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Heist Society by Ally Carter
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May 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, romance, travel
Read in May, 2010

Except for two glaring mistakes, this book was tightly written and edited. I enjoyed the fast pace, the unpredictable plot turns, fairly developed characters, and the clear writing. Carter did not fall into the annoying habit that she had with the "Spy Girl" novels of reminding the reader too often that they were "the best." In fact, she corrected that nicely by having the characters make plain that they were not the best. This made the main characters' unbelievable skills believable. The protagonists were also humanized and their extreme talents made to look fairly believable by the interesting twist at the climax. Read it to find out.

As for the glaring mistakes, they are quite minor, and are probably only glaring to a select few who read the book. First, one of the paintings in the book, which the author's note claims is fictional, is referred to on page 116 as "a Rembrandt of the prodigal son," and the story is told that this has been missing since WWII. However, in 1999, in St. Petersburg, Russia, I saw Rembrandt's Prodigal Son in the Hermitage. This mistake is only compounded by the reference on page 253 to the same painting as "Rafael's Prodigal Son." The second mistake is linguistic, in that "Pseudonima" is not Russian, nor is it in the correct case for Chelovek. Both of these mistakes could have been avoided with a little more astute research or editing, but can be easily ignored for a very enjoyable read.
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