5 stars to Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Published January 4, 2013 by katheryn13

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 for this heist. This time, Kat’s going to have to make up her own rules…


Okay, I have to say, this was just as good, in fact, probably better than Height Society.

I love Ally Carter’s ability to draw you in. I adore Kat, and she’s so…fiesty. I love it. The way she doesn’t back down, and even when she’s about to, she gets right back up and finishes what she started.

I love Hale, but I hope in the 3rd book that him and Kat get together officially. None of this holding hands all the time. I mean, really. There’s only so much sexual tension I can handle in a book. And believe me…there was a lot.

The whole gang just made me want to hug them, laugh with them, maybe even cry with them. I couldn’t stand Maggie, and I guess that was the point. You weren’t supposed to like her, but still…
I did occasionally get a tad confused in certain parts, however. Mainly trying to work out who was pretending to be and what was supposed to be a hoax and what wasn’t. But I sort of got it, in the end.

Over all, this is a great sequel, I can’t wait for Perfect Scoundrels, and I also can’t wait for the next Gallagher Girl book…which I believe Ally is working on. Even though I think that’ll be the last, I will always be a Gallagher Girl at heart. Really, I just love Ally’s writing. You’re a thief, Ally. You stole my heart with this book.

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