Listen up as Robert and Bryan steal your hearts with this review of the YA spy caper, Heist Society by Ally Carter.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Katarina Bishop thought she’d left her life of thievery behind when she scammed her way into the best boarding school in the country. When the dashing Hale gets her kicked out, she’s forced to jump back into the family business to save her father from a powerful mobster. An impossible job, a teenage crew, and a ticking clock will leave her hoping she isn’t rusty.
Heist Society is by Ally Carter.
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) Ally Carter’s readers will love this. She’s giving them what they want without any delay for exposition. Lots of fun stuff with Kat and Hale.
2. (Robert) This was a fun, sassy romp. Quite in the vein of the old Cary Grant / Ava Gardner movie style, with the exception this “crew” of thieves are teenagers! The characters are smart and well distinguished, and each chapter often has a nice cliffhanger ending that makes you want to keep reading.
3. (Robert) There are great moments of humor in the interactions between characters and the lines of repartee, that make this action story even more fun to read. No sexual content either, though there is romance, so this series starter can be read by younger readers.
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) When you know what your audience wants, you should give it to them. Carter has her true fans. She knows what they want and she’s doing it to the nines.
2. (Robert) There’s no “fat” in this book. No unnecessary backstory either (you either have to work it out for yourself, or wait for it to be explained); it’s a tightly written book by an author who knows how to take us on a great ride.
3. (Robert) The characters are very well-drawn, including the mysterious “Uncle” Eddie, yet there is sparse detail about any of them: their character shines through in what they do.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Heist Society is a fun read, and it’s entirely possible the author wrote it deliberately for a movie-style travelogue adventure! Love to see these characters and their gadgets on the big screen.
2. This is a time where you don’t need a grand, detailed setting to have a big story or themes. No magic, no dragons, no vampires, but the thrills, fun and a touch of romance are told with a solid story.
3. Each chapter starts in the thick of some action – there’s no build up in this book, it’s always moving. A smart way to capitalize on the previous chapter’s cliffhanger – more than once I thought, “I’ll just read another chapter …”, only stopping several more chapters on. A sign of a well-told story.
Prompt of the Week:
If you could escape to another life, what would it be and why?