July 08, 2011

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter


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.

Epic Wins:

  • Message: Sure you might think you can handle things on your own but really you need a crew to back you up.
  • The stakes are higher and the cons are more complex.
  • I love being sucked into Kat’s world. The thieving for a good cause, the way her character develops, but most of all I love her mind set.
  • The Crew- Again insane and funny.  Their personalities mash together so well. Every one of them brings something fresh to the table.
  • Carter is amazing at creating kick butt characters, ones that you want to know and can’t really get enough of!
  • The writing has that sucking effect. It is so good that you are transported into the story.
  • I loved Heist Society in all its glory and I thought it would be hard to come up with a better story, that this one might fall flat next to Heist Society. I was wrong on so many levels.
  • Hale- He is something else. One thing he never does is give up on Kat.
  • The Twists and turns. One had my jaw on the floor; the other made me say ‘REALLY? But-but-but it’s so simple. You’ll be surprised.
  • It took me a while to write this review because the book was so awe-inspiring and breathtaking it took me a week to really gather my thoughts.

Epic Fails:
  • Maggie- What a conniving, heartless woman!!

 Absolutely breath-taking, thieving-madness that you can't help but gobble up. 

just sayin, 

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Let me know what you think was an epic win or an epic fail, or if you feel like it make robot sound like beep beep boo bop. Really I could careless just keep it clean.