Uncommon Criminals

Uncommon Criminals

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 p...

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Title:Uncommon Criminals
Author:Ally Carter
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Uncommon Criminals Reviews

  • Sophia

    I haven't read the book yet, obviously, but I know that this is going to be a good one. All of Ally Carter's YA books ave been a success and I'm sure this will be too. The only thing I will be disappointed with if she doesn't have is some kissing with Hale and Kat, I mean, it's soooooo obvious that they like each other...

    *EDIT* The cover is gorgeous!!!

    *EDIT* Reading the synopsis just makes me more excited, and I'm about to die of anticipation!!!

  • Melannie :)

    Ahhhh. Where do I begin?

    I remember reading Heist Society a loooong time ago, I remember listening to the audiobook of it quite a few times,

    I remember loving this series. I just didn't rememmber HOW MUCH.

    I loved this book! I was so surprised and pleased to discovered it is as good as the first one, plus more adventures,

    more truths, even more lies, and oh so many incredibly kick-butt action!

    The characters! Gosh the characters! I didn't recall them being this awesome!

    they were all SO CLEVER, SO SM

    Ahhhh. Where do I begin?

    I remember reading Heist Society a loooong time ago, I remember listening to the audiobook of it quite a few times,

    I remember loving this series. I just didn't rememmber HOW MUCH.

    I loved this book! I was so surprised and pleased to discovered it is as good as the first one, plus more adventures,

    more truths, even more lies, and oh so many incredibly kick-butt action!

    The characters! Gosh the characters! I didn't recall them being this awesome!

    they were all SO CLEVER, SO SMART. It takes some (okay, a lot) of talent to write a book like this, and to me,

    Miss Carter deserves an standing ovasion! I can't even imagine how much time it took for her to plot all her characters' actions.

    Each and everyone of the situations on this book were complicated and tricky at first to be ended later in the most simplified way you could think of

    (or actually, haven't think of) these guys are teenagers after all, and trust them to find the answer to an exit problem using five hundred doves (not kidding, don't ask)

    What I also loved about this second book is that it shows Kat's flaws. I mean I knew she had them, SHE knew she had them,

    but it's nice to see them aknowledged. She can be a super kick ass thief, but she's also a fifteen year old girl who has normal problems while living an extraordinary life.

    And Hale, oh W. W. Hale the Fifth, how I love you! He kept the loyalness he has come to be known for. He's awesome, you can tell he's deeply in love with Kat,

    but he's not gonna take her crap, and I like that, he's fierce! reminds me of a GOOD Chuck Bass, utterly confident, careless in a way only the extra-rich are.

    Every other character kick major butt in this one too. Gabrielle was cool in book 1, but I LOVED her in this one. And Nick, oh Nick I love you too <3

    I just hope Miss Carter has something good prepared for him, cause in the short amount of pages he's been in, I've come to love him and wish him nothing but the best.

    This book is incredible and I can't wait for the people at WB to give the green light so they can start turning this series into a movie!

    It'd be the ultimate action-packed, romance-full, funny-filled film I've ever hoped to watch!

  • C.B. Cook

    HOLY COW. I didn't know it was possible for me to like a book more than Heist Society... and then BAM. Book #2... was crazy good. Those were some

    plot twists, and to be honest, I think this was even better than the first book... if that's possible. I'm going to start making a list of the names Kat guesses for Hale's first name... Basically, LOVED IT!!!!

    HOLY COW. I didn't know it was possible for me to like a book more than Heist Society... and then BAM. Book #2... was crazy good. Those were some

    plot twists, and to be honest, I think this was even better than the first book... if that's possible. I'm going to start making a list of the names Kat guesses for Hale's first name... Basically, LOVED IT!!!!

  • Nic

    When it comes to sequels they can be a scary thing especially when you love the first book. But Uncommon Criminals is just as good as Heist Society. Once again Ally Carter offers all the right elements for another fun read - clever writing, a quick and suspenseful plot and entertaining characters.

    Again there were plenty of twists in this cleverly constructed plot making it impossible to put Uncommon Criminals down. And when I did I was thinking about all the ways Kat could possibly get herself out of trouble this time. I also love how Carter brilliantly describes the settings. She really knows how to capture the beautiful places like Monte Carlo the crew visits and you can picture everything perfectly thanks to Carter's wonderful writing.

    Kat is a genuine and likeable character. She is independent, smart and stubborn. In this instalment Kat has to learn to that she doesn't have to do everything on her own even if she doesn't need help. That it is okay to want help from her crew. Kat showed a lot growth. I also love the distinctive bunch of secondary characters. As soon as I started the book I was eagerly awaiting when Hale, Gabrielle, Simon or the Bagshaw brothers would pop up in the story and when they did they didn't disappoint.

    I know fans of the first book will be wondering about the romance. Does anything happen with Hale? Well all I can say is the spark is still there and you will have to read the book (I recommend immediately).

    Overall, this is one addictive series that I highly recommend. I really hope Carter writes a Heist Society #3.

  • Daiane

    This sequel is really better. I could totally picture the world and loved Carte's way of making the characters look like good badass people. They are thieves who have no unbelievable tech, guns or really dangerous people behind them and still made the book enjoyable. I liked how they were conning and robbing in a classic and elegant way and still were the good guy. And how sly they were.

    The writing was really easy and pleasant but the romance...

    This sequel is really better. I could totally picture the world and loved Carte's way of making the characters look like good badass people. They are thieves who have no unbelievable tech, guns or really dangerous people behind them and still made the book enjoyable. I liked how they were conning and robbing in a classic and elegant way and still were the good guy. And how sly they were.

    The writing was really easy and pleasant but the romance...

    It had some cute and cheesy lines but I expected so much more with Hale that I was kinda disappointed.

    Or at least more with Nick! So because it was lacking is some ways, I wouldn't say this book is a YA but had more of a Middle Grade feeling to it.

    The plot twist got me by surprise but the ending was really predictable. It was a really easy read and would recommend it for sure :D

  • Nonie

    There was no way I couldn't like this book even if I tried. Ally Carter wrote in everything I look for in a good heist story: the loyal crew for the hero (or in this case, heroine), plot twists at every turn, crazy mysterious villains, and of course, the seemingly impossible heist that the crew needs to pull off by the end of the story.

    I would say that Uncommon Criminals is the blockbuster, popcorn novel for YA for this summer as Super 8 is this summer's blockbuster movie for Hollywood- sort of

    There was no way I couldn't like this book even if I tried. Ally Carter wrote in everything I look for in a good heist story: the loyal crew for the hero (or in this case, heroine), plot twists at every turn, crazy mysterious villains, and of course, the seemingly impossible heist that the crew needs to pull off by the end of the story.

    I would say that Uncommon Criminals is the blockbuster, popcorn novel for YA for this summer as Super 8 is this summer's blockbuster movie for Hollywood- sort of hyped up but not as much as others have been (and attached to several big names of their respective industries).

    Of course coming from Ally Carter, the plot of Uncommon Criminals was nothing short of riveting. For the whole 304 pages I kept the novel in my hands and never looked up unless to quickly take a sip of my caramel frapp, or occasionally getting distracted by people sitting next to me. The writing was elegant and polished, adding some glamor needed for the story like this.

    Kat was a believable character. The way she sticks with her family, and the way she takes up a Robin Hood-like role was poignant to me. She seems so wise and she's seen so much of the world already that I was taken aback when I remembered that she was only fifteen. The same goes for the rest of her crew. It's hard to believe that they're only sixteen (or under!) when they're country-hopping by themselves, but hey, it works.

    Speaking of Kat's crew, I badly badly badly want to join them. Not so much for the thievery, but for the traveling (I want to go all around Europe...) and working with the crew wouldn't be bad. The second in command of Kat's crew is W.W. Hale, who's handsome, smart,

    , and every bit as stubborn as Kat herself. One of the best aspects of the novel, besides the thievery was Kat and Hale dynamic. It plays out nicely because we (and Kat and Hale themselves) never forget that they're first and foremost best friends.

    The other crew members are Simon, the tech geek of the group (Q: Why is every "geeky" guy named Simon these days?); Angus and Hamish, the adorable brothers (note: every heist story needs a pair of brothers); and Gabriella, Kat's cousin and foil in the series meaning that she's fashionable and knows how to hold herself.

    The heist itself? Brilliantly done. I know that I'll have to read over the ending again to take in all of it. I'm really looking forward to finding out who Visily Romani is (or will we every find out?). It might've been the frapp and the windy weather outside, but it suddenly got chilly whenever Mr (or Ms?) Romani's name got mentioned. Very mysterious....*scratches chin*

    Uncommon Criminals can get serious sometimes as the themes of the story-family, friendship, betrayal- are serious, but it's always, just like any well-made Hollywood popcorn summer blockbuster,

    .

    Recommended to all. :)

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    If there was ever a Young Adult book written almost exclusively for actual young adults, it’s Uncommon Criminals. In fact, with its light tone, overly simplified plot, short chapters, third person narrative and extremely subtle romance, it is at times more appropriate for younger young adults or even middle grade readers and should be judged/rated as such.

    After successfully stealing (back) four paintings from the seemingly impenetrable Henley museum and returning them to their rightful owners,

    If there was ever a Young Adult book written almost exclusively for actual young adults, it’s Uncommon Criminals. In fact, with its light tone, overly simplified plot, short chapters, third person narrative and extremely subtle romance, it is at times more appropriate for younger young adults or even middle grade readers and should be judged/rated as such.

    After successfully stealing (back) four paintings from the seemingly impenetrable Henley museum and returning them to their rightful owners, Kat has acquired a Robin Hood-like reputation. Therefore, she is only mildly surprised when an old lady, the rightful owner of the Kleopatra emerald, asks her to steal the supposedly cursed stone and return it to her family. Still feeling lucky after several well-done jobs, Kat shuts down her instincts and accepts the job. Hale is the voice of reason, very much against it, but as always, he goes where Kat goes, regardless of the consequences.

    If Heist Society reminded me a lot of Ocean’s Eleven, Uncommon Criminals is an oversimplified version of Ocean’s Twelve. The crew gets conned by a better thief and they must find a way to outsmart that thief and retrieve what they lost. (Though the thief here isn’t as hot as Vincent Cassel, that’s for sure.)

    As much as I like Hale (and he’s one swoon-worthy boy, believe me), his wealth and status seem awfully convenient at times. His contacts open all doors, the crew travels in private jets, and if they need a yacht near Monte Carlo, well of course he has one ready! I loved how devoted he was to Kat in Heist Society, but in Uncommon Criminals, he went from being devoted to being a doormat at times. Kat too seems to have changed for the worst. After the Henley job, she developed not just a reputation, but an overabundance of ego as well. She had reason to, up to a point, but she went a bit too far by taking sole credit for something that was a team effort.

    Keeping in mind what I mentioned at the beginning, I won’t lower my rating because the heists themselves seemed far too simple. I look at this book the same way I’d look at The Famous Five – I would have adored it when I was twelve, loved it still when I was 14. At 28, I found it entertaining, but I really can’t take it seriously.

    I’ll read the third book mostly because it focuses on Hale, and from all the characters, he’s the one I haven’t managed to figure out.

  • Anne

    This was my very first audio book!

    I'd never found a reason to listen to a book (rather than read it), because it just takes so much longer to finish. Also, I noticed that most people who love audio books tend to have a commute, and I'm never in a car (without kids) long enough to listen to anything.

    So, no reason for audio books.

    I started exercising...because flab happens.

    And for a while, it was fun with Richard.

    Eventually, however, I moved on to an aerobic walking video. Because I'm cool li

    This was my very first audio book!

    I'd never found a reason to listen to a book (rather than read it), because it just takes so much longer to finish. Also, I noticed that most people who love audio books tend to have a commute, and I'm never in a car (without kids) long enough to listen to anything.

    So, no reason for audio books.

    I started exercising...because flab happens.

    And for a while, it was fun with Richard.

    Eventually, however, I moved on to an aerobic walking video. Because I'm cool like that. And also because it hurts my knees to even

    stuff like this:

    And as much as I benefit from the low impact exercise, the lady who does them is like Fran Drescher in yoga pants.

    God help me, for 45 minutes a day, part of my workout consisted of

    throwing my shoe at the television.

    Then one glorious morning at the library, I was introduced to a little something called

    .

    Not by

    , mind you. No, she was too busy collecting late fees (

    ) to bother showing off this technological wonder to an honored patron like myself.

    And now, with tiny things that the kids these days are calling

    , I can block the goat-like bleating of Walking Chick's voice, while

    making my doctor happy with my daily dose of aerobics,

    I get to listen to a story while I do it!

    So, was

    any good, you ask?

    Well...

    I grabbed it because it was available that day at the library, and not because I'm a big fan of Ally Carter's series.

    I was just so friggin' happy not to be listening to those lame jokes & horsey laughter that I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed anything.

    Having said that, I think this was a cute story. Not fantastic, but cute.

    I had a hard time swallowing that these kids were good enough to fly all around the world and con professionals. But, then again, I'm waaay outside the age range for teeny-bopper heist stories. And this is

    a teeny-bopper story. I do love YA, but this isn't a series that I would recommend to adult readers.

    But it

    something that I would recommend to my daughter in a year or so, which says something.

  • Norah Una Sumner

    I'm reading the reviews for this book and all I can say is that I definitely agree with many of you who said that this book is truly a YA book intended for

    . I wish I read it when I was 14 or 15 because I would've adored it. It's light, fun and overall cute. Of course, sometimes we get a bit of drama-llama situations and questionable choices made by our interesting characters but overall, this entire trilogy is entertaining. Hale is cute, though, I love him.

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