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Magan: Heist Society by Ally Carter

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Series: Heist Society, Book 1
Publication Date: February 9, 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 287
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: robbers, world travels, ultimatums, falling for a best friend
Format read: Purchased the paperback.

Summary: As much as Katarina would like to escape the “family business,” she’s forced to rally a team together to help clear her father’s name of a crime he didn’t commit. So much for distancing herself and starting over.

Is there something about your family that you really wish wasn’t true of yourself? For me personally, my grandmother is Negative Nancy; I desperately want to be as positive and upbeat about things as I can be because the negativity really brings me down.

For Katarina, she wants to remove herself from the family business … of thievery. To do so, she’s enrolled herself in a prestigious boarding school and all is going well until she’s suddenly facing expulsion for a crime she didn’t commit.

Enter her friend Hale.

He framed Kat for the crime in order to pull her back into the business. Her father is being sought after by a super scary man who believes her father is the person who stole his private collection of priceless art. Kat knows there’s no way he could have pulled it off (especially not without her). Her uncle is warning her to leave things alone and not get involved in the situation, but there’s no way she can let this go.

Heist Society was highly recommended to me by Elena (of Novel Sounds). I was really in the mood for something different than my typical contemporary romance or angsty, issue books. What a nice and refreshing surprise this book was! As Katarina and Hale try to solve the mystery of who really stole the paintings, they hop from country to country. We get to see how intelligent, worldly, and connected these characters are. Sure, they’re in the business of stealing things, but there’s something intriguing about them too — Is everything they do bad? It doesn’t seem like they’re in the mafia with bad guys, so why are they stealing? What are they getting out of it? — I became absorbed in their world (and desperately wished I was the one hopping on private jets.)

And oh!… there’s Hale… who is smart and brooding and good looking. There’s some unfinished business between he and Kat, and we readers aren’t exactly clued into what their history is. (Read: there’s plenty of sexual tension.) He’s drawn to the world she was born into and she questions why he would want to be part of it when he can have anything else he wants (he comes from a very wealthy family). I appreciated how there was a lot of back story that left me itching for more details — I wanted to know everything I could.

Best of all? Ally Carter builds this amazing story that has your heart pounding as you fear for Kat and her team with each day that passes, but she doesn’t give you all the answers. She doesn’t fix everything or make anything predictable either. There are some loose ends that need to be tied up, some feelings that need to be sorted out, and maybe more things that need to be stolen. Good thing this is a series, huh?

On a final note, I have to mention that I began Carter’s Gallagher Girls series last year and didn’t find myself drawn into the story nearly as much as I did Heist Society. I saw so many strengths and so much growth in Carter’s writing since I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. Definitely, definitely check out this series if you’re looking for something a little different with intelligent characters, strong writing, and a captivating storyline.

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April 3, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Cynthia - I’ve had this book in my tbr pile since it came out years ago, for some reason I keep skipping it. I’m glad you enjoyed it a lot though, it made me want to move it up to the top of my pile. Will definitely read it soon. Thanks for the review Magan!

April 3, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The name reminds me of The Cutting Edge. “I don’t like to see her upset.” “If I was you, I’d invest in blindfolds.” Ah, DB Sweeney. ANYWAY, I should definitely try Ally Carter, yes? I always thought her books were more middle grade for some reason. The premise of this looks fun and cute. I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

April 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - The fact that you and Elena both enjoyed these books makes me really interested in them! I haven’t picked them up before because the covers look a little juvenile to me, but I’m glad to hear you recommend it! Plus, I do love the idea of a book about a family of thieves.

April 2, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I keep meaning to try some of Ally’s books, all I hear are good things so thanks for sharing this review, it’s another reminder that I should read this series in 2013!

April 2, 2013 - 2:57 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Thanks so much for making me totally excited for these books! I’ve always wanted to try Ally Carter’s writing and I even have the first three High Society novels on my shelf – now I guess I know what I’m going to read next 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I finished Heist Society yesterday and Uncommon Criminals today! Wonderful books.

I read a lot of angsty, dark contemporary personally (it’s my favorite genre), but these were a really nice change of pace, like you said. And oh boy, the subtle romance between Kat and Hale? PERFECT! (it gets even hotter in Uncommon Criminals, by the way).

I haven’t read Carter’s other series, but they didn’t seem to be quite as interesting as the Heist Society books. I’ll have to remember what you said about them and compare notes! 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books - I still need to read book three, but I adore this series. 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I am SO glad you loved this book! I have yet to read book 3 but they get better and better. I agree: Ally Carter’s writing improves with each and every book she writes!

April 1, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Tara - I’m such a huge fan of this series! I must get the third book stat and see what Hale and Katarina get into next. So glad you enjoyed this 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I must admit that I’m really curious about this series! The heists and capers that they seem to get up to (or probably do, based on what the story seems to be about) are probably a whole lot of fun. And I’ve definitely heard a LOT about Kat and Hale.

April 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I love this series. I just bought them all so I could reread the first two books and then start the third one. I read the first Gallagher Girls book ages ago, wasn’t the biggest fan, but this series is incredible. Great review! Btw I’m in LOVE with your blog design 🙂 It’s so quirky and adorable!

April 1, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Annette - I like this series better than Gallagher Girls too. Somehow it just seems more mature? Even though both series are kind of silly. I love these books. Great review!

April 1, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - So glad you liked this!!! I’ve only read the first book so far (on audio) and it was just so much fun. AND the nice little interactions with Kat & Hale 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 11:37 am

Cassie - hellll to the yes!! <3 I'm holding onto Perfect Scoundrels mostly c uz I do not want to finish the series and have to wait FOREVER for the next!

April 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

elena - YAY I’m so so glad you liked this book! I think it’s SO FUN! I absolutely love Kat + Hale, one of my fav relationships. I hope you like the other books as well if you do read them. So much backstory in book three!

April 1, 2013 - 9:04 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh I love Hale so much-I really need to pick up the third book as it is my understanding that there are some really good bits with him in it.

April 1, 2013 - 8:27 am

Anna - Eeee so glad you are reading this! Like Lori, I haven’t read the third book yet, but I’m dying to!

April 1, 2013 - 6:01 am

Lori - I looooove this series! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hale is so…sigh. I really need to read the newest one soon.

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