Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2)

Title: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2)

Author: Ally Carter
Details: Hardcover, 304 pgs.
Published: June 21st, 2011 by Disney Hyperion
isbn: 1423147952 (ISBN13: 9781423147954)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Disney Hyperion *for review*


Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short 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 . . . 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 and 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.

This series is like the show Leverage, but for teens.   I really think it’s a brilliant idea that Ally has come up with.  Steal priceless items from the people who stole them from the owners and return them to the rightful owners.    It’s fascinating all the things they have to do and to watch them figure out how to get in, or out, of different places.  It was impossible to predict how they would do it or how things were going to go.  It kept me right on the edge of my seat the whole time!

The characters are a lot of fun with their different personalities but I feel like maybe there could have been just a touch more character development.  Each one could have been maybe just a bit more.  

The potential for the romance is great, and I think it could turn out to be super sweet and perfect, but it didn’t really get too far in this book and I found that to be a bit of a disappointment.  However it was nice to see them interact and have an idea of how things may go in the future, we just have to wait and see!

Overall this was a fast and fun read.  A perfect summer series!  

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Thanks for the review, I’ve been looking forward to this one ever since I read Heist Society last year and I’m really excited to read it! I love the worlds Ally Carter creates. Spies, thieves… the excitement never ceases.

  2. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I am sad to hear the romance isn’t more developed, but I guess I’ll just have to see for myself.

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