Monday, March 10, 2014

Uncommon Criminals (review)

4/5 stars

Uncommon Criminals (Goodreads | Amazon) is a book I should have read earlier.  Due to my Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up challenge, I finally picked up the second book in this series and once again felt like I was late to the Ally Carter Party.  Uncommon Criminals is so much fun; it's smart, clever but mostly enjoyable.

At the beginning of the book Kat Bishop is working on her own, stealing artwork and giving it back to the rightful owners.  The thing about Kat is that she is VERY good at her job.  As far as thieves go, she's a bit of a prodigy.  Her problem?  That she can do most jobs all alone.  No worries, a job to steal the impossible and cursed Cleopatra emerald falls into her lap, and Kat has finally met her match so she calls on her talented group of teenage criminals to help pull off the heist.

If you're looking for something quick and fun, this series should move to the top of your list.  If you're looking for something with an intelligent female main character who can think her way out of trouble, then move this to the top of your list.  My favorite thing about Kat Bishop is that she uses her brains not her brawn to get into and out of trouble.  It's her intelligence and her ability to out-think you that makes her a gifted thief, not any miraculous physical capabilities..

This book reads a little young, but that doesn't bother me because it's meant to appeal to younger audiences.  It's a fun romp with characters I really like spending time with and sometimes that's exactly what I need.  At times it's a little simple, there was one running joke that wore on me, but overall this book is exactly what it should be.  Can't wait for the next one!

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