Sunday, July 24, 2011

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Genre: adventure
Series and Book #: Heist Society #2
Pages: 298

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems: First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long—and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is…the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


An awesome sequel to an equally awesome first novel. Uncommon Criminals had my nerves on end, had me biting my nails in anticipation, and laughing out loud! Kat and her crew were awesome characters and I was so happy to revisit them.

The stakes were higher than before in this novel, and the con was more complex. At first, it was simple. But after Kat initially stole the Cleopatra Emerald, Ally threw in a twist that I didn't see coming. After that, everything grew more risky, and Kat was taking emotional tolls throughout the whole story. She was forced to uncover some nasty family secrets, confront some feelings for Hale, and through it all she had to believe in herself even when things got tricky. She would be all into the heist, then back away, nervous and afraid. Then something would go right, and she'd be all for the con again. I think she was forced to choose between the family business and doing what she had been before the Emerald had appeared--stealing for the original owners of lost pieces.

The same cast from Heist Society was back and still as awesome as before! Hale, Gabrielle, Simon, the Bagshaw brothers, and even Nick were included. I loved the character that Ally put into each one of Kat's crew members, making them all very real.

Overall, Ally did a marvelous job with this sequel. The heists were just as fun as before, and had just as much detail. The characters all had minds of their own, and weren't just two-dimensional. And the secrets and mysteries that Ally added made everything especially interesting. Can't wait to see if Ally has more planned for Kat and crew!

The Cover: Just like Heist Society's, I love Kat's shades and the Emerald reflected in them.

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