Uncommon Criminals — Ally Carter

Disney-Hyperion, 2011


“Oh you’re heist-drunk Kitty Kat. And you have been since the Henley.”

Kat Bishop is the girl who ran the crew who ran robed the greatest museum in the world, the Henley. So when she’s asked to steal Cleopatra’s Emerald to give to the original owners, she isn’t surprised. But the emerald hasn’t been seen in over 30 years and it’s cursed. No one who has the emerald keeps it for long and in the business of thieving, events tend to repeat themselves. But Kat has her best friend, the swoony Hale and the rest of her crew to help her pull off the next con of a lifetime.

Review: I’m in love with Ally Carter’s prose. There is something about her writing that is energetic and compelling and makes the reader want to devour her books. I think I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this book. The plot is fast moving. There is barely any downtime throughout the novel. Uncommon Criminals reads like it’s only 100 pages even though it’s almost 300 pages.

Uncommon Criminals has the same awkward relationship with Kat and Hale which I adore. All I want is for them to be together!  I like that Hale is in love with her but is also willing to stand up to Kat and for himself. With Kat being such a powerful and independent personality, I like that Hale grounds her. Even though Kat is powerful and independent, she is still kind of awkward and clueless at times. She is still growing into the person she wants to be and coming to terms with her family’s line of work.

One of the best parts about Uncommon Criminals is the ending, while there are still LOTS of questions to be answered (WHO IS VISILY ROMANIV?!) but Carter ties up most of the plot points surrounding this specific heist. While I can’t wait to read the next one in the series, I felt a sense of completion after reading this book.

Once again I can’t recommend this series enough. It is just pure fun to read. If you liked Heist Society or Uncommon Criminals, you should check out:

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore (Delacorte)


Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance (Egmont)

spies and prejudice

Born of Illusion by Terri Brown (Balzer and Bray)


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