Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society
by Ally Carter
Summary (from Amazon): 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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history--or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
This book was really... fun. And I loved it.

It's not one of those books that you read and it feels like something inside of you has changed because of it, it's just entertaining.

It's well written and fast paced with all the charm that Ally's Gallagher Girls books have and, like the Gallagher Girls series, it also has a whole cast of great characters that have you wishing they were real and that you were a part of their group, a part of their family (and I'm not just talking about family by blood, Ally has a talent for creating the families you get to choose - groups of people who aren't related but with the kind of friendships that are right up there next to family on the importance scale and that just spills from the pages).

I honestly wouldn't know where to begin when choosing a favourite character because they were all pretty great; the bad guys were perfectly evil, the cute boys were awesomely swoon-worthy, the minor characters were delightfully funny and adorable, the parental figures managed to be the kind of awesome I wish existed outside of fiction and the female characters totally brought the girl power without being annoying.

Really, I think the characters made the story. The plot was interesting and enjoyable to read about but it was the characters, all of them, that kept me turning the pages and it was the characters that left me dying to read more once I had turned the last page and now I can't wait for the sequel.

Books like this are difficult for me to review because, like I said, I loved it but it didn't move me in the same way books like Jellicoe Road or Looking for Alaska or Some Girls Are did and so when I'm listing my reasons for loving the book it always sounds incredibly generic.

Basically, I really recommend the book, it was awesome (especially if you were like me when you were younger and instead of dreaming of being a princess or something equally cliche for girls, you wanted to be a pirate or a ninja or a spy or something along those lines).

Later.

2 comments:

  1. awesome review, I could really use a fun book right now :) can't wait to read it... (hurry up library!)

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  2. Great review :) I LOVED this book as well, and agree with everything you said- especially about the characters!

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