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Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society” by Ally Carter
Review by Shelli Harrel, Children's Librarian

Age Range: 11 and up 
Grade Level: 6 - 9  
Series: A Heist Society Novel  
  • Paperback: 304 pages  
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Description: 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.

Shelli's review:
Over the past few months, I have heard many individuals confess their love of young adult books by various authors. While I have read a number of different books over the years, there are many in this category that I have yet to read. Intrigued by all of the talk, I decided to select an author and try reading their young adult series. One of the series that I have heard several people mention is a series by Ally Carter entitled “Heist Society”. The concept of the book seemed interesting, so I gave it a try and before I knew it, I had finished not only the first book, but all three books in the series.

Heist Society” is the story of a teenage girl named Kat who grew up in a family of thieves. Desperate to live a normal life and escape the family business, she enrolls in a private school where no one knows her or her family’s past. Her anonymity and fresh start do not last long, as she soon discovers that priceless paintings have been stolen from a powerful mobster and her father is the prime suspect. In an effort to clear her father’s name and protect her family, Kat leaves her new life behind and finds herself once again immersed in another risky heist. Set amidst a backdrop of various European cities, this story keeps you guessing as Kat works to pull off a seemingly impossible job, while keeping under the radar of Interpol, who are trailing her suspect father. With a two week deadline looming and the safety of her family at stake, Kat must use all available resources to steal back the paintings. She is assisted in her task by a colorful cast of characters from her billionaire friend/crush, Hale, to her, master thief uncle, Eddie.

Filled with plenty of suspense and humor, “Heist Society” is an enjoyable novel. I liked the way that the author portrays Kat's struggle with wanting a “normal life” and her loyalty to her family and friends. The book is an easy read and filled with interesting twists and turns. While she longs to escape life as a thief, Kat ultimately discovers where her heart truly lies and how she can use her skills to help right the wrongs of others. I would recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves action and adventure stories with a hint of romance mixed in.

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