Uncommon Criminals

Book Blurb

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.

My Synopsis

After the success of her project at the Henley, Kat is almost drunk on her good luck and has been going it alone trying to use her skills to right thefts. When she is visited by an older woman who knows of her work she is surprised at the job being asked of her but with the use of one name is talked into the task.

This heist isn’t quite as it seems though and Kat is left with an even bigger task than she thought possible to face as well as being introduced to the complicated world of boys. 


Like the first book in this series I wish I had been able to just sit down and read the whole thing in one go. This isn’t a bad book, I really like the idea and  the characters I just feel it misses a bit of excitement and I think reading it in one sitting would allow you to build that suspense to make it a better read.

The story in this one is a little more complicated but on reflection it mirrors the final heist plan and in that way it works really well. I enjoyed the historic back story to this plot too and the new character was also just as exciting as Taccone. I must admit that I was also glad to have a bit more of Kat and Hale’s relationship in this book. As a tumblr user the couple appear a lot and I felt I didn’t quite feel their feelings in the first book but that improved this time around. 

I am going to get the third book in the series but I am going to try and wait to read it when I can do so in one go. I want to see if that builds the excitement up more as with that this series will be just as good as the Gallagher girls.

Double Crossed

Book Blurb

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

My Synopsis

Macey wasn’t looking forward to the society gala but when she see’s Hale she wonders what someone like him is doing there. Hale is just as excited about the party and also a little curious about who Macey really is but neither really trust one another till thing get out of hand and they have to. 


This is just a short story of only 60 pages that brings together the characters of both of Ally Carters series. It was interesting to get to read from the different characters point of view and amusing to see them not trust one another when you knew all about both of them.  It combines all the smarts and actions of her other works just a little shorter. I think this was a really good idea from Ally Carter and would recommend it to anyone who has read the books, even if you’ve only read the one series, I am sure this would make you pick up the other.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

Our topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013. I almost did this topic earlier in the year as a freebie but I say it was coming up so my list was all ready to go.

  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter 
  • Fever by Dee Shulman 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • Fractured by Teri Terry 
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling       

What Have Been Your Favourite Books So Far In 2013?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Beach Reads

The Broke and The Bookish have asked us this week for our Top Ten Beach Reads.This weeks topic is quite a hard one for me because I don’t really go to the beach that often and when I do reading isn’t something I so there. I’ve not quite managed 10 books but I have come up with a list of some books I think may but what people go for when reading on the beach.

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler 
  • Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell 
  • Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

What Are Your Favourite Beach Reads?

Heist Society

Book Blurb

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. But now her dad’s life is on the line, and Kat must go back to the world she tried so hard to escape…

My Synopsis

Kat has been pulling off tricks for as long as she can remember so when she is being accused of one she wasn’t involved in she knows something is up. For a short time she had managed to escape the world of crime but it seems it wont leave her alone. When her fathers life is on the line she has no choice but to go back to doing what she knows best and with her friends in tow they have to travel all around Europe before they can pull of the biggest heist heard of. 


I was excited to read this after enjoying the Gallagher Girls series and this was also worth reading. I’ve read a few reviews of the book being an Ally Carter fan and seen the tumblr so I had some idea about the characters involved and was excited to finally get to met Hale. I thought he was written as a really good romantic interest and I am definatley going to read the other books to find out how their relationship develops. All the characters had really interesting personalities though and I felt that each was given the right amount of attention in the book to fill you and in keep the story going.

The plot was also exciting although maybe a tiny bit lacking in energy at the start. Right for the beginning though we were faced with the work Kat and her friends are capable of and it lures you in to find out just how they are going to be able to solve their issue. I almost felt like I was reading Ocean’s Eleven and was excited to find out just what they were going to do and how they would get away with it. I think you could make a really good movie or TV show out of the book, which isn’t something I would admit often but the mystery/crime nature of the story lends itself to that sort of interpretation. 

You should check this book out if you are a fan of the Gallagher girls series and I can’t want to read the next book in Heist Society.


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t

The Broke and The Bookish topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Series I’d Like to Start But Haven’t. Thankfully this was an easier topic than the last couple of weeks.

  • Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Last Survivors Series by Beth Susan Pifeffer
  • The Killables by Gemma Malley
  • Cat Royal Series by Julia Golding
  • Peter Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

What Series Have You Been Trying To Start But Still Haven’t?

Happy New Year! – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night bringing in the bells.

Today is the first day of a new year and it is also a Tuesday! so that means Top Ten Tuesday. To start off this year our topic is Top Ten books I Resolve To Read In 2013. I have decided that these have to be books that I already own and are sitting in my to-read pile. Some of them have been their for years I think 2013 might just be their year.

  1. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
  2. Wither by Lauren Destenfano
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Journey to the edge of the World by Billy Connolly
  8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  9. Jane Austen I read my first Jane Austen book in 2012 and I hope that next year I might be able to get through at least one more.
  10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I’m not totally sure I will fit this in but I really want to re-read all the books.

What Books Are You Determined To Read In 2013?