Friday, September 2, 2011

Review #56: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Salutations comrades! I hope this Friday was a happy one! :) Anyway onto the literature! :)

Uncommon Criminals is the second book in Ally Carter's Heist Society series. If you'd like to see my review of the first book, click here. In this installment, Katarina Bishop is back in the thieving world for good, but doing it Kat style. Until she gets hired to steal something that is impossible to steal, something rumored to be cursed: The Cleopatra Emerald (dun dun DUNNNN). But this job has more intricacies, betrayals, and shocks than Kat has ever dealt with. Soon, Kat realizes this time, she has to make the rules as she goes along.

I LOVE this book. It is such s great sequel to HS. Even better, I say! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, which makes a great adventure novel. This book hooks you at the instant you read the first sentence. And the twists, the ending! Oh my god, you never see any of it coming, and the shock is just wonderful and lovely. I was almost inconsolable as this book came to it's close, as if I was on the best roller coaster ever, and I finally came down. The character development was consistent, which was great.

Kat is still kicking butt in this book. Still proving to adults that kids can be just as, if not more cunning and intelligent. I loved seeing the parallel between the heist and her personal life, watching her learn her latest lesson. I'm glad she resolved her issues with her family and friends. I loved watching her grow up and change, which all books should do concerning character development. Which brings me to Hale. Hale is still fantastic and crush-worthy, although a bit moodier and less in the novel. The villain was fantastic, brilliantly villainy, in the best sense possible. All your favorite characters, like Simon, the Bahgshaws, and Gabrielle returned, back and better than ever. 

Carter has such a way with words, even making me like her 3rd person POV. She is so talented, the light is blinding! I love how she kept her characters interesting, developing without becoming one dimensional. The story flowed well, weaving a great heist story with juicy relationship/family drama and a dash of romance.

Fans of Heist Society will love this sequel.

I'll next be reviewing Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan. 

Until next time, viva la literature!


  1. Hey! Stopping by to say hello!! I love the background on your blog, it's so fun. I seriously love this series too. I listened to this one on audio and it was fantastic! Great Blog!!

  2. Thank you so much! Yeah, it's pretty cool. Agreed, this one was better than the first. :) And thank you, that means a lot :)