Release Date: June 21, 2011
Series: Heist Society #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Borrowed
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.
This series is just plain fun. It’s a breath of fresh air after reading heavy paranormal books. It’s not light and fluffy, it’s just right. It’s incredibly smart, which is my most favorite part. The way the story is told in Uncommon Criminals keeps you guessing throughout the entire book. I absolutely love the whole concept of the heists. How Ally Carter comes up with these things and makes them believable amazes me!
Kat and her conspirators were up to the same antics in this one as the first. The job was a little more difficult this time around and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. This book is hard to put down, so when you read it make sure you have some time set aside. You won’t want to stop once you get started.
Uncommon Criminals really has everything. It’s truly unique, funny, and intelligent. I really adore all the heist names that are mentioned, but never explained. They are so funny.Once again there’s not much romance but that works fine for this book and makes you even more anxious for the next one. (If there is a next one…I hope so!)
I really recommend Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals, but be warned that will make you wish you could be an international thief.