Series Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: February 7, 2010-November 15, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (of book one): When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

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Heist Society is the second series of Ally Carter’s that I’ve picked up (the first being the Embassy Row books), and I can safely say that she is right up there with my favourite authors. Heist Society is an original series about a group that plans and executes heists. The main characters are all so likeable, even if they are a bit clichéd. This series perfectly balances lightness and action, and it is perfect for those looking for some quick reads.

I love the concept of this series. It follows a group of teenagers who execute heists to re-steal valuables that have been stolen. The heists are so well planned, and every single one is logical. What is interesting about these books is the fact that they are actually based on real events, like the Nazis stealing paintings. The books are suspenseful and action-packed, but are also lots of fun. I have always been a fan of heist stories, so the Heist Society series is just what I’ve been looking for.

Kat is an amazing main character. She is brave and clever, and she is good at working on a deadline. What I especially appreciated about her character is the fact that she understands that she can’t do her job on her own, so she forms an epic squad. I enjoyed how every character has a significant role in the heists, and they all come up with the schemes together. The characters did seem a bit stereotypical, and hearing about Gabrielle’s long legs every chapter does get a bit annoying, but it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Of all the books, my favourite was definitely the first one, Heist Society. I feel like it has the best plot, and it’s the most original. After that, all the other books felt repetitive, and a little bit unnecessary, if I’m honest, but they’re still interesting to read. I do also wish that the holiday novella was a bit more festive, but I guess it’s hard to be super festive in a book about thieves. There are still some loose ends left after the third book, so I am hoping that we get a fourth instalment soon!

The Heist Society is a fast-paced series about a group of teens who plan heists for good. I loved the cast of characters and the main character’s intelligence. My favourite of the books was the first one, but I still enjoyed the whole series. If you are looking for a quick and light series that will also keep you on the edge of your seat, I would definitely recommend this series.

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