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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leav ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Kat Kennedy
Dec 04, 2013 Kat Kennedy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers. The real kind - the ones with pimples
My husband once told me a story about a neighbour he had before his family moved to our city. His very friendly, community conscious neighbour had a mower stollen one night by a couple of drunken goons. His parents gave him their sympathy and inquired as to why he didn't call the police. He replied that he didn't need to.

Whoever this man really was and whatever he really did, I won't expound on. It's enough to say that two days later his mower was returned to his yard. Cleaned. With a free case
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Lyndsey
Also posted on STRANGEMORE.COM.


Who is in the Heist Society?

* One of them is a mini Sydney-Bristow-in-training, whose family has been falsely accused, and she's armed with a big attitude and huge problems.

* Then there is the handsome and debonair millionaire thief who compares dancing to navigating through a laser grid.

* There is also the beauty who is literally electrifying in high heels and a skirt. At least, when she gets too close to priceless works of art.

* Two of them are the ones who'
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Heather
Jul 16, 2011 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to people who liked the movie Ocean's Eleven or just looking for something new
I love it when you get excited when seeing a book you never heard of before, and then while reading, it turns out to be fantastic, instead of the opposite. I am now a huge fan of Ally Carter's. I have her other series (the Gallagher Girls), but I just haven't had the time to read them yet...what, with so many other books to read, but not now. I wont wait to read them.

I can see this series becoming my new YA favorite.

I loved the characters and the twist and turns in the plot-line. It wasn't pred
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Krystle
May 28, 2011 Krystle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
Okay, the only reason I wanted to read this book was because I took a course called “Art in Popular Literature” and it was an awesome class that really sparked my interest in art. Perhaps that wasn’t the right perspective to view this book from because the complete absence and respect paid to the true real works of art in this book left me absolutely pissed.

First of all, for the majority of the book I was so confused. All the amounts of names for characters we had to keep track of and backstory
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Bry
Definitely 5 stars! Put it this way, I got this on audiobook from the library, finished it today in the car on the way to work, and stopped at the book store on the way home from work to buy a copy to keep. What a great premise! A bunch of preteens pulling off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist all in the name of saving family.

Katerina Bishop (such a fantastic name) is the daughter of Bobby Bishop - one of the world's greatest thief's - and she is well on her way to being the same. She pulled her first
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I love tales about thieves and con artists, book series like The Curse Workers and movies like Ocean’s Eleven. I love it when seemingly random events come together neatly and cleverly in the end. Therefore, I loved Heist Society. It is admittedly not as clever as White Cat, for example, but I had a hard time putting it down and that’s a big deal these days.

Fifteen-year-old Katarina Bishop is a very experienced con artist. She may be ridiculously young, but in her line of work, she’s one of the b
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PurplyCookie
After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school.

She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, wh
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Chamonix
WHY? I don't understand all these stellar reviews. It's mind boggling because truly this book was nothing spectacular. It was clever, sure. I like the idea of it more than I like the book per se.

The main character is a ninny. All she ever does is float around worrying, trying to reassure me that although she has/had amazing ninja stealing skills, she doesn't approve of them. GET OUT OF THE WAY PRISCILLA, I'LL TAKE YOUR PLACE. GUN-FRICKING-HO. Not to mention she was flat. Like, tasteless kind of
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Rachel Lightwood


Heist Society was one of the most confusing books I have ever read and by that I don't necessarily mean the plotline was befuddling - though it was not exactly easy to follow - I mean that my feelings towards the characters and the book in general was different for every chapter which left me awfully confused for most of the book. One point I was loving it, next I was confused, then I a little bored only to be shocked by an intense scene bursting with suspense, intrigue and mysteriousness.



The id
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Nic
Rating: 4.5 stars

Favourite Quote: "It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth."

Heist Society is a brilliant read! It was fun and fast paced and I loved every minute of it.

Kat is a 15 year old retired thief or was until she was forced to get back in the family business in order to save her Dad. Her father has been set up, accused of stealing paintings from a mobster type of guy that lead to some very dangerous co
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~Tina~
Katarina Bishop has pulled off one of the biggest cons of her life, stealing an education to one of the best schools in the world, only to be framed, expelled, and thrown back into her old life of lies and thievery.
Five famous pieces of art work as been stolen by someone who's not to be messed with and Kat's father as been blamed. Now Kat and her band of thieves has two weeks to steal it back.

Heist Society is a surge of excitement and an absolute thrilling blast!
I have to hand it to Ally Carter,
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Erin
Three stars in the best way possible. :)

This is the story of Katarina Bishop. She is a teenager, a boarding school reject, and an unambiguously moralistic thief. Kat and her posse of fellow teen thieves are on a mission to clear her dad's name of a dangerous crime before the dude he supposedly ripped off (who has the coolest name ever, Arturo Taccone) uses her father as an example of what happens when Mr. Taccone is crossed. Intrigue!

Honestly, the beginning chapters did not grab me. At all. I th
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Sesana
3.5 stars, rounded up to four.

Heist Society is essentially a teen heist novel. Realistic? Maybe not. Hale sure isn't. Fun? Yes, it's definitely that. Good enough to keep going with the series? Well, maybe not.

There are definitely things to like here. The characters, especially Kat, reasonably act and sound like teens who grew up surrounded by organized, career criminals. For the most part, I found their actions and reactions believable, and they were mostly likeable without being dull and overly
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Melissa
As a fan of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, I was surprised to find out that she was coming out with another series. However, surprise quickly turned into anticipation after I read the summary of Heist Society, especially since it was about thieves.

Heist Society was a great, quick read. The plot was suspenseful, full of twists and turns; the characters were unique and interesting; and the writing was quite dramatic at times, making certain scenes have more of an impact to the story.

I reall
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Jasprit
(4.5 stars)

Katarina Bishop was a thief, she was one of the best thieves in her family that is until she decided to give it all up, turn her back on her family and join the elite Colgan school. But after three months she’s kicked out of the school for something she didn’t do. She’s then forced to return to her family and friends to clear her dad’s name, he’s been accused of stealing a private collection of paintings belonging to the dangerous Arturo Taccone, he gives her an ultimatum, she has two
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Nomes
Jul 25, 2010 Nomes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
3 and a half :)


Heist Society is like reading Ocean's Eleven but with a rag tag bunch of teens (including best friend hottie, glamour girl and geektastastic nerds). It's actually already been optioned for a film and I can see why.

Not only is the plot intricate with a glamorous setting, but the writing is really a cut above. I loved the sophisticated tone and intelligent humour that amused me from the first chapter. Even with teenage protags, it doesn't necessarily have a YA feel about it. It's in
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Kat used to lead a life of danger before she pulled her biggest con ever and walked away from a life of thievery to attend boarding school. Her enrollment lasts a few months before her old life comes crashing in on her and her plans.

She's framed for a prank she didn't commit, but that will nonetheless result in her expulsion from school. Quickly she realizes this dismissal is the work of an old family friend. He's here to tell her that her master t
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Katie
I haven't read an Ally Carter book in a while so I forgot how much I love them. This one is no exception. I am pretty stingy with perfect ratings but Heist Society deserves it!

Katarina Bishop has given up the family business, or so she thinks. When an old friend shows up with a message she is plunged right back in. How can she turn away when it's her father's life on the line? She can't, so with the help of her teenaged crew she plans the biggest robbery of her career. Will she succeed or will s
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Tina
Jan 25, 2013 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tina by: Maria
Shelves: gifts, contemporary, ya, 2013
Original post from One More Page

I never realized that I really liked con stories until I am already right in the middle of reading or watching them. Case in point: I wasn't sure if I would enjoy watching Fast & the Furious 5 when my friend invited me to watch it with her, until I saw the big job they were attempting to pull in the movie and I enjoyed the entire thing immensely. Con stories are so smart and cunning...and now that makes me wonder why I've only watched only one Oceans movie? :o
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Sara Grochowski
HEIST SOCIETY is absolutely amazing! When I heard that the amazing Ally Carter was writing a new book that wasn’t a Gallagher Girls book, I was intrigued. After reading the premise I was unbelievably excited. Ally Carter continues to write books that rock my socks off. For readers who love the GG books, HEIST SOCIETY is a must read and won’t disappoint. For those of you who haven’t read an Ally Carter book, for goodness sake, what are you doing!? Go out and pick one up now!

First off, I have to s
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Kate
I'll be honest, what first drew me to this book was the cover. I spotted it on a blog I was browsing and clicked over to Goodreads to learn more. I quickly learned it was teen fiction with an engaging plot straight out of Ocean's Eleven or The Italian Job. Those are two movies that I absolutely love, by the way. I minored in Art History as an undergrad so I'm instantly attracted to any type of book related to art, especially if it has to do with crime.

The book starts out with Kat getting expell
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Jennifer Estep
Heist Society by Ally Carter is the first book in her Heist Society young adult series about a group of teenage thieves.

Katarina Bishop thinks that she's left her family's life of crime behind by attending a posh boarding school. But when Kat's dad is falsely accused of stealing several valuable paintings, it's up to Kat to track them down and return them to their owner -- a very bad guy who plans to kill her dad if Kat doesn't deliver. Soon, Kat and her cute friend Hale are rounding up all thei
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Noël DeVries
Heist Society sells itself--hops off the shelf and into the patron's hands. Girls take one look at the words "Ally Carter" and "heist" and beeline for the front desk. Or, depending on their taste, it's the sunglasses and "society" that do it. Either way, librarians, don't bother getting up. They'll come to you.

I haven't met a lot of readers who are as apathetic toward the Gallagher Girls as I am. I like the books okay, but Carter raises more questions than she answers about her heroine, leaving
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Lisa
I appear to be in the minority here but I couldn't get into this book at all. I was so bored reading it. I'm guessing it's because there are some things I'd rather watch as a t.v show or a movie. That tends to involve fantasy and things with a lot of action. And I guess that I'd rather watch a movie about thieves than read a book about it. It doesn't translate for me.

However, a quick glance at the ratings for this book shows that about 80 percent of people gave this three stars and up, which is
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Flannery
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Tremendously wealthy/cute boy-man with mysteriously absent parents but neverending supplies of money and houses worldwide + A girl thief from a family of thieves and several of her quirky extended family members (related and non-blood related but still with skills that might be useful in "the business") + a mixture of The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven plots - the hotness of Clooney/Damon/Pitt/Wahlberg/Mos Def/Statham + an evil villain and a museum heist + fun = this book

3.5 star
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Jessica
Really fun, like an Ocean's 11 for the teen set. Katarina Bishop is the latest in a long line of professional thieves, and the first to want out of the business. But can she get out?

I loved the names of the cons they considered, and the characters were delightful.

"What about a Princess Bride?"

"Where are we gonna find a six-fingered man on such short notice?"

Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Loved it! Hilarious, intriguing and realistically well-woven!

The world of thieves is a real buzz - especially when the characters in question are essentially a team of mischievous, energetic, IQ-blows-all-standarts teens; a group of young adults who are not just ready to face the world, but have grown up facing it, and so have developed a sense of disillusionment, some sarcastic tendencies, a love for danger and excitement, along with ties of friendship that turn them more into a self-sufficient
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Anne Nikoline
I know know if it's just me getting old and pessimistic about everything, but I didn't really like Heist Society by Ally Carter. It might be because I disliked the Danish translation or because I'm simply too old to care for young adults reading about young adults with a twisted life.

In my opinion it would have been a whole lot better if the novel was told by a first person narrator, and what would have been even better was if Kat was in her twenties (I really must be too old for this kind of b
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Kristy
I know this is supposed to appeal to the older-little bit more grown up audience than I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Series, but I'll take Gallager Girls over this any day. I am mind blown at how many great reviews this book recieved???!!?!?!? I just don't get it.

even though it was so fast paced, I still managed to be bored. I hate books like this; how everything works out so la ti da perfect, even though there is no way it really should have. That formula gets old. So w
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Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going...and going...and going...until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.

Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She'd tell you more, but...well...you know..
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