Book Review: Uncommon Criminals

Book Review: Uncommon CriminalsUncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society #2
Published by Hyperion on June 21th 2011
Pages: 298

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life 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 simply… 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, 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.

I absolutely loved Heist Society on audio, so I figured I had this physical book lying around for a while, maybe it was time to get the audio from the library to inspire me to read.
Kat is such an interesting character, being one of the few girls in this business mainly ruled by men. So when she meets another female con artist, who cons her, she can't help but go after her to prove who is the better thief. And to hopefully keep herself and her friends from becoming cursed. This woman has been around for a long time, and has a history with her own family and she knows all the tricks, all the cons. How will Kat and Hale pull this off? They'll have to invent something new and hope it works. 
I love the tension in this sequel. Not only between Hale and Kat, who can't seem to figure out how to deal with each other at times. But also with the cons and having to pull them off. The mix of history and curses in Uncommon Criminals also gives the book a new twist and it's definitely an exciting read.
Final Verdict: For those who love kick-butt heroines, high suspense and a good con, read these books.

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