Katarina has escaped her childhood of growing up in a family of thieves until Hale shows up to pull her back into that world. Her friend and partner in crime (literally) informs her that a major player in the mob scene has had his art collection stolen, and Kat’s dad is suspected of stealing it. With only two weeks to pull it off, Kat needs to jump back into the mindset of a thief and clear her dad’s name before the mobster takes matter into his own hands by locating, and stealing, the art back.
I had picked this book up so many years ago, before I had heard all the hype and love for it. I now understand why so many people adore this series. Heist Society was a fun, fast-paced, fairly quick read that kept me turning the pages to find out what happens next. At under 300 pages (which is considered short nowadays with many YA novels), it feels even shorter because of how quick the action takes place. I felt like I was watching it unfold in a movie like Ocean’s Eleven.
The novel takes Kat, Hale and their teenage posse of criminals all over the world in an attempt to retrieve stolen goods. It’s certainly an entertaining read and you’ll definitely have to suspend your disbelief at some of the details (like the age of this band of thieves or the actual amount of time it would take to jet-set to all those places in the given span of 2 weeks). I also keep referring to this book as a fun, light read and while it is action packed in some foreign locales, it does place Kat in some serious situations. I’m not sure if it’s the intent to keep it on the lighter side or if the writing didn’t come across strong enough about that for me because while there were some nail-biting dire moments, I never truly felt worried or scared for the characters – like, the sense of urgency was there but not necessarily the sense of danger. All that being said, none of it hindered my enjoyment of the book whatsoever. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books in the series to see where Kat & Hale’s next thieving adventures will take them.