Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423147952
Source: BEA HC (signed)
Sneak Peek: Chapters 1 and 2
Rating: YYY

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.

My Thoughts:

I adore Ally Carter for she has the most amazing talent of creating a story that is part Gossip girl and The Italian Job and making it totally believable. I loved Heist Society and read it during a very dark time in my life and was grateful for the hours of nail biting distraction that it offered me. Yet, unfortunately the magic that was so much a part of that novel seemed to have done a Hodini on her newest novel, Uncommon Criminals.

We return to Katarina Bishop and her world of high stakes robbery, but instead of working for herself she is working for others seeking to reclaim those items stolen from them long ago. Katarina feels her current line of work is satisfying while still feeding the thief that is still deep within her until she receives an offer she should refuse but cannot. She is used to going solo but knows that this new endevour will not be easy and what happens next is wicked crazy, almost too crazy if you ask me. Now, Katarina and her friends find themselves a worthy opponent and the stakes are too high to back down but it would be folly to proceed.

I have been eager for Uncommon Criminals ever since I found out that another novel was coming out in this series. I adored the first one something crazy and wanted more, but found myself underwhelmed by the story. I liked how things started at the beginning of the story but could not seem to believe what proceeded towards the end. I became a big fan of Katarina and her band of "merry theives" but was disappointed that they did not come together sooner. I just could not seem to find that magic that so enthralled me with Heist Society. I even found Hale and Katrarina's enterractions a bit off and was tired of the banter. Maybe I had an off day when I read the novel? but I seriously could not shake the feeling. Even thought I could not seem to enjoy this novel as much I would read the next in the series because I find the story concept thrilling but will come into it with no expectations.

For those fans of this series I hope that you find it more enjoyable that I did and if you don't then your not alone.

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