January 3, 2014

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter: Book Review

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2)

Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: June 21st 2011
Series: Heist Society #2 (Embarrassing and old review of book one)
Source: Borrowed from the library

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. (via goodreads)

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

My Thoughts: Uncommon Criminals was a nice and light enjoyable read. Kat is back and trying to pull off one of her biggest cons yet, stealing the Cleopatra emerald. And who can help her better than Hale, the gorgeous best friend she missed dearly.

For a sequel, this book wasn’t disappointing. We have all the same characters that we grow to love and there are no new main characters! (I hate the introduction of new characters after I already like the old ones so much so I was very pleased). Also, we learn more about the mysterious Bishop family and its secrets. This book’s grand con was also executed brilliantly and I understood what was happening, it was very refreshing.

In addition to the great plot, the characters of this book were awesome. Kat developed more as a character and heroine and I actually was never really annoyed of her. Kat’s family was also very interesting and I’m glad that we get to read more about it. Also, Hale was just utterly swoon-worthy (as expected).

The only thing I didn’t really like was the romance. I thought things progressed but it was so unclear that I don’t know what happened! Does a certain ship finally come true or did it not? WAS IT MY IMAGINATION? Also, despite the amazingness of the characters and unique plot, this book had no substance. Uncommon Criminals is a perfect light read and something to relax with but where is the suspense? Where are the jaw dropping twists?

Overall, Uncommon Criminals is a nice and light sequel to an entertaining series. I liked the characters and plot but I felt that the romance was unclear and that there was no real substance to the novel.

three stars

Have you read Uncommon Criminals or have you started the Heist Society series? What do you think? If you haven’t read the series, are you planning to? Let me know!

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