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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
This is a series about teenage thieves, which would be awesome by anyone else but with Ally Carter it surpasses awesome and heads right toward epic, as any Ally Carter book should.
Katherina Bishop just wants to have a normal life. She wants to go to boarding school and not have to plan heists or wiggle through air ducts or jump off buildings. But naturally her plan is put to a halt by none other than her best friend, W.W. Hale the 5th, who somehow managed to get her headmaster’s car wedged upside down in a fountain.
It turns out that a dangerous, wealthy man’s paintings have been stolen, and the man has zeroed in on none other than Kat’s dad. So of course, Kat has to help.
The world building in this is absolutely fantastic. Ally Carter adds enough detail to make you curious (Why does the Rumpelstiltskin Heist need a hypnotist?), but she doesn’t make Kat explain every little heist a character mentions.
The characters are all fantastic, too. The quite, smart Kat, the secretive, sarcastic Hale, the (seemingly) shallow, flirty Gabrielle…the list goes on, and each character is more interesting and unique than the last.
And, for a book with a lot of scenes of people sitting around planning, it somehow manages to not be boring. I think it’s because of the air of realness that in the book, you can easily imagine all the teenagers going in and doing the heist in the real world.
This book is quite worth the read.
Also, still relating to the Spies and Thieves world of Ally Carter, I found a free short story on Amazon that’s a crossover. That’s right, the book is narrated by none other than Macey McHenry of Gallagher Academy, and Heist Society’s W.W. Hale the 5th. You can find it here. It’s worth the $0.00
And I was browsing Ally Carter’s Goodread’s account…she’s writing another Heist Society book! It doesn’t even have a publication date yet, but it’s there! Maybe we finally get to learn what Hale’s first name is.