Author: Ally Carter
Published: June 21, 2011 Disney/Hyperion
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.Uncommon Criminals is the aftermath of Katarina Bishop's leap into the heist society once again. She has became famous for the Henley heist and as a result she has been undergoing dangerous heist on her own. Katarina is not like all the other thieves in the family. She rescues valuables that have been stolen to their rightful families with the help of Mr. Stein. When an old woman and her grandson come to Katarina saying that Visily Romani sent them then Katarina is compelled to help even though everyone is telling her that the job cannot be done.
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.
Of all the characters in Uncommon Criminals, W.W. Hale the Fourth has to be my favorite. Even though he yells at Katarina, he is making a good point - she should not do everything alone. Besides, he looks amazing in a tuxedo.
Because Katarina, Hale, Marcus, Gabrielle, Hamish, and Angus are thieves (with the exception of Marcus the butler), they travel all around the world. But my favorite location has to be the casino where the Hamish and Angus released five hundred white doves. You will understand after you have read this book. Trust me.
The main character in this book is a girl, but this is NOT just for girls. Once you dive into this family of thieves everyone will want to read this amazingly complex but still easy enough to understand book. Besides, all readers who enjoy action, suspense, potential romance, foreign lands, and deep betrayals and double crosses will fall for Ally Carter's Uncommon Criminals, book two in the Heist Society novels.
*reviewed by Shundrika, age 15 ~ Ouachita Valley Branch