My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This should be three stars, but I had a ton of fun reading it. Hence the four stars.
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.Can I just point out the writing style? It's so dang BEAUTIFUL. While that may have made it difficult to connect to Kat, it kept me glued to the story. Ally Carter's got talent, y'all. And is she a former FBI agent? Because the details in the Henley's protection system were amazing.
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.
Kat has the potential to be relatable (except for, you know, being the thief. I can't relate to that, I swear), but she was lacking. I understand she isn't a normal teenager, but doesn't she have normal teenage feelings? Is she, or is she not, falling for Hale?
Would I read other books by Ally Carter? I just pulled a copy of Uncommon Criminals from the library shelf, so...yes.
Violence: A or B
Adult Content: A
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