When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
I purchased Heist Society in June of 2010 because it looked spectacular and I’d read some favorable ideas. It sat patiently on my dresser for six months until during a recent read-a-thon I saw on Twitter that Kristen of Bookworming in the 21st Century read it and gave it 5 stars. I’d just finished a heavy, contemporary novel, and knew right away that I had to pick up Heist Society. Heist Society is a fast-paced, fun and flirty read, which was exactly what I needed.
Whether it’s James Bond or Ally Carter, I think any great spy story needs to have two particular elements, and Heist Society had them both. A setting abroad that gives the reader a case of wanderlust? Check. Gadgets so fancy I covet them yet would have no idea how to use them in real life? Check.
In addition to all of this, Carter has also created some lovable characters. Although Kat is sharp and a criminal mastermind who’s able to think on her feet, she also has a compassionate side. I loved her sidekick, Hale, for similar reasons. Sure, he acted cocky sometimes, but also had a very sweet side.
I am so glad that I decided to send my TBR pile into turmoil and throw Heist Society into the mix. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves adventure, spies, strong female characters and cute boys. I can see just about any teen girl finding an element of this book that they love. I can’t wait to read Heist Society’s upcoming sequel Uncommon Criminals, as well as Carter’s other books.