Monday, July 16, 2012

REVIEW: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Title: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: Orchard
Publication Date: 5th July, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher (for review)

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

 --Goodreads summary

I read Heist Society about a year ago now, during summer in Bangladesh, and I've been dying to read Uncommon Criminals ever since I finished it!

I wasn't sure where the story would go, but I knew it'd be awesome because hello? Ally Carter! Something I loved about Heist Society is the way it led up to the heist in the end. The planning of what they're going to do and how they're going to do it is so fun to read about and Uncommon Criminals doesn't disappoint. And I'm not gonna lie, the stories are so believable I'm questioning if these guys are actually REAL. If they are, I SO WANT IN.

I totally fell in love with the crew in the first book, and I was so happy to see them all together again in Uncommon Criminals. Gabrielle, Simon, The Bagshawes (oh my gosh adorable), Hale (LOVE) and Kat. Wow, Kat. I felt like she developed so much throughout the book. Ahh, so much love and admiration for these guys.

The Charlie and Eddie stuff broke my heart. I was not expecting to learn their story as well, let alone be so entranced by it. Very surprising, but extremely touching.

If I'm super honest, I don't think this was as good as Heist Society overall, but I do think that Uncommon Criminals is fast-paced, adventurous and exciting--a must read for fans of Ally Carter.

"But then the girl moved, and smiled, and pulled her hand from the grate- a gorgeous green stone clutched tightly in her grasp. It was covered with dust and cobwebs, but it was uncracked and unharmed.
And, of course, completely fake.


1 comment:

  1. I wasn't as big a fan of Heist Society as I was for the Gallagher Girls series, but I still enjoyed it. And Ally Carter is awesome, so I'll have to give this a go!

    It's a shame you didn't think it was as good as Heist Society, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it.(:


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