Monday, October 3, 2011

Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter

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.

Katerina and her gang of friends certainly made this book interesting. I put off reading the start of this series for a long time, but am finally happy to have been exposed to this awesome book. I love the characters. Katerina had a beautiful name, a beautiful, cunning mind, and a beautiful heart that struggled over the meaning of good and bad. I liked that she could hang out with the boys and be a girl. My favorite scene had to be when she surprises them all by busting out her boobs for the occasion. Hale was the perfect love interest and was sweet and confusing, perfectly understandable to Kat. Gabrielle, Simon, and the Bagshaw all lend their different personalities and humor to make this cast funny and memorable.
I can honestly say that I have never read book about a teenage thief and that Kat would be the first. I loved her struggle of what was right and what was in her. She came to wonderful compromise and still didn't betray herself. This book was very family oriented and just...different. When and if I read another book about a teenage thief, Heist Society will be the one to beat.

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