Review: Heist Society

June 4, 2013 Review 17 ★★★½

Review: Heist Society
Heist Society by Ally Carter
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 287
Release Date: February 10th 2010
Series: Heist Society #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Young Adult
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.


HEIST SOCIETY is another tale of teen thievery by Ally Carter. While it is a fun and entertaining read, much like her Gallagher Girls series, I could not help but think that something was missing. Something that put it over the top, made it memorable.

Katarina Bishop comes from a family of master thieves. Tiring of that life, she steps away and pursues a normal life at a prestigious boarding school. Soon after, she is framed for a crime and kicked out. Her family needs her again, and going back to her life as a thief is the only way she can save her father.

HEIST SOCIETY is never boring. The plot keeps you engaged and there is a great balance between the action and other elements. On the other hand, so much going on made it a little difficult to keep up at times. At other times, readers were obviously supposed to be able to put two and two together but sometimes there were not enough clues to do so and that was frustrating.

As for the romance, I am not much of a fan when the main character and the boy best friend obviously like each other but it takes three novels for a real confession to take place. It’s cliche and I just want to shove them together already!

Overall, the novel was a pretty quick read but one that leaves you wishing there was just a little something else to make it truly great. I will be reading the sequel.


Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

17 Responses to “Review: Heist Society”

  1. Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

    Can I say what professional review this is. I wish mine were this standard. I’m a big fan of The Gallagher Girls so I’m very curious to see if it will live up to the standard. I’m hoping to read this soon. 3 BOOKS UNTILL A CONFESSION, that’s pretty annoying. Even though there were some overall flaws I’m glad you liked this one.
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    • Alise

      Wow, thank you! :) I’m so glad you liked it. I also very much enjoyed Gallagher Girls, I need to read them again!

  2. Stephanie @ The Novlist

    What you said about Gallagher Girls is exactly how I felt! It was fun and light, but I always felt like it had that missing X factor to it that would’ve really made me love it. I haven’t read Heist Society yet, but I’m looking forward to it without having super high expectations. Great review!
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    • Alise

      Definitely! These are easy, fun reads. Maybe we are being too picky wishing for something more :P Thank you!

  3. Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews

    What. 3 books for a confession? Oh boy. Haha. But I’m glad it wasn’t boring! I’ve got all three books in the series so far so I’m gonna wait and see if I enjoy it, I hope so because I heard it’s quite a fun read. Great review Alise :)

    • Alise

      Well, I’m not for sure it takes three books, that is an educated guess ;) Yeah, they are definitely enjoyable! Thank you!

  4. Aman

    This is one of my favorite crime series, though I’d say that Heist Society was an average read compared to the other books in this series. I agree that it’ll take some time to get use to the narration because like you said, at times some scenes are told in a very vague manner and we as the reader have to put the pieces together, but for me that was the fun part. You’ll get use to it by the next book. The romance really frustrated me too, but Kat & Hale are very young, so I guess it’s fine if they are not declaring their love. Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Thanks! If you like books like this I must recommend Money Run! So good. Very true about them being young, maybe I am getting too used to insta-love! Oh no, I must regroup!

  5. Wendy Darling

    You know, I actually totally agree with you on this. So many of my friends love this, and while I enjoyed reading it, like you, I wasn’t ever wowed by it. I kept waiting for it to be as zany and fun as so many people seemed to say it was, but it never really reached that level of awesome for me. Still, I’m going to give the second book a go sometime–and maybe Gallagher Girls will be fun, too!

    Thanks for the review. :)
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    • Alise

      It’s always great to share a similar opinion! I will also be picking up the second book. I actually liked the Gallagher Girls a bit better, but then again I was a bit younger.

  6. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    I agree! I thought this book was a lot of fun, but it felt like there was something missing. I wasn’t sold on the romance portrayed in Heist Society, either. I’m glad to hear that you plan to continue with the series, though! In my opinion, Uncommon Criminals was a huge improvement over Heist Society in every area. I have book 3 from the library right now, and I’m hoping that trend continues.
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    • Alise

      Good point, I don’t care for the romance yet either. Ooh, glad to hear the second book is better! I have that out from the library too :)

  7. Tory

    Oh, I’ve seen average to good reviews for this series and have yet to pick it up! However, I like the concept of a family of thieves, lol. From your review, I guess I won’t be enjoying the romance part either! :P I think I’ll grab this up when I’m looking for a fun and light read? ;) Great review, Alise! Also, I love the rating report you have at the bottom of your review posts, looks super professional and it’s clear cut too! :D
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