Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter from the Figment Reviewby Kat Alexander

This book will be released on June 21.

Ever since Katrina Bishop re-entered the crime scene with the Henley job, she’s been a notably uncommon criminal. Stealing art from around the world and returning it to its rightful owner, that’s Kat. Small rewards, big risks. But it’s all for the greater good, right? Well, the rush is nice, too.

Kat’s made a reputation for herself and her crew as the best in the world. Which is why it’s less than surprising when she’s approached with a new job–steal the Cleopatra Emerald and return it to the woman whose parents found it half a century ago. Ordinary jewel heist—except for the fact that the gem hasn’t been seen in thirty years. And Kat’s uncle, the head of the family, has forbade anyone from attempting to steal it. Oh, and it’s been cursed for the past couple millennia. So, maybe it’ll be a bit of a tricky one.

I loved reading this book. There’s something about Ally Carter novels that always keeps me flipping pages, even at two AM when I’ve got a final at eight the next morning. I never fail to finish an Ally Carter book within forty-eight hours of acquiring it. It’s the action and the planning that keeps me up at all hours, too. While I’ve been irked by the romance : everything else ratio in some of her other books, Uncommon Criminals has a main character focused on the job–yes, there’s a hot guy on the crew, but Kat very well keeps from yammering internally about him while she’s doing something like, say, stealing a painting worth a very large fortune. Nothing irritates me more than a protagonist who can’t seem to think about anything but the romantic supposed-sub-plot, but Uncommon Criminals is very well balanced. Kat’s in love with the thrill more than she is the guy, and I like that.

The crime itself is great, too. Meticulously planned, (nearly) perfectly executed. Things go wrong. Twists come into play, as well as a few turns. Things work out–sort of, kind of, mostly always. There is a big drawing-room reveal.

Basically, it’s a fun read. No big, grand Idea with a capital ‘I’ presented to think about for hours on end afterwards, and I don’t really have any desire to read it again (though I’ll probably check out the next one from the library). Uncommon Criminals is entertaining and fun—a well executed, enjoyable novel. Not exactly romantic fluff, but there’s nothing terribly groundbreaking about it, either. Recommended for a quick summer read.


Kat Alexander is a Figment Reviewer who (clearly) loves to read and comment. She’s active on a number of sites including NaNo, Fiction Press, and FanFiction under aneko24.

2 thoughts on “Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

  1. This was a really good review. Those are my exact same feelings on Ally’s book: they aren’t entirely deep but they are well crafted and I blow through them in a day or two. I loved the first one (I read the whole thing on a six hour plane ride) and I can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

  2. YES! I love Ally Carter books when I just want to read a book in 24 hours and have fun with it. And I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book to come out. Great review!

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