Series: Heist Society #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 9, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- I love stories like this, bad guys who are really good guys. It’s the YA version of Oceans 11 or Leverage.
- Obviously the cons are completely outrageous but they are really fun. They do so many cool things and what’s even better is that they don’t use a whole lot of special tools/gadgets to get it done. I wished they would have explained the cons better after they were finished (the ins and outs of how it worked). That’s my favorite part of Leverage.
- I was a little bothered that Kat was only 15. I know that the whole premise is not “real” but it seems a bit realistic that a 15 year old could get around like she does (there’s a lot of traveling to different countries). Hale didn’t seem 16 either. Honestly in my head I made them all in the 18-20 range because for me that made more sense.
- There were some romantic instances between Kat and Hale but not a whole lot of romance. They were super cute though. This area of the book was the only one that I felt fit their age range.
- Kat was a really good main character. She wasn’t all “please save me” or “I can’t survive without my boyfriend.” At times she was the exact opposite, going to far to be independent. She maintained a good position as leader of her group of thieves.
- I really enjoyed Kat’s friends. They were a good group that fit well together and played off each other very well. There was some good interaction and a couple of good one liners. Similar to Oceans 11 and Leverage they each have their special unique talent. Gabrielle was my favorite, she went a little above the call of duty.
- The bad guy, Arturo wasn’t as bad as he could have been. He wasn’t really a major player in the story.
- The best part was the final heist at the end. It was set up perfectly, but then of course there are problems, some of which are funny, while others are more revealing.
Overall Heist Society was a quick, fun read.