Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book Recommendation: HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter

I’ve read and enjoyed Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, so when I stumbled across a blurb for HEIST SOCIETY, I went straight to my library’s website to request it. And I’m glad I did.

HEIST SOCIETY features fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop, a reformed grease man and the daughter--and granddaughter and great-granddaughter--of a thief. She conned her way into one of the best private schools in North America, then hung up her rappelling gear and turned in her non-squeaky shoes. She was out of the game, out of the life, practically out of the family--until a less-than-scrupulous art collector blamed her father for a multimillion-dollar theft, then threatened to dispatch him unless he returned the paintings. The only problem is, Kat’s father didn’t steal them, and with Interpol dogging his every step, he can’t exactly steal them back from whoever did. But Kat can, and if she wants to save her dad, that’s exactly what she has to do.

I loved the world Ms. Carter built and the characters she created. I also loved the twist ending, which, I must admit, I didn’t see coming. It definitely leaves room for a sequel, so Ms. Carter, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re writing one:)

HEIST SOCIETY is a delightful romp through the air ducts and art galleries of Europe. If you like a classic caper, you’re sure to love this modern mystery/adventure.

12 comments:

Jordan said...

I loved this book! It's like a teenage The Sting. I'd only read one of the Gallagher Girls books and really enjoyed that, too, so I wasn't surprised.

Jordan said...

Oh, and since you mentioned it, I went to check Ally Carter's blog: she turned in a draft of the sequel last week!

http://www.allycarter.com/blog/mini-blog-deadline-me-0

Krista V. said...

Jordan, thanks for that heads-up. If she just turned in a draft, the sequel will probably come out sometime next year. Good news!

Myrna Foster said...

I keep meaning to pick up something by Ally Carter. Thanks for the reminder. This one looks like a lot of fun!

Connie said...

I loved Heist Society and, of course, the Gallagher Girl books. It's such fun to have books you can share with your daughter.

Krista V. said...

You're welcome, Myrna.

Connie, I cannot wait to have a daughter old enough to read something other than board books:) (Not that board books are bad, and not that I don't enjoy her at this age. I guess I'm just looking forward to having book chats with her.)

Liesl said...

This sounds fun! I could use a little of that!

Krista V. said...

Liesl, it IS fun. Hopefully it'll give you an escape from all that unpacking.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Krista. I love the Gallagher Girls series, but haven't picked this one up yet. Now I will. :D

Krista V. said...

Stina, yay! I love adding to someone else's to-read pile:)

Erin Edwards said...

I loved this one too! I thought it read rather like a movie script, and not surprisingly something is in the works like an option or something (I can't remember exactly what the status is.)

Krista V. said...

Interesting news, Erin. One of my favorite elements was the third-person narrator who sat above the characters and dispensed interesting tidbits about the situations and settings in a dry, P.G. Wodehouse-esque voice. I wonder if a director would be able to capture that aspect of the book in such a visual-heavy medium...