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.

ARC Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

Book cover for See How They Run by Ally Carter

I received an ARC from Scholastic Canada as part of the Ally Ambassadors.

Title: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row. Continue reading

ARC Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Book cover for All Fall Down by Ally Carter.

I received an ARC from the publisher through the Ally Ambassadors.

Title: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Mystery
Series: Embassy Row
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

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I recently finished Ally Carter’s latest book, All Fall Down, which is the first book in her new series, Embassy Row. This book was given to me by Scholastic, because I am an Ally Ambassador. This was such a fun book to read, and I had difficulty accepting the fact that it had ended. Anyways, let’s get into the review!

First of all, All Fall Down was so fun to read! The main character, Grace has such a fresh point of view and she makes you never want to leave her and her story. Grace is such a great protagonist, because she leads the reader through dangerous and terrifying places that I, personally, would definitely avoid! However, as a reader, I trusted Grace somehow, to help me through the fear. Ally Carter did a great job turning her characters into real people with emotions, that you can’t help but admire them.

Next, this book is full of great details that made this book easy to picture. I could imagine myself in the book on each page. This is pretty rare in a book. Good job, Ally Carter!

Finally, All Fall Down was a fast read. Ally Carter’s style keeps you hooked and intrigued. Be warned, you will need to dedicate a long time to read this, you’ll never be able to put it down!