Thursday, April 11, 2013

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Release date: June 21, 2011
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 298
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
Like Heist Society before it, Uncommon Criminals is just such a fun book! The stakes are raised and the heists are more exciting than before. I loved love loved Heist Society and just couldn't wait to get embroiled in Kat and Hale's newest venture. Because they're adorable. I mean, come on! The cutest in the world. I really can't get over it; I'm quite sorry.

After pulling off the heist of the century, Kat is set on a new path in life--one of using her special skills to steal back what has already been stolen. So when an old woman comes to her asking for help getting the world's most famous jewel, the Cleopatra emerald, back, she embraces the challenge. With a little help from her friends, she has to face not only the normal security hurdles, but a supposed ancient curse and has to face off against a woman who knows all of her tricks. Kat has to rely on herself and her friends to get this con done.

I thought Uncommon Criminals was going to follow the general plot of Heist Society, since it seems like the kind of series that would do that. Luckily for us, that is not the case! Sure, Kat has to pull off a seemingly impossible heist, but there are so many more twists and turns in the plot that keep you on your toes. I was surprised time and time again by what happened, but I looooved it!

I'm not going to be long-winded here, since it's really not necessary. This is absolutely the most fun series I've read in a very long time.

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