Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Title: Uncommon Criminals

Author: Ally Carter
Series: Book Two in the Heist Society Series
Published By: Disney-Hyperion (June 21, 2011)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Mystery/Action
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
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 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.

My Thoughts and Review:
I forgot how much I love Kat and Hale until I picked this one up and started reading it. I confess that I'm sad that it took so long for me to pick this series back up again because I really do love reading it and I always have fun whenever I pick up one of Carter's books.

I really love Kat. She is a criminal mastermind but in the case of this story, she is one of the good guys. I love how much Kat has grown from the first book and yet, how much she still hasn't. It fits her some how. It fits the storyline. Sometimes, the parts of her that haven't “grown up” were the parts that were the most frustrating, mostly because, I love Hale. He is probably one of my favorite characters in this whole series and I think he would be so great for Kat. I think he grounds her as well as pushes her to be better and do better and to never give up. Not that she is a girl that usually gives up. They are so opposite and yet, so much alike that I just think they would really work together, as friends, as partners and as lovers. 

The fact that this had some history of Cleopatra's Emerald (and it's subsequent curse) made it even better. The history buff in me couldn't help but love it.

I loved meeting a new family member (who I adored!) and a very worthy opponent as well. 

But mostly I am so glad that this had a whole lot of  Hale. 

Don't get me wrong, I also really enjoyed seeing more of Gabrielle, the twins, Simon and we even get a little bit of  Nick.  

Carter has managed to create a really fun series with a great cast of characters and plot line that kept me turning the pages and guessing until the very end. 

Are they going to pull it off? Who are the good guys and who are the bad ? Who is Romani really and why is he (she?) so interested in Kat?

I really hope that Carter continues this series well beyond the three books currently out because it really is refreshing to read something so fun and entertaining with a punch of mystery, romance and done right shenanigans.

*All thought and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the publisher or author. I was not compensated for this review*


  1. Yaay, I love that you loved this! I'm a huge fan of the series, as childish as it may seem at times, and I think the third book is the best one yet. You REALLY get to see more of Hale there, and there's an emotional layer that simply wasn't present before.

    It's still fun, though. Lots and lots of fun.

  2. That is good to hear Maja because that is probably my one complaint about this series is the lack of feelings from Hale!

  3. I know that Maja loves this series, I really need to give it a try because I need something fun and light. I am in the middle of my Apocalypse reads and they sure are dark!

  4. This sounds like a really fun book. Great review!

  5. I love the mix of history and ancient artifacts in this..great review!

  6. You should try it Heidi, just keep in mind it is very early YA!

  7. I enjoy this series but haven't read the third book yet. One thing is that I always want MORE from the characters, I feel like it's just missing a little something. But they are a lot of fun!

  8. Big Hale fan here, so we are in total agreement. So glad that you enjoyed this one. Isn't this series so much fun? I never regret reading it. Lovely review!

  9. YEAH HALE!!! I adore him and I was glad he was in this one plenty. He's in the next book even more, so you're not going to want to miss out on that one:) Glad you enjoy this series, it's just so much fun and I'm definitely hoping this series continues for many, many more books!

  10. Yay! I am so excited Hale is in the next book even more than this one!

  11. This is one of those series that I want to read, but always gets put on the back burner. -sigh-

  12. I met Kat and Hale a month or two ago, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with this series, but I think I will now. Glad you enjoyed this overall. Lovely review! :)

  13. I hope you do Sam, it does get better!

  14. I love Kat and Hale! I still need to read the third book which I think is the last one :-( I love the heists. Makes me want to go steal stuff LOL They are really smart though and I love the plans they come up with.