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Monday, April 5, 2010

Ally Carter: Heist Society

I'm a big fan of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series. The fourth book in the series will not be published until June, so I'm glad Ally wrote Heist Society to keep readers occupied while we wait.

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off 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 (very crooked) history -- and with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

The story was very "Ocean's 11" meets "The Bourne Identity" meets "The Italian Job," which is to say it was filled with travel, quirky characters, and adventure. I loved those movies. I loved reading Heist Society.

I probably said this in every single Gallagher Girls review, but what I love about Ally Carter is her ability to write strong, smart female characters. Sure, they love fashion and boys, but it doesn't define them. Katarina Bishop is a shining example of that--clever, brave, and downright resourceful.

The plot was fresh and fast-paced, the characters were interesting, and the ending wasn't at all predictable.

If you're like me and love to travel or wander around museums, but can't afford a summer vacation--or maybe you just want a break from all the vampire/paranormal stories taking over YA Fiction--Heist Society is the perfect escape.

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