Saturday, January 25, 2014

Racing & Crooked: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)Heist Society by Ally Carter
Date Released: February 9, 2010
Publisher: Disney - Hyperion 

Pages: 287 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Won @ My local Library
Rating: Loved It
Series: (Heist Society #1) 

Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 

From Goodreads

Heist Society is what I would call a great mixed of "Ocean's Eleven" along with some James Bond influence. You have kick ass characters, a great hook, and it's a book about spies and thieving, of course this one will be amazing. I had some many times where I tried to attempt this book, but this time around I got around it and finished it completely and I am happy to say I really fully liked it a lot!
We meet kick ass character, Kat Bishop, and in her whole life she knows how to steal and get away with it. Her family also has been in the business of stealing and thieving and it's in Kat's blood to steal. Plus she does it well :) Along with being kick out from a private academy, her father is in deep water and it's her time to step in and do it right. I honeslty love Kat in the books! She was such a character and complex character and seeing her managing her situation was great. She had that mix of a "James Bond attitude" with a "I don't care, I'm going to do it" Katniss Everdeen attitude which I completely loved!
One thing that didn't appeal to me in Heist Society was the third perspective and the way the story flowed. It was honestly a great book but I just couldn't get passed the third POV! I know right! I'm the only one who cannot do third POV and I found myself thinking of something else in the middle of the sentence. I didn't hooked me and kept me reading constantly, but I did still like the book! The story needed a better flow in terms of how Kat and Hale tried to find a solution to Kat's situation.
The characters in Heist Society is one thing that completely stood out. I love it when an author achieves that perfect balance of characters. You have the kick ass character: Kat, the romance: Nick and Hale, and the suspense: Arturo Taccone. Along with a bunch of minor characters that really brought the plot together despite it's flow. I would definitely recommend Heist Society to any reader! It was a great book that I liked and I'm sure everyone will like the characters and the plot!
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