Book Title: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Number of Pages: 298
Genres: Spying, Romance, Mystery
Books like it: Nancy Drew, Out of Sight Out of Time
My favorite quote:
“Do you want to hold it?' she asked, dangling the padded envelope in front of Hale with two fingers.
'Do you want to touch it and kiss it and wear it around your neck?'
'Don't be silly,' he told her. 'Everyone knows green isn't my color.”
Brief Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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 love W.W. Hale the Fifth, and may I say I was definitely disappointed by the lack of romantic tension between him and Kat. There was barely any, and I hope Perfect Scoundrels will give me some gooey mushy lines to eat up. In Uncommon Criminals, Katrina Bishop is conned.
Yes. You heard me right. Kat is conned.
Anyway, she is asked to do the biggest job of all time. The one that Uncle Eddie has absolutely forbidden, and one that even he has failed to do.
Steal the Cleopatra Emerald.
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When she is asked to steal it, the job looks nearly impossible. It is one of the most protected and priceless pieces of all time. So when Kat is asked to steal it, she accepts the challenge. And Hale is furious. Can Kat and her team pull off the biggest theft of all time? There are many obstacles for them to face, but, they are after all, the 15 year olds that pulled off the heist at the Henley.
To tell you the truth, this book had awesome twists and the heist was very interesting. I was not expecting it when Kat got conned. However, I did not like how Hale and Kat were acting. It's like, seriously Carter. We KNOW that they are obviously in love with eachother.
I'm so in love with you!!! But I don't know if you like me back.
Are you sure?
I don't know.... are you sure?
Yes. That is not an actual quote from the book, but that's how I felt. Ugh! I love Cammie + Zach in Gallagher Girls much better than Kat and Hale. Sorry. The one thing I do want to know in Perfect Scoundrels is.... WHAT IS HALE'S NAME?
Pros: Great heist. Intense action and unexpected twists.
Cons: No real romance. Huge disappointment. Need I say anything else? No. I am done with this review.
Cautions for Parents: No swearing or vivid violence. If you are uncomfortable with your child viewing stealing as okay, that is the only thing you should watch out for. Carter is a clean author, and that is one of my favorite things about her.
Yes, I know this is the first review I have done in a LONG time, and for that I apologize. For the past month, I have been moving out of my house and into an apartment, which does not leave much time for blogging or reading. I am also farther away from the library, which could create a dilemma. But I will try very hard to read a lot of books, I promise. My reviews will pick up the pace with about one per day in about September.
Reading Next: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter