Monday, June 27, 2011

Uncommon Criminals ( Spoiler -Free)

Review Time! Thanks to this novel I'm currently in this whole faze where I'm addicted to action movies with romance, if you have any recommendations please leave a comment! This is the 2nd book in the Hiest Society series written by Ally Carter. Thanks to Hachette Children's for the review copy!

(Goodreads) 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.

The Short Story? – Pure genius. That’s Uncommon Criminals in a nutshell, pure genius. Clever, witty and exciting, the much anticipated sequel to Heist Society is action-packed and fast-paced. Fantastic writing, great characters and one of the most genius plots I have ever read! Engrossing, it’s a roller coaster adventure!

The Long Story? – Ally Carter is a literacy genius. She’s just brilliant! If you googled action novels for girls, you’ll find Ally Carter. All the shebang of the best action novels mixed with romance and it gives you a masterpiece written by Ally Carter. You can’t go wrong with Ally Carter because everyone loves spies and world class thieves.

To be completely honest, I’m very jealous of Carter. She writes just about the cleverest novels I have ever read and for someone who reads on average 120 novels year that’s something. I’m absolutely stumped about how she comes up with half of the things that make up the plot of this novel. I harboring a secret suspicion that she is a world class thief herself, I mean who know that much about performing heist? Quirky, witty and clever Ally written a novel filled with action, gripping suspense and a thrilling adventure. Uncommon Criminals takes you into the heart of the secret society of thieves, the insider’s scoop of how the world’s greatest treasures disappear from under our nose and the sitting-on-the-edge-of-our-seat excitement as we follow Kat and her team as they perform some of the greatest heist the world has seen.

Fantastic characterization. Firstly Carter has written a novel centered on characters that aren’t trying to solve the crime but doing the crime. It’s refreshingly to read the adventures of the bad guys for once because let’s face it, being good all the time is bo-ring. Kat is a strong and smart protagonist that I’ve grown to admire and well, I’m extremely envious of her. Not just because she has Hale and quite possibly Nick around her pinkie but she’s just brilliant. Our love interest is a man who loves the mystery behind his name (literally and metaphorically), it’s hard to not fall for a guy whose good-looking and holds the mysterious appeal right? Minor characters aka Kat’s team are all unique and in their own way lovable. A nice cast of characters that you will never tire of.

Lastly, the romance. Carter has the frustrating way of dragging out the romance and it drives me mad because the chemistry is sizzling between our lovebirds but Carter refuses to give them a happy ending instead putting us through this torturous wait to see what happens. Effective way to guarantee the sales of the third book in the series though, I’m dying to see where Kat and Hale epic (and frustrating) romance goes. A romance that would leave readers wanting more and we’re not even the ones getting kissed!

Bottomline, Uncommon Criminals is perfect for anyone looking for an action-packed novel filled with clever lines and sizzling romance. It’s badass and Bookie is love with the series! Clever, fast-paced and gripping plot following the lives of criminals is just what we need to spice up our reading pile! Great characters and comfortable narrative voice, let the wait begin for what Carter has install for us next. The Heist Society series comes with a tick of approval from Bookie :) Please pick up a copy at your nearest bookstore!

Rating - 6/5 (it’s too brilliant)

Badass Bookie xx

1 comment:

  1. Great review, I'll have to put this on my TBR list. And gratz on reaching 1000 followers. :-)