Instead of art, it’s cursed emeralds this time. The whole crew from Heist Society is back in Ally Carter’s Uncommon Criminals. This second book has got more swoon heyyyy Hale, more con jobs and much more jet setting.
Katarina Bishop has been drifting from her family and friends, doing big jobs alone. When Kat is contacted by an old lady named Constance Miller who evokes the name Visily Romani, Kat feels immense pressure to take the job. This is because Constance appeals to the noble side of Kat. However, this is no ordinary heist. It is for the Cleopatra Emerald which carries a curse with it. For a job this big, Kat needs to assemble the gang.
Oh friends, I love Kat Bishop. I love that she is a criminal mastermind, but she also has her limitations and blind spots. I love that she sometimes is only able to focus on a kiss like a normal teenage girl, even though her life is anything but ordinary. Plus! Her family, namely her cousin Gabrielle, are SO awesome. AND YAY MORE OF THE BAGSHAWS, whom I love sooooo much because they are burly and fun.
Sigh, and this is so awful, but I like reading about thievery. These thieves are interesting because they are like Ocean’s 11 burglars, each assigned to different jobs so they are best able to pull off the con. Uncommon Criminals is peppered with all of these different, fascinating stealing methods that the crew uses. I think those were some of my favorite bits — reading about what method they would use or think about using to accomplish the job.
Of course, because I have this obsessive compulsive continuity format reading habit, I listened to the audiobook of Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter. Angela Dawe continues to lend sophistication and authenticity as well as a variety of accents and voices to her narration. I thought that extra touch made this audiobook a wonderful, short listen. It is 6 hours and 47 minutes unabridged and produced by Brilliance Audio.
Disclosure: Received for listening review.
Other reviews of Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter:
Tripping Over Books – “They’re like, “boom boom boom, shizz is going down!””
Pure Imagination – “This series is just plain fun.”
Forever Young Adult – “Obviously, this is a heist book, not a kissing book.”