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Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  27,120 ratings  ·  1,856 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 298 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jun 22, 2011 Sophia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like spy and mystery novels with a teenage twist
I haven't read the book yet, obviously, but I know that this is going to be a good one. All of Ally Carter's YA books ave been a success and I'm sure this will be too. The only thing I will be disappointed with if she doesn't have is some kissing with Hale and Kat, I mean, it's soooooo obvious that they like each other...

*EDIT* The cover is gorgeous!!!

*EDIT* Reading the synopsis just makes me more excited, and I'm about to die of anticipation!!!
For a bit of W.W. Hale eye candy go to

Rating: 4.5

Favourite Quote: Luck is a strange thing in the life of any thief and halfway decent con man. What is it that keeps the mark from counting the till or the guards from looking up at precisely the wrong moment? Kat had learned at a very young age that luck is for the amateur, the lazy---those who are unprepared and unskilled. And yet she also knew that luck, like most things, cannot be truly missed until it i
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
If there was ever a Young Adult book written almost exclusively for actual young adults, it’s Uncommon Criminals. In fact, with its light tone, overly simplified plot, short chapters, third person narrative and extremely subtle romance, it is at times more appropriate for younger young adults or even middle grade readers and should be judged/rated as such.

After successfully stealing (back) four paintings from the seemingly impenetrable Henley museum and returning them to their rightful owners,
There was no way I couldn't like this book even if I tried. Ally Carter wrote in everything I look for in a good heist story: the loyal crew for the hero (or in this case, heroine), plot twists at every turn, crazy mysterious villains, and of course, the seemingly impossible heist that the crew needs to pull off by the end of the story.

I would say that Uncommon Criminals is the blockbuster, popcorn novel for YA for this summer as Super 8 is this summer's blockbuster movie for Hollywood- sort of
Melannie :)
Ahhhh. Where do I begin?
I remember reading Heist Society a loooong time ago, I remember listening to the audiobook of it quite a few times,
I remember loving this series. I just didn't rememmber HOW MUCH.

I loved this book! I was so surprised and pleased to discovered it is as good as the first one, plus more adventures,
more truths, even more lies, and oh so many incredibly kick-butt action!

The characters! Gosh the characters! I didn't recall them being this awesome!
they were all SO CLEVER, SO SM
Can´t believe it´s over. I still don´t really get what actually happened but I can´t stop grinning. Who could have seen it coming? It was just so bloody complicated, twins, fake stones, cons, plans for this and that... yet so simple! I wanna be a thief! Very, very much. I´m still not sure about the rating (shocking, I know) but I just adore Kat and W.W. Hale the 5th together (and not so much together) it totally made me blush. Also I will mistaken Paraguay for Uruguay for the rest of my life, th ...more
I honestly thought that I would like this better than Heist Society, but the ending failed so miserably that I am left feeling nothing but disappointment. The ingredients for a fun, intelligent read were there, but they were wasted. Overall, the story was distractingly unrealistic, the characters were bland, and the ending was poorly put together.

First, let's talk about the novel as a whole. I am echoing myself from my review of the first book, but really? I'm supposed to believe these kids are
Sue (YAHollywood)
Not as good as the first one, but that was still an enjoyable read.
Jun 19, 2011 Kiana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!
Shelves: favorites
I am soooo excited for this book to come out!! I have an obsession with the first book(I've read it 9 times) and all of Ally Carter's other books(love the Gallagher Girls Series) which is why I know I will love this one too.Hey, it is already in my favorites shelf! This has been said alot but, the cover does look gorgeous!! I read the first chapters of it and instantaneously fell in love with it. The plot is really creative and I can't wait to read all about it. Kat gets a new client and new job ...more
Maiven Henteko
Feb 15, 2011 Maiven Henteko marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Maiven by: MEE!!
I know its going to be ahmazing! can't wait!! i am seriously getting upset though because i know i will have to wait so long for this book to come out, then i will read in like one day, then i will have to wait forever for the next!! lol oh well
Pre-reading: Hm, I think I like the Heist cover better, this one seems a little less intense. But it's still nice, love that the model kept her smirk :)

After reading: I really loved this book. I liked the first Heist a lot, but I feel like Ally Carter has improved her writing so much since the last Heist. All the characters in Uncommon Criminals are really wonderful and extremely well fleshed out. I also think Ally Carter's third person prose has gotten a lot better.
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
I thought it would be very hard for Ally Carter to bring this second book to the level of the first and try to make it even better, but she totally pulled it off, and with grace at that.

She kept and increased the Heist Society tension and brilliance, while developping a whole new level of relationship issues. And all that was wrapped in great humour and sarcasm, as well as depth of story.

I'm loving Kat and all her comrades - they are one sassy, messy, classy group of misfits and goofballs who ma
4.5 stars

If you like movies like "Oceans Eleven", you are going to love this book! The teens in the book are smart, strong, and are able to pull off major heists, (almost) all on their own.

This was such a fun book. The action never stopped, and it was smart action, too. The teens always found clever loopholes and tricks to get their way.

The book does walk a fine line, almost glorifying stealing. But I think the author makes it clear that they are stealing what was already stolen and returning it
Kate (VerbVixen)
Uncommon Criminals- Ally Carter

If I ever turn to a life of crime you can blame Ally Carter. Heist Society stole my heart, but Uncommon Criminals secured it with the thrill of the chase. The plot may be the greatest heist plot ever conceived if only for the brilliance of its simple resolution. It’s worth the read just to get to that last sentence. Now THAT is what we call a denouement people!

Kat is still running, deciding who she is and how she can use her talents for good. Vying for her affectio
Sarah Snyder
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter is exactly what we always hope sequels will be - even better than the original. While I enjoyed the series opener, Heist Society, I feel like Carter really stepped up her game with this followup effort.

The biggest change is that Carter spends a lot more time investigating and fleshing out the characters in Uncommon Criminals. Kat and Hale in particular are both marvelously fleshed out - we get a better handle on who they are and what their motivations and feelin
I already rated this book. I already wrote my opinion. I thought it couldn't have been any better. But I know it could.

Uncommon Criminals was great. I was ecstatic about the opening day. I had it marked on my mental calendar ever since I heard about it. But it didn't have the same punch Heist Society had. Maybe it was the fact that Heist Society was first, and therefore, it will always have that special place in my heart; or maybe it was the curse. whatever it was, Ally Carter definitely had ide
Nitzan Schwarz
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(This only looks like a long review cause I'm a space freak...)

If you would've asked me two weeks ago if I thought I was going to read this book anytime soon, I would've told you no. Heist Society did not impress me, and was a bit of a disappointment to me.

But then the most unbelievable thing happened; I found the book in my bookstore. Don't laugh, that's a truly unimaginable occurrence. Our bookstores are small and porely stocked wh
This was a fun book. I just wish I had read the first book in the series before I read this one. (Hey, I get what I can on audiobook, because that's the only way I have time to read.) I thought the climax had a very clever twist and I liked the way Ally Carter made her main character grow during the course of the book--it wasn't just a girl adventure story.

I want to read all of her books.
Lena ♫ ♪
Uncommon Criminals is a fantastic addition to what is now quickly becoming one of my favorite series. All your favorite characters, Kat, Hale (EEP!), Gabrielle and Simon are back and bigger than ever. The stakes are higher, the romance more juicy and the action? Wow. It makes me want to go out and create my own heist society. Are you in?

Kat technically really isn't a thief. After all, she only steals things that belong to others and returns them to their rightful owners. Doesn't that make her mo
Jun 20, 2011 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
After last year's fun Heist Society, I was interested in seeing what Ally Carter had up her sleeves next for the world and characters established. I could not wait to see whether problems I had with the first addition would be resolved, and whether or not the heist this time would be exciting and thrilling. Thankfully, I do feel Uncommon Criminals was a step in the right direction, but I have to admit, I was still a little torn about this read for several reasons.

Uncommon Criminals picks up Katr
15 year old teens stealing 97 carat emeralds off the coast of Monaco while on board a mega yacht all the while learning secrets about identical twins, love triangles, betrayal, and first kisses....


That is basically what this book is about and yet there is so much more! The best part though is that Ally Carter is an amazing author when it comes to growing her characters. All throughout the first book and now the second you really see Katarina 'Kat' Bishop grow as a person,
Sooooooo despite the excuses I use on (myself), the snappy comments for (my sister) and the general like I would read this book attitude I try and show (everyone else)...I have to admit, I really enjoyed this one. In fact, I enjoyed it even more than the first. It isn't just the light, breezy writing, the (semi) deep character change, or the awesome plot. Its just a facinating, fun book. The climax is delightful. Carter plays off the reader's natural guessing (is it a hoax? Isn't it?) Her chara ...more
First, let me admit that I like Ally Carter. Her narrative and characters are fun and distinct and she knows where her priorities lie with the plot. AKA no crazy romance sucking the life out of the book. Her characters always have depth (well most of the time. The ones that matter, at least) and she's capable of creating a book without one dirty, filthy word and still make it uncontrollably fun and exciting. Carter could write for Disney (well her publishers are Disney, right?). But unlike other ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Jessica-Robyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of light intrigue
The second book in the Heist Society series, Uncommon Criminals has definitely pulled though, with an incredibly interesting plot and the cast of established quirky characters from book one. I could not ask for anything more.

I loved that the voices of the characters from listening to the first book were still in my head, everything came together and I actually found myself enjoying this book a little bit more then the first one.

I love heists! There is nothing better then an excellently complic
Mimi Valentine
I seriously love all of Ally Carter's books, and Uncommon Criminals is no exception!

One thing I adore about this series is that you don't have to read one book to understand the others — although it's way more fun if you pick up the first book, Heist Society (read my review here), anyways! Uncommon Criminals carries its own fast-paced plot yet reflects on the first in a super fun way.

The cast in this novel is one of my favourites. Each of these genius, con artist teenagers are clever, fun, and
4 1\2 stars. I liked "Heist Society" a little bit better. The second book in the Heist series.

A lady comes to Kat and Hale telling them about the Cleopatra Emerald, asking that they steal it and return it to the rightful owner. So they agree to the job, gather the rest of the crew, steal the Emerald, and return it to the lady, Maggie, only to realize that they've been conned. So they plan a brilliant con to con Maggie.

Involving twists and twins, interrupted conversations between Kat and Hale,
It took me a long time to buy Ally Carter’s Heist Society because when I walked by it in the bookstore I just saw the big sunglasses and the word society and thought, no, I have too much Gossip Girl in my life as it is. And then I finally looked closer and I freaking loved that book like few others I read last year. When I found out Uncommon Criminals was coming? I did a happy dance of happy happiness. That happy dance was repeated when, in the throes of misery about not finding Demon’s Surrende ...more
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The stakes are high in Uncommon Criminals as Kat is on assignment to steal the Cleopatra Emerald. This isn’t any ordinary gem. The Cleopatra Emerald is believed to be cursed and awful things happen to anyone who holds it for too long. What shocking discoveries will be uncovered? Who can be trusted? Let the mayhem begin!

This plot is phenomenal. Really, there is no other way to say it. Ally Carter builds suspense, twists the plot inside out, and works the details like a brilliant tapestry. I would
In the first book in this series, Heist Society, Kat and her crew robbed a major museum so that they could return a piece of art to its original owners. It’s no surprise when she gets approached to pull another big job. This time someone wants her to steal the Cleopatra Emerald and return it to its rightful owner. The biggest problem is not tight security, but that the Emerald is cursed. [return][return]I really enjoyed Heist Society, but I was disappointed in this sequel. It was a little too co ...more
I love Ally Carter's writing, she manages to pull me right in to the story with every book of her's I read! I felt like part of Kat's crew reading this book, and could not put Uncommon Criminals down! I love Kat and Hale's relationship, and was so hyped she'd finally kissed him! Though, I must admit I'd have liked to see a little more development in their relationship throughout the book... But there is truly no way I could hold that against Carter, because the plot of this was just as fast pace ...more
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Kat and Hale living together? 9 110 Jan 18, 2015 12:55AM  
is there a third book? 10 78 Jul 31, 2013 11:58AM  
~Young Adult Enth...: Book 2: Uncommon Criminals 1 5 Jul 30, 2013 11:13PM  
where is the emerald now? 3 31 Mar 18, 2013 05:17PM  
Gabrielle and Simon? 21 95 Mar 02, 2013 12:12PM  
Kat & Hale. ..? 78 290 Dec 30, 2012 12:08PM  
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Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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