Monday, August 8, 2011


Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life 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.

Uncommon Criminals was an incredible sequel to Heist Society. Both books had the same sense of adventure and mischievousness needed to carry the seriousness of the initial plot. You would think a book about stealing precious items would have no moral depth at all, but when talking about the Heist Society series, you would be dead wrong. Without the depth displayed the story would lack necessary components and would fall very flat, at least for me.

The romance factor was slightly upped from the previous book, resulting in a wonderful developing relationship between Kat and Hale. God, I think they are so cute together! But then again, I am a girl, so that is to be expected :P 

Uncommon Criminals brought a lot more back story to the forefront. We learn a lot more about Uncle Eddie and we meet Uncle Charlie for the first time, introducing two semi-new characters who bring a lot to the table. Uncle Eddie and Charlie both bring a level of mysteriousness and tons of new secrets that just have to be revealed. Can't wait to see more of them if this series is continued!

Surprising plot twists occur in almost every chapter, effectively reeling me until the wonderful ending. If you decide to give this book (series) a try, expect a wonderful, gripping ride. Theft, criminals, secrets, romance, I LOVED IT!

5/5 stars

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