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.