Monday, 3 October 2011

Book Review: Heist Society

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. 

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but it seems as if at least one post or review about Heist Society appears in my news feed each day....and for good reason! After finally having the chance to check out this book for myself, I discovered a fast paced con novel that captured my attention from page one. Heist Society is one of those quick reads, where it seems as if you have only just started when you sadly realize that you've reached the last page. There was no messing around with lengthly descriptions or unnecessary conversations for author Ally Carter. Rather, she came up with some loveable characters, spun a fabulous plot, and managed to weave it all together into one fabulous novel.

That isn't to say, however, that Heist Society is a completely new and refreshing story. While it does have its unique aspects, Heist Society is a lot like many other con plots already out there. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of Holly Black's Curse Worker Series, or the ever popular Ocean's 11 franchise... but what's so wrong with that? Stories of the perfect con like in Ocean's 11 are thrilling, and give readers a taste of living dangerously. So while Heist Society may have borrowed a couple of things from con novels in the past, I still absolutely adored it! 

And to make it even better, it's set to be turned into a movie by Warner Brothers! The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking about how great it would be on the big screen, so I'm looking forward to finding out more movie details as they come out. I kind of hope that they make the main characters a little bit older though, because although the novel brings up that Katarina is only 15 a bunch of times, I still kept picturing her as 18 or 19. Anyways... Would I recommend Heist Society? Most definitely. 

Rating: 4 Stars


Karen @ Book Light Graveyard said...

I'm so glad you liked this book! It's my favorite of all the books I've read in the past couple of months. And I definitely agree it should be made into a movie--that would totally rock! Great review!

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