Posted 27 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 8 Comments

YA Contemporary
298 pages
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Review copy purchased
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 this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

Positive: Oh, the caper. What an awesome crime they pulled off (It’d be so cool to hold a huge, cursed emerald…wait, on second thought maybe not) and then the twisted caper at the end! Boy, Kat and her team are wicked smart.

Positive: Kat. She’s so intelligent and yet very vulnerable, especially when it comes to asking for help. Oh, and in love. Poor girl. She likes Hale so much but she’s determined to keep her distance. Luckily, Hale isn’t quite so willing to let her do that.

Positive: The cons. I love the crazy names, the people involved (I mean, who doesn’t love Hamish and Angus? Crazy Scots.), and the conning of the cons.

Wish: That Kat seemed more her age. She’s supposed to be sixteen (is that right? Maybe I’m wrong.) but she acts much older. Maybe it’s because of the type of family she grew up in or the work she does, I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

Overall: So awesome. UNCOMMON CRIMINALS is a fun, fast-paced summer read.

(Sorry for the kind of babble-y review. It’s late and I’m thinking I probably shouldn’t write anymore tonight. Still, this book did rock.)

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8 Responses to “UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter”

  1. This sounds like such a fun series, I really want to give it a try! And honestly, who wouldn’t love a pair of crazy Scotsmen? Must read soon!

  2. *grins*
    I’m glad to hear that Hale isn’t letting Kat keep so much of her distance, it drove me a little crazy during Heist, and now you got me wondering about the Con they pull…
    I need to add this to my TBR list

    Thanks for the review.

  3. Yes, what a fun read!! SO glad you enjoyed it. You’re right, Kat does act very mature for her age at times… but then again there’s also the scenes where she’s clueless about boys, and that shows that she’s not completely mature in every respect.

  4. I loved the first one and can not wait to read this one. these books are great summer reads. not wait for this one!

    great review as always!