Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2)

 298 pages
June 21st 2011
by Hyperion Book CH
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.

I thought the first book was just fabulous and I couldn’t put it down,  but then I read this and it blew me away.  I loved the tension between Kat and Hale.  I loved how some of the family history is brought out in this book.  I loved the cover because of the way Kat is looking at the emerald over the sunglasses but you can see it reflection on the glasses.  This cover just goes so well with the book. 
 I don’t want to give too much away and if I go into detail then a lot of the plot will be ruined.  I will say that this book takes Kat on a journey of self discovery.  She learns that maybe she isn’t as good as she thinks she is.  She also learns she can’t do everything on her own.  There are many of the old characters in the book and a few new ones.   I loved the story of the emerald and why it is supposed to be cursed.  This is just one of those books that once you start it you just don’t want it to stop.  I look forward to more installments of the Heist Society and highly recommend this to anyone who likes books with adventure, danger and so much more….

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