Heist Society by Ally Carter
Katarina Bishop is no ordinary teenager; in fact, she comes from a family of well renowned thieves. However, she soon grows tired of partaking in her family’s misadventures and enrolls in a prestigious boarding school. A few months later, Katarina is blamed for vandalizing the Dean’s car and is immediately expelled. Following her expulsion, Kat’s longtime friend W.W Hale V mysteriously shows up and Kat is convinced that her expulsion was no accident.
Hale informs Kat that five paintings have been stolen from the notorious Arturo Taccone and that her own father is the prime suspect. In a brave attempt to help her father, Kat is determined to not only retrieve the missing paintings, but to rekindle her relationships with her family and closest friends all while battling unknown criminals and breaking into the most well-secured museum in all of London with her rag-tag team of thieves.
“Sometimes it takes an outsider, someone with fresh eyes to see the truth.”
“Can I see you outside for a second?” Kat glared at Hale, then walked to the patio doors and out onto the veranda.
As Hale closed the door behind him, Kat heard Angus say, “Ooh, Mom and Dad are going to fight now.”
“I’m the guy who happened to be home the night Kat came to steal a Monet.” -Hale
“Time, the greatest thief of all.”
Overall, I found this book to be witty and a nice read to relax me into the first few weeks of summer. The book in itself is not too terribly long (304 pages) so it is a fairly quick read for anybody who wants a mix of humor and all-around action. I chose to read this book because I am a huge fan of Ally Carter’s popular Gallagher Girls series, and I love the way that Allly Carter can make the woes of teenagers seem less cheesy and more intellectual and thought out. She has a writing style that does not suggest one genre, but many. For example, there are little drops of romance in Heist Society, however, the entire book is not bogged down by characters pining after each other. Moreover, there is just enough action as there is thought that goes into said actions, so that the reader gets a taste of many different elements without being subjected to too much of one.
All in all, I plan on continuing the series and would highly suggest any of the other Ally Carter series.