Sunday, February 5, 2012
Heist Society by Ally Carter
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 picked this book up at the bookstore because they had it on sale and I had heard great things. When I started the book, I was intrigued, I had never read a similar thief sort of book, but as the book moved along I lost interest in the plot as well as the characters. The main character Kat, did not really connect with me, I just couldn't understand her motives for many of her actions or her seeming connection to Hale and why she didn't acknowledge it much. The other characters were light and fun, but they lacked the depth that I would have liked to have seen in them. The writing was good, it just didn't catch me as the story went on, it did provide all the necessary details for the story though. The plot was the big let down for me, it just did not keep my attention, nor did it bore me too much. I was kind of stuck in limbo on this one. Overall, I would give this book a 3/5 for not boring me, but certainly not entertaining me.