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Heist Society Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 9, 2010
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For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business—thieving. When Kat tries to leave "the life" for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster's art collection has been stolen, and Kat's father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.
The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 2/9/2010
- Pages: 304
- Reading Level: Age 11 and Up
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This book took me a little by surprise. In a good way though. A while back I was in a bit of a reading funk. There were too many books to choose from, not enough time to read them all, and not sure what genre I felt like delving into. Someone from Goodreads recommended a ton of adventure/fantasy books, one of them being Heist Society. I kept seeing this book everywhere for a while, but finally gave it a go a few days ago. I am so glad I did, because this book was a lot of fun to read/listen to.
"Time, the greatest thief of all." -Ally Carter, Heist Society
And that is exactly what it feels like for Kat and her friends since they are racing against the clock in order to steal and return Arturo Taccone's precious paintings back to him. Kat was a fun character to get to know. Her and Hale have an interesting relationship. They may not always see eye to eye on everything, but it is obvious that they trust on each other.
Heist Society is a humorous and lighthearted read/listen. I listened to this one on audio-book and I thought that the narrator did a really good job with all of the voices and also conveying the emotions of each character/situation.
I liked the humor throughout the story. Like I said previously, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was easy to get into, and there was always something going on, so I never felt uninterested. Romance takes a backseat in this story, which I did not have an issue with. The bulk of the story revolves around trying to pull of the big Heist at The Henley.
I liked all the characters too. Kat was very likable. She was strong and smart and she managed to pull off being a thief while still being a good person. I just wanted to push her into Hale's arms the entire book. I kept reading and thinking, "on the next page something is going to happen between Hale and Kat" and then most of time nothing happened.
So I am hoping in the next book more happens between the two of them.
I am also a big sucker for art and museums, so I loved hearing all the descriptions of the paintings and the Henley. All of the heist planning was really interesting for me too. It got me thinking and had me trying to piece together their plot. That kept me really engaged in the storyline. A few times, however; a lot was going on at once and I found myself having to re-read a paragraph to keep from getting confused. But that's only because there were a lot of high action scenes in this book.
Great book! I look forward to seeing what will happen next, and I can only hope to see more Hale/Kat interaction.
But Kat's got a big problem. A seriously bad man thinks her father stole some of his prized artwork, and he's laying the responsibility of getting it back squarely on Kat's shoulders...or else. With the help of her billionaire best friend (boyfriend??) Hale, and her cousin Gabrielle, Kat crisscrosses Europe to track down the stolen art, and when she finally locates it, she calls in the rest of her crew. They've worked well together in the past, but no one's ever managed to do what they need to do: rob the most exclusive and heavily secured museum in the world. I won't divulge anymore of the plot, but it's smart, exciting, full of twists and surprises, and emotional, too. I couldn't put it down!
I call this an escapist read because it's a quick and fun read, but it's actually pretty heavy on themes of family, friendship, trust, and doing the right thing, and I shed a tear at the end. I can see why this series has so many devoted fans and I am very much looking forward to Kat's next adventure in Uncommon Criminals!