Book Review: UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2)
Author: Ally Carter
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Genre/Category: Young Adult, Chick Lit

Summary on Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

There are three reasons why I read Uncommon Criminals. First, I enjoyed Heist Society so much that it makes me wonder what Kat and her gang will be up to this time. Second, I am so curious about Hale—what’s his real name again? Nobody knows, except Ally Carter of course! And third, I’m waiting for Kat and Hale to finally admit their feelings for each other, especially Kat! When will they kiss? 

And so, here’s what I got:

I’d say, this is more enjoyable and fun to read than the first book. The plot is good, those awesome characters are still present, the twists are better, and there are lots of unnerving anticipation as you progress on your reading. I only have one concern about Kat—her sense of independence is unbearable sometimes. She’s too proud and it was annoying. I feel sad for Hale when she keeps on pushing him away. But it’s a relief when she finally realized her mistakes and that she couldn’t have done it alone. 
As for W. W. Hale’s real name?
Kat’s guess is Wyatt? But no… not Wyatt. 
Apparently, I still don’t have any idea!
And so Kat and Hale kissed, but not really. Kat kissed Hale. And though I want that to happen, I was glad when Hale didn’t kiss her back. Are they a couple now? I guess so, but this book didn’t give me a clear answer. Maybe on the next book? So much for anticipation.
The ending is good and I can’t deny the fact that I really enjoyed it. I will be waiting for the next book to come out, hoping it could give me the answers I’m looking for. But for now, I am more than happy to recommend this book especially to those who enjoyed Heist Society. 

My Rating:


2 thoughts on “Book Review: UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter

  1. hi! I just happen to see your site, the format is good. I'm actually not an avid blog reader and I'm not even good at writing but I just want to comment about what you said in your home page, regarding the book that influenced…..”unfortunately, I just gave birth….”, that I think be thought of as a misfortune for you to had not seen the The Twilight Saga on big screen for the reason that you just gave birth to your son…but it's actually the most beautiful blessing for you..=D


  2. Hello Anonymous,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you know it's not what I meant, but I am honestly glad that you've mentioned it. I didn't realized soon enough that others might think of it as my misfortune. My son is indeed the most beautiful blessing in my life. You're right, some readers may actually misunderstood what I truly meant. So I preferred to remove that word! 🙂 Thank you and I hope you could visit me again some time.

    Have a great weekend!


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