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 simply… 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, 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.
My Thoughts: I was a little nervous about Uncommon Criminals living up to its predecessor. But it turns out I had nothing to worry about, because Uncommon Criminals was as good if not better than Heist Society.
My favorite reason for liking Uncommon Criminals more than Heist Society was because the author didn’t follow the exact same format as before. Sure the main characters needed to steal something again. But it wasn’t for the same reason or the same ways as the first time, and it didn’t include a typical evil character.
There were multiple layers of problems that Kat and her crew had to solve. They had to dig deep to come up with a fresh way to plan a heist, and I had to work to keep up with their thought process. Because there were multiple times when I was thrown for a loop and didn’t have any idea when the crew was doing things on purpose, or when things “Just happened” like that. But that’s what made it exciting. As well as the impressive tricks, new destinations and awesome yachts!
At this rate, if there’s going to be another book in this series, I can’t imagine what she’s going to do to top these first two books. But if there aren’t any more books in the series, then I can’t wait for the Heist Society movie!