review: “heist society” October 23, 2009Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: adventure, arc, series
Heist Society by Ally Carter.
Hyperion // ARC // 304 pages.
Reviewed from an ARC, received at ALA’s Annual Conference 2009.
Kat Bishop’s a thief. Not just any thief. She’s a major player in the heist world. Her whole family’s in the business. So, it’s a huge surprise when Kat suddenly drops off the radar to attend a private, normal boarding school. But when Hale shows up and tells Kat that her dad is in trouble and that only she can pull off the job needed to save him, Kat doesn’t hesitate to dive back in to her life of crime. After all, family is family.
First I want to mention just how floored I was that I managed to get a copy of this book. This was my dream of ALA that somehow I stumbled onto this book. So, yes, I was hugely excited and spent the rest of my day at the conference peeking at it.
I think Ally Carter is just a phenomenal chick lit/adventure writer, and even more so that she knows how to balance the real world teen reactions & quirks with her incredible, highly specialized worlds. Both of her series are firmly rooted in reality by her characters, even though their circumstances are out of the ordinary.
“Heist Society” started off with a bang, dragging Kat back into the world she was running from. I liked Kat as a character. She’s very different from Cammie (Carter’s other leading lady from the Gallagher Girl books), a really unique character. The other characters are fun, and intriguing. I predict many teen girls will be falling in love with Hale. (And perhaps some young teen librarians…)
The book was a bit slow for me and I can’t tell if that’s because I was savoring it or if it was because I was in the middle of summer reading and everything was crazy. I will say that I did get a little confused with the locations (Kat’s mission sends her traveling throughout Europe), but I chalked that up to the fact that I’ve been stuck in the US my whole life.
A strong start to her new series. I’ll be purchasing it for the library and looking forward to future installments.