paced plots, so bring it on anyway :) I wanted to see more of Hale (Kat's best friend who is ever so cool and hot in the very best of ways). I'm wondering if it's the first in a series... I didnt think it would be so well written. Continually startled by the intelligent wit and smooth narration. Some of it reminded me of Adult Fiction author Jeffrey Archer's style, who writes cleverly with foreshadowing and double-crossing and characters who spark with wit and high IQ's... Conclusion: I gave it three and a half stars. Me & my ratings, it's a complex thing... It's definitely got the making of a 5 star book, plot so brilliant, writing so unique and intriguing. So, basically, my three and a half stars hovers between I liked it and I really liked it. It's not a fave b/c I mostly love character driven books, and this is is mostly plot. Occasionally, my brain hurt figuring it out, LOL . However, I'll be reading more of Ally Carter for sure as she has talent (like, whoah) and I think this book brings something unique to the YA scene. And, when I see other 5 star reviews, yeah, I think it deserves it, b/c if this premise appeals to you, you wouldn't find much better than this... Recommended if you like mystery and action and fast-paced round-the-world double crossing crime scene showdowns. If this sounds like your kind of thing you should definitely read the first chapter here. It showcases Ally Carter's beautiful writing and starts with intelligence and intrigue :)

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