Monday, June 16, 2014

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 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.
Review by Patrick:

Remember my last review where I said I couldn't wait to start reading this one? Well, I got it on Saturday from the library, and finished it the next Friday. Pretty quick read. Also, I never would have guessed that's how you spelled "Visily." (If you didn't read my previous review on Heist Society, then you wouldn't know that I listened to the audio book version of that book instead of reading it.)

Uncommon Criminals was an action packed book. I literally couldn't put it down. It started off with a bang, and I knew from the beginning (as every experienced reader would) that things aren't as simple as they seem.

Even up until the end, when I knew they had completed the heist, I didn't know how they did it. And then it was obvious, almost as if I saw a movie flashback in my mind of exactly how it was done. It was like a Sherlock mystery that once explained was obvious.

I really liked this book. It was still teenagery, even more so than Heist Society, but I didn't mind too much.

In the end, I give this book a rating of 4.

Think you'll like it too? Go buy it:

Reviewed by Patrick.

Up Next:

I'm still reading The Silmarillion but I will be starting Beautiful Creatures soon.

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