Review: Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter



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


As I’ve said only a million times before: I LOVE ALLY CARTERS BOOKS! So no surprise, Heist Society is no exception.

“I’m the guy who happened to be home the night Kat came to steal a Monet.”

Two words: teenage thieves. That’s all you need to know. Gallagher Girls is about teenage spies, Embassy Row is about teenagers who live on, whoa surprise, Embassy Row and Heist Society is about teenage thieves and it’s so brilliant. 

When Kat’s dad is accused of stealing a powerful man’s art collection, Kat has to step up and help. So she gathers a crew: the nerdy Simon, her cousin the beautiful Gabrielle, the Bagshaw brothers and.. Hale. W.W. Hale the Fifth, who’s first name Kat didn’t know, not even after two years. Who’s not in any way family, but in so many other ways he is.

Hale was Hale. And not knowing what the W’s stood for had become a constant reminder to Kat that, in life, there are some things that can be given but never stolen.

So with this crew Kat has to steal the paintings back.. from the Henley. Aka the biggest and most secure museum in the world. And she only has two weeks to come up with a plan.

“Thanks to you, Gabs, we just figured out a half dozen ways not to rob the Henley.”

I love this book a lot, because 1) TEENAGE THIEVES HELLO and 2) I admire their smartness to rob the freaking Henley. And Ally Carter always writes the best characters, so of course I couldn’t help but fall in love with Kat and Hale and even all the side characters.

“How are we doing, Simon?” she whispered into the small microphone in her collar.
“Just about…” Simon started slowly. And then he stopped. “Wow.”
“What?” she asked, panic in her voice.
“Nothing,” he said too quickly.
“What?” she asked again.
“Well…it’s just that…your boobs look even bigger on TV.”
Kat took that opportunity to turn and glare at the nearest security camera. In his bathroom stall thirty feet away, Simon nearly fell off the toilet.”

I also loved all the ways they came up with to rob  the Henley, because they all have funny names and are never explained but that makes it fun. Example A:

“What about a Princess Bride?”
“Where are we gonna find a six-fingered man on such short notice?”

It’s refreshing, funny, smart, and with a lot of plot twists. They’re also easy reads and perfect  for a sunny summer day.

“It’s every little girl’s dream,” she said. “Interpol surveillance. And kittens.”

amy calloway sisters


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