Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: June 2011
Pages: 304
Source: Library
For: Fun

Series: Heist Society, Book 2

Kat's reputation, since the last major break-in she planned, has preceded her everywhere.  But, when she's asked to steal the Cleopatra Emerald - steal it and return it to its rightful owners - she's just a little bit nervous.  Not only is it hard to get a public glimpse of the emerald, it is also cursed.  Can she and her crew manage to get their hands on this slippery jewel or will the game finally be up for Kat?

Things I Liked:
Ally Carter has the ability to make a smart, fun, action-movie-like plot into a fantastic book.  I loved reading this, figuring out what Kat would do next and how she would pull off another fabulous heist.  I especially loved that Kat was doing all of this while trying to figure herself out.  She's vulnerable and she makes mistakes, and she's not sure who she is, but she knows what she's good at too.  I just had such a good time reading it that I can't wait for more thieving action.

Things I Didn't Like:
I did have some of the heist figured out (though, I was really thinking "she should have done this" and then learned...she did).  But none of that spoiled it for me.  Especially because Carter made me doubt what I thought before the end and managed to keep the intrigue and suspense all the way through.  Great story!

Start with Heist Society by Ally Carter
A bit like the Curse Workers series by Holly Black

s-factor: none 

if there are, they are few and far between

mrg-factor: none 

v-factor: -> 
some action, nothing graphic

Overall rating: **** 

Why are books about thievery and mafia-ish societies so appealing to this law-abiding girl?

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  1. These books are #1 on my list of books to read for sheer entertainment! Something about them -- not my usual fare -- but I love them!

  2. This is sooo not my style, but I am willing to give this series a try because of what you said about the character development. I can love any plot if I love the character!

  3. Annette, I'm not generally into them either, but how I love Ally Carter's books!

    Christy, I hope you like them - they are lots of fun.

  4. You figured out the heist?? Really? Wow. I'm impressed.

    I can't wait for the third one. I love me some Hale. (I know, I know...)

  5. Melissa, I guess I figured out the 2nd heist, which I was pretty proud of, since I couldn't believe I would. Mind you, not right away, just when it was happening I thought it would make sense (you know how they reveal later what actually happened). I'm excited for more Hale too!

  6. I've had this out of the library for what feels like forever, and have yet to get really into it. I just don't like this series as much as Gallagher Girls. But Ally Carter's writing is so great, I might have to give it just one more try.

  7. Katie, I've heard that a lot actually! Hopefully it will work for you.


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