Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

I recently heard about a YA writer named Ally Carter on Clean Teen Fiction. My library happened to have one of Ally's books, Heist Society, so I decided to give it a try.

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.

The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Heist Society was a lot of fun. It reminded me of the Ocean's movies (which I really enjoy), except with teenagers. Kat seemed much older than 15-how could she not be mature beyond her years with her upbringing? I really liked her, which in a way is crazy because she's a thief.

You are rooting for the bad guys in this book, but it was sort of a battle between two evils. There was definitely a greater evil and a lesser evil, and you wanted the lesser evil to be victorious! Kind of like Robin Hood.

This was an enjoyable read that was clean, with the possible exception of one part where Kat is ogled when her disguise makes her team very aware that she's a girl.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Kat and her crew's story in the next Heist Society novel.