Title: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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 loved the first book, Heist Society, and I think this book was just as great – it had the characters from the first book that I loved, surprises I didn’t see coming, and another heist that was interesting to follow. So why did I bump this one down to 4.5? Maybe because I was in the mood for paranormal action when I read this rather than semi-realistic criminal adventures, or perhaps the slightly-confusing twists got to me while I was trying to relax during summer break, but something about this book was a very tad off. I still liked it and would recommend it to anyone who liked the first book, but I still felt like there were some very small things off about this book.
The characters were just as interesting as ever, though. It was great to revisit them and see how things were going, although Kat hasn’t learned a lot since the first book. It’s great to see her learn to trust people, though, especially Hale, and hopefully next time we’ll get to see more of her family rather than her running away repeatedly. Until then, I still got to enjoy the hilarious antics of Hamish, Angus, Simon, Gabrielle, and Marcus, plus the interesting dynamics of Kat, Nick, and Hale. It was also interesting to get a little background on Uncle Eddie – maybe next time we can learn more about Kat’s dad or the other mysterious relatives who are mentioned quickly as background characters.
Despite the small misgivings I had, mostly centering on the plans to get the Cleopatra at the end, since it could be a tad confusing to follow and understand, I still enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see if Ally Carter is going to write another, one that completely blows me away.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars