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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Released: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Rated: YA
Series: Heist Society, Book 2
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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 . . . 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 and 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.

What I thought

I loved the first book and was wondering how this would be. Well, I loved it. I thought it was a perfect second book and it continued the story well. Kat is just a great character and you can't help but love her. I love her need to right wrongs and not to steal from the good guys. It was interesting to see her on the other end of things in this book, and all the trouble she goes through to try and set things right. She's got a good head on her shoulders that really makes the story shine. And then there's Hale. Who couldn't resist him?

This is one of the best series I have picked up. What I love about it is it is so different from all the other YA novels out there. Not paranormal, but not ordinary either. There is such potential in this series. Take, for instance, the Cleopatra Emerald. It made for such a great story; a lot of mishaps, heartache, and adventure.

I actually listened to the audiobook and I was completely captivated as I listened to the narrator tell the story. I don't often do audiobooks, I prefer to have the real thing, but I have grown to love audiobooks when I can actually sit and read. And this is one of the better narrated books I have listened too! Angela Dawe was spectacular. She had such a range of accents and voices for all the characters that at time I forgot there was only one reader. It really helped to bring Ally Carter's characters to life. This is definitely an audiobook worth looking into!

This is a series I'm really excited to see more in. I love the idea of the series and I think there are more great novels to come from Ally Carter and her Heist Society characters.

My Rating

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Lisa said...

I think a good audiobook can add so much to the story. It's a totally different experience then reading it.

I'm glad we get to see more of Hale! What do you think the W.W. stand for?

Aimee said...

OH man, I can't wait to find out. I don't have any guesses. I should have kept a tally for all the ones she's tried out though!!

Jules said...

This is a series that I've been meaning to try it for a while now - I never thought about getting it on audio! I've only recently discovered how much I like listening to audio books.

Great review as always!

Karen said...

I really have to read this series and find out more about Hale! It sounds fun and a little unique.

Aimee said...

Karen, Jules, you guys will love this series!

Jinny (SkyInk.net) said...

Yay, I'm so glad to find someone who loves this series as well! I'm absolutely addicted to the Heist Society series and I thought Uncommon Criminals was great as well. That's so cool that you listened to the audiobook version of it!

Aimee said...

Jinny, you'll have to try it out! I bought the book (I'm obsessive like that) too so I can read it later but was glad to listen to the audio version.

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