Uncommon Criminals (A Heist Society Novel)

Hardcover | June 21, 2011

byAlly Carter

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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 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 is owned by the most secure auction house in the world. 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 intrepid crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the world, 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.

Critics and fans alike have fallen forHeist Society(no conning necessary).With more mystery, non-stop action, romance and humor, this second novel in the hit series is just as irresistible.

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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 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.The...

Ally Carter (www.allycarter.com) is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHeist Societyand the Gallagher Girls series, includingI'd Tell You I'd Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You;Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy;Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover; andOnly the Good Spy Young. She lives in Oklahoma, where she's busy masterminding her ne...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 21, 2011Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423147952

ISBN - 13:9781423147954

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All that Sparkles is Not Gold *SPOILER ALERT* An emerald, a liar, and a few theives. That's all you really need to know about this book. But the story is a lot more complicated than just that. It's a love, action, and comedy all in one. Why a comedy? Well, I really had a good laugh at the end, and I'm sure you will too...... At the same time though, you may be going, "OHHHH! POWNAGE!" but laughing is always good too. This book was even better than the first (in my opinion) and everyone should read it since it's just right for both genders and a wide range of ages. Also, I think the moral was to think outside the box, which of course is what many teachers tell their students, but this book is a great example of that. So read up!
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant Uncommon Criminals pretty much jumps in a few months after the end of Heist Society, where we learn that Kat has been on a mission to right quite a few wrongs by bringing back stolen items to their rightful owners. "Kat was more of a return artist, a repossession specialist. A highly uncommon criminal." Sadly, she has been doing so as a solo thief and her gang has not been happy about it one bit. Then it happens - the heist of a lifetime - return the Cleopatra Emerald to the rightful owners - the ultimate item to return! I love that this mission brings Kat and her crew back together again - how could she work without the gorgeous man candy, Hale? And well, she just needs Gabrielle to set her straight once in a while when it comes to girly things. Watching the crew gather it's forces and work on this heist, while trying not to fall prey to the curse, was amusing. I love the little bit of a love triangle there is between Kat, Nick and Hale. Little bits of jealousy pop out here and there. Also, I loved that Kat seems to favour Hale more and stresses over the possibility of a relationship with him. It reminds me of what I was like in high school when I liked a boy. Though this relationship angle doesn't overpower the books main themes of the heist and the possible curse. The one thing I really like about the way this book was laid out, is that the book is divided up by pages that show the countdown to when the emerald will be in certain places and that makes the whole thing seem that much more urgent and exciting. Oh and I love the different names for all the ways to do the heist/con like the Mary Poppins, the Cinderella - so clever - just like the last book. I love trying to figure out the meanings of some of the names and how the con would work. This one quote stood out to me, about people and destiny: "As soon as he touched her, Kat knew there was no such thing as curses. People make and break their own fortunes—they are the masters of their own fate." A great sequel and looking forward to more - if there will be more?!? It's a nice break from all the paranormal romance and dystopian novels out there.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great!! My Thoughts Uncommon Criminals is a fun, fast passed and smart read. Same as Heist Society (the first book in the series) this book is the kind of book that you read in one seat. However, those things are just in the surface of what Uncommon Criminal really is. Ally Carter is brilliant writing light and fun reads, but underneath all the humour and adventure, she always gift us with values and life lessons in her books. I felt identified with Kat during the whole book and what she learns during this adventure reminded me of some things that I sometimes forget. I'm glad I read it. The adventure this time is all about stealing the cursed Cleopatra Emerald. Kat, Hale and company have to travel all around the world and have to create the best plan to get their hands on one of the most precious and valuable Gem in the world. I have always liked Kat as a character. She is a very smart girl, but that doesn't mean she knows everything and she does makes mistakes. She is young and naive and therefore, she still has a lot to learn. In Uncommon Criminals, I think Kat Bishop really grows as a character. Also,the romance in this book was perfect! There was enough of it to balance the plot and I would like to describe it as “nice”. It wasn't the cheesy oh-my-god-I-love-you-and-I-cannot-live-without-you kind of romance that makes a guy puke. So, I think Heist Society series is perfect for both, boy and girls. The rest of the characters are charming as always. We have the paternal figure, the family, friends and Hale! our Hale who is the love interest and the best friend. I'm looking forward for the third book and I'm pretty sure (after reading this one) that I will not be disappointed. Ally Carter is now on my list of favorite contemporary authors! Also, I need to mention that I love reading the “Acknowledgments” in books (I never skip them!). In this book, Ally Carter starts her ackowledgments mentioning what she learn while writing Uncommon Criminals; And I feel greatly touched that what she learn while writing this book, is the same thing I learn while reading it. How nice is that, eh? ♥ So, If you haven't read Heist Society books, you absolutely should. They are not only nice and light like a crystal made of glass, but wonderful and valuable like the Emerald that Cleopatra herself, loved so much. http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! Words cannot describe how good this book is. Uncommon criminals is the perfect companion to Heist society. Full of action, captivating moments that will leave you intrigued until the very last page. Warning this book will steal your heart ........or Hale might get to it first.
Date published: 2011-07-06