5 stars · action · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals

Author: Ally Carter [also wrote: Only the Good Spy Young]

Pages [hardcover]: 298

Heist Society #2
Book 1: Heist Society

Memorable Quote: “I for one like chaos. Chaos looks good on me.”

Favorite Characters: Kat & Hale


Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long — and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is . . . the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale — and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


 I’ve always had a thing for thieves, and a great love of all things-books, movies, shows-centered around heists. As a result, this series is the ultimate addiction for me. I couldn’t put this book down; not only because I wanted to see how the plan would fall into place, but because there was another plot twist around every corner that kept me flipping the pages and holding my breath with anticipation.

I love how Kat is forced to deal with her own problems in this sequel. She’s been trying to do a more heroic form of stealing, taking only what was wrongfully taken from an owner in the first place. She’s been going on more and more dangerous jobs, all on her own, with no backup. While she’s a strong, independent teen who won’t listen to anyone’s advice and attempts to struggle through things on her own, she also has a group of great friends that try to give him some perspective.

Speaking of her friends, I like how each of them is characterized perfectly and given their own personality and set of flaws. They stay true to themselves, even if it nearly botches an operation or makes everyone else hate them momentarily.

I could also picture everything perfectly as it was happening, which was awesome. I could see Kat trying to work out how to get the emerald. I could see her moving through every step of the plan, trying to get everything to work perfectly.

I give Uncommon Criminals 5/5 stars. It is a great book that I will reread over and over again. I can’t wait for the next installment of this series! I just hope it will be as fantastic as the first two.

what are you reading monday

What are You Reading Monday 7-19

This week, I read:
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover-Ally Carter
Princess Ben-Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I loved Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover! The Gallagher Girls series is amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth installment!

What are you reading?

fiction · romance · young adult

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Author: Ally Carter

Pages [hardcover]: 263

Available now!

Book 3 of the ‘Gallagher Girls’ series

Opening Lines:
“We’re moving,” the man beside me spoke into the microphone in his sleeve, and I knew the words weren’t for me. The August air was hot and thick with the smell of sea salt and bus exhaust. The roads were packed for miles, and everywhere I looked I saw shades of red, white, and blue.

Memorable Quote: The only way Bex would miss this would be if she were unconscious. And tied up. And in a concrete bunker. In Siberia.

Favorite Characters: Macey and Cammie


When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth..


I love Ally Carter, and have ever since my hands landed on the first Gallagher Girl book. This third installment doesn’t disappoint. It’s action packed-these girl spies barely have time for their beauty sleep. There’s also a bit of romance, because of course the book wouldn’t be complete without it. Zach again makes an appearance in this book.

The Gallagher Girls are great. Liz, Bex, and Macey-Cammie’s best friends-are each unique and interesting, each having their own area of expertise in the spy world. I think the teenage spy thing, although not an altogether new idea [I’ve read the Alex Rider books, which are also amazing] is refreshing from all of the vampire/werewolf/etc. books out there today.

So, I loved it. I was hooked from the first few pages, and the ending! I only began to suspect what was going to happen a few pages before it actually did, and I’m still shocked. I really need to get that fourth book now…

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover gets 5/5 stars. I definitely recommend it!

Have you read any of the Gallagher Girls books? Want me to review book 1 or 2? Comment below!