Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter: Review

Uncommon Criminals
By: Ally Carter

Format: Hardcover, 298 pages
Source: Received at BEA

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Synposis (from Goodreads): 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 . . . 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 and 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 Review: I was a tad apprehensive going into this book. I liked Heist Society, quite a bit. But, while I enjoy a good girl action book, I'm not really into capers. I haven't been able to sit through Ocean's Eleven or The Italian Job. I fall asleep. While I'm not sure I appreciated Heist Society as much as I should have, I absolutely loved Uncommon Criminals.

This book has just the right amounts of so many things that I love in fiction: travel, suspense, witty dialogue, interesting characters, and romance. The whole plot just blends together so nicely, and suddenly you are sucked into this world that you so much wish could be real. Because, how much fun would it be to re-steal some of the world's most valuable art?

Kat has come a long way from the girl that was so set on just having a normal life in the first book. She's moved on to righting the world's wrongs and is taking on this responsibility by herself. Very early on though, she finds that she's gotten herself into a situation that she's not going to be able to get out of by herself. She's going to have to rely on her friends and family, and Hale. Whether he fits in with family or friends, we're not sure. Their relationship moves at a very sweet, slow pace. One that is filled with uncertainty and missteps. It's a romance that you're going to root for, but you want it to happen how it's supposed to happen so that it lasts.

The great thing about this series is that while the books build on each other, each book is distinct and separate. Nary a cliffhanger to be found. I hope that Ally will find lots of material to keep these books going for a good long time.

My Rating:

Squeaky clean read!


  1. Oh, but Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job are soooo good! Lol. I get what you mean, though. I love those shows, but watching them once was enough for me. :)
    Glad to hear you liked this so much! I haven't gotten to it yet, but I'm pretty excited to, especially after reading this.

  2. I went looking for The Heist Society at the library tonight and couldn't find it! I've been reading such great reviews on Uncommon Criminals. Thanks for the review--you've added to my anticipation :)

  3. I'm a big fan of Heist Society and I'm thrilled that you liked this book even better. So often the second book in a series can be disappointing and I'm glad that's not the case here.
    Good to know that this book should appeal to readers who don't necessarily like caper-type books. That is what I liked about the first book because it is a refreshing change of pace, and I'm glad to hear this book builds on the original so well.
    Looking forward to starting this one soon!

  4. Heist Society was ok, but I really wasn't into the characters or story. I thought Kat wasn't confident enough to be a thief. I'm glad you liked this one though. I don't know if I'll give it a try, but it does sound better than the first.

  5. Sounds as fantastic as I expected! I love a good Ally Carter book.

  6. Sounds great! I've read all but one of Ally's books (one of the middle GG books), and I'm looking forward to UC.

  7. I have been seeing Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals everywhere! I've never read anything by Ally Carter but I think I need to pick both of these up asap. They sound like entertaining reads.


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