Title: Heist Society (Heist Society #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Format: Hardback (Disney-Hyperion | Borrowed)
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.
It was confusing in the first and middle part. When Kat first got into the case and I have no idea what they are doing and I hardly saw the link between what they were doing and what does it got to do with that case. When I got through that confusing part, things started to escalate pretty quickly and with the deadline coming soon it just kept me turning the pages. I really love how these teenagers did their planning and their hypothesis for this case and the description of it is so intricate and detailed. I’m impressed by that and I want to read more of this series.
One thing different about this book is that there are no cheesy romantic scenes which is kind of refreshing and I really want more of such novels whereby the romance part is toned down and the main plot is amplified. I felt that these teenagers have very good camaraderie although at times they disagree with each other decisions like when Kat brought in an outsider to help them with their case as they were short-handed. I felt like when you are dealing with such stuff, the only goal they have in mind is not to get caught so I felt that it was normal as their lives were at stakes and they have to make sure their plan is fool-proof. I also like how quick-witted they were when they were in awkward circumstances.
I loved how detailed it was but like I said earlier I had problems with the first and middle part. This could be probably I’m not used to such genre and hence not familiar with the terms used or the reasons behind their actions. That was a downfall if not this book could be a 4 star instead of a 3.5 star.