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Criminels d'exception (Heist Society #2)

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Une famille :
Les Bishop, experts dans l'art du vol depuis quatre générations.

Une professionnelle :
Katarina Bishop, quinze ans, auteur du casse dans le musée le mieux sécurisé au monde, capable de doubler la famille de voleurs la plus rusée de la planète.

Des alliés :
Des amis qui n'ont peur de rien et un amoureux secret prêt à tout pour lui venir en aide.

Une mission :
Broché, 365 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Michel Lafon (first published June 21st 2011)
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This was my very first audio book!
I'd never found a reason to listen to a book (rather than read it), because it just takes so much longer to finish. Also, I noticed that most people who love audio books tend to have a commute, and I'm never in a car (without kids) long enough to listen to anything.
So, no reason for audio books.
I started exercising...because flab happens.
And for a while, it was fun with Richard.


Eventually, however, I moved on to an aerobic walking video. Because I'm cool li
Jan 17, 2011 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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,
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
Jun 20, 2011 Nonie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
C.B. Cook
HOLY COW. I didn't know it was possible for me to like a book more than Heist Society... and then BAM. Book #2... was crazy good. Those were some awesome plot twists, and to be honest, I think this was even better than the first book... if that's possible. I'm going to start making a list of the names Kat guesses for Hale's first name... Basically, LOVED IT!!!!

Update: After reading this and the first book, I now have an official list of the names Kat has guessed for Hale, along with whether he d
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
Jun 11, 2015 Daiane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Love is the biggest con of all”

This sequel is really better. I could totally picture the world and loved Carte's way of making the characters look like good badass people. They are thieves who have no unbelievable tech, guns or really dangerous people behind them and still made the book enjoyable. I liked how they were conning and robbing in a classic and elegant way and still were the good guy. And how sly they were.

The writing was really easy and pleasant but the romance...

“Kat felt her hear
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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Listen to my Heist Society fanmix in 8tracks and see the tracklist here.

Not as good as the first one, but that was still an enjoyable read.
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Hmmmm. I didn't love this one as much as I loved Heist Society. Maybe because there wasn't much plot in my opinion? Until the crew arrives in Monte Carlo there are a few key scenes but most of the time is spent on Kat thinking she has it all cover all by herself and totally secluding her crew + not listening to anyone when they try to give her advice. Of course, she learns and grows throughout the novel, but I really struggled with being 100% supportive of Kat during the whole book.

My favorite
Rachel Lightwood
2.5 stars

I wish I had more to say about this book. This is my third Ally Carter book (I've read Heist Society and I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You) and so far I've found all her books kind of meh. But with the promise of teen art thieves, heists, cons, action, espionage, cursed jewels, ancient Egypt and Hale, I couldn't resist trying again.

But I almost wish I hadn't bother.

This book was just dull. None of the characters developed in the slightest since we last met them, a
Dec 13, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series so much! The crew is great! Need to read part 3 ASAP!!!
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
Feb 26, 2011 Kiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kirsty-Marie Jones
More 4.5, but that was sly and HALE.
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

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Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this sequel more than the first book. It was entertaining, fun and full of action. It’s full of suspense and twists and turns that I did not see coming at all. Thankfully, there’s more background information on the character’s and their family’s lives of thieving. This book focuses a lot on family and friendship but it has more of a romance as well.

Maiven Lee
Feb 15, 2011 Maiven Lee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 20, 2016 Hanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
actually i'd give it 4 stars but i just love these characters so damn much i gotta go with the 5 stars
Nitzan Schwarz


So, if you read my review of Heist Societyyou probably didn't expect me to pick up book two. I didn't think I'd do that, either. But then, while looking through my local bookstore, I found a hardcover copy of Uncommon Criminals and I just... thought it was so damned pretty#Shallow

I was hoping Uncommon Criminals might actually live to the potential of the awesome idea behind these books, but while it was a better read than the first, it was by no
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
I just love this series! I have been wanting to get back to this series and I finally have. I am not really into the love with the Hale/Kat love angst thing going on but I did enjoy the heist and the cons. It made it for a fast and enjoyable read. I did not see the ending coming and it was hilarious and genius. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.
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
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 5/9/916: Ocean's 11 meets Leverage in Ally Carter's Heist Society series!
I finally continued this series after almost four years (even though I loved the first book!) and it was just the book I needed at the moment. I love the heists, the family, the friendship, and I keep cracking up over the job names. Ally Carter's wit and humor is a perfect balance with the seriousness of the heist and solidarity of family. It wasn't a knock out for me but I just love these books.

Oct 27, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Rating: 2.5/5
***Minor spoilers***

Since the Henley heist, Kat Bishop has been making recovery missions around the world, returning stolen art to their rightful owners by stealing them herself. While doing this, she hasn't really communicated with the rest of her family or Hale and they've been feeling left out and they're worried for her. One day a woman contacts Kat and says she was contacted by Vicily Romani to have Kat recover the Cleopatra emerald, and that the woman's parents were the ones w
Sarah Snyder
Jun 08, 2011 Sarah Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Again, a simple, fun read for when you're looking for something light. Kat takes an interesting turn in this book, where she's become quite cocky and overly-confident after the successful Henley heist in the first book. She's pulled off missions no one else has been able to at her age, which has left her feeling a bit drunk on that power and a little distant from the rest of her crew. It's also caused tension between Kat and Hale, where they're con
Nov 11, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Thriller
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no
Cliff Hanger: no
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
Lots of plots going on!
Worst Part: a bit slow for awhile
Thoughts Had: bored; oh yah!; didn't see that coming!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: I don't want to spoil what happens, but i'm kinda glad it wen the way i
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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, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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“I for one like chaos. Chaos looks good on me.” 356 likes
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