Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Posted May 17, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society

by Ally Carter
Published on February 9th, 2010
by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, Friendship, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, All Fall Down, The Gallagher Girls Series

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.

5 Stars

I’M AN ALLY CARTER FANGIRL. That’s all there is to it. Sorry if you’re tired about me ranting about the AWESOMENESS THAT IS ALLY CARTER but I’m back for some more.

Freaking Ally Carter. I still can’t fathom that I met her in March.

The story opens up with Kat (our MC) being called into the principal’s office for a prank… that she didn’t do. Even though she didn’t do it, someone sure made it look like she did. Enter W. W. Hale the Fifth (I’ll talk more about him later) who whisks her away and back into the life that she left behind, the family business, stealing. She returns home to find that life still moved on without her and she has quite the mess to clean up.

It, like always, is a fascinating world that Ally has created. I liked that it was different than GG and that the majority of this book is spent traveling the world gathering information. Kat finds out that her father is believed to have stolen priceless paintings (stolen by the Nazis) from a powerful mobster only he too has been framed. Regardless, Kat decides the only way to get the mobster off her back is to steal back the paintings; only problem, they could be anywhere in the world.

Enter the ragtag team of awesomeness. We have Gabrielle (the eye candy), Simon (the computer wiz), Angus and Hamish (the troublemakers), and Nick (the unknown variable). And Kat and Hale, of course. People have said that it’s like Ocean’s Eleven for teens and I totally agree, it’s a super fun comparison and a really fun book.

Back to Hale. Now, Hale is not Zach. You’re probably thinking duh but Zachary Goode is everything forever and ever amen so… Besides his one major flaw, he’s a fun character that I really enjoyed. He is swoony and he sure knows what he wants.

I’ve read the second book as well (waiting for the third one from the library) and I have to say that Kat reminded me of Cammie at times. The problem lies in the fact that Cammie and Zach are OTP and one of my favorite OTPs of all time. I hate to keep comparing them but it’s hard not to. If you couldn’t tell, Zach & Cammie/Gallagher Girls > Kat and Hale/Heist Society but I still love Ally’s writing and I need the next book in my life. 

I’m sick and it’s finals week so I can’t attest to this being my best review ever but thanks for reading!

About Ally Carter

Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going…and going…and going…until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.

Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…

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3 responses to “Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

  1. Liza

    Shoot! How is it that I haven’t read any of her books Valerie? I do have All Fall Down, so I will try to read that one first. Great review and I’m happy you loved it 🙂

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