Title: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: June 2011
Pages: 298
Series: Heist Society #2
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
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 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.

My Thoughts:
I finished this book while on vacation in northern California last week. It was so nice to be out of the 100 degree Texas heat! Ok back to the book.

A fun, light read full of heists and surprises. The villain is heartless, but she is an older version of Kat if Kat doesn’t acknowledge the help of friends. Kat can either continue on alone or let go of some pride and allow her friends to share the spotlight.

Favorite Line:
“The world didn’t end when she said it. Kat had been expecting the brownstone’s walls to crumble, the old kitchen table to crack in two beneath her palms. But what followed was nothing but an eerie, empty quiet, and Kat knew the girl she’d been two hours before was dead.”

Happy Reading!

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