Katarina Bishop comes from a family of skilled art thieves. She's been participating in heists of famous artwork since she was a child, but now she wants out. She wants to go to school like a normal person, have friends like normal people, and not have to watch her back. But she gets dragged into her old life all over again when her father is framed for a theft he actually had nothing to do with. If she doesn't find out who really stole the artwork, a very bad man is going to retaliate in a very bad way. In order to keep her father safe, Kat sets forth a scheme for the heist of the century. But she is just a teenager, and it's easy for things to spiral out of control.
Teens at my library have been recommending this one to me for ages. I had been putting it off because I'm not a huge fan of books where the main character is a thief. Or an assassin. Not that I haven't enjoyed books in which the main character doesn't share my moral compass - but it can be tricky to pull that off in a way that makes me care enough to keep reading. Happily that was not an issue with this book. I found Kat's predicament made for a page-turning story, and the characters surrounding her added to the fun - particularly the developing (if slightly mysterious) relationship between Kat and Hale. In fact, I may have enjoyed this one even more than the Gallagher Academy series books that I've read. This first book ends in a satisfying way but does leave a lot of questions unanswered, and I look forward to continuing with the series.
Books in the Heist Society series:
1. Heist Society
2. Uncommon Criminals
3. Perfect Scoundrels
Heist Society (#1 in the Heist Society series) by Ally Carter (Disney/Hyperion, 2010)
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