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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter


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.

About the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls series, including I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; and Only the Good Spy Young. She lives in Oklahoma, where she’s busy masterminding her next big heist. Visit Ally online at 


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423147952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423147954


Kat Bishop isn't really a thief, although it certainly looks like that after her debut in Heist Society.  This story resumes the tale of Kat and Hale with even more action and adventure.  The triangle between her, Nick and Hale works so effortlessly that the sparks created really move everything in the plot forward and is not forced at all.  Nick is a good boy overall, but he has a bad streak.  Hale is ever charming and you know he just can't be right for Kat, but she still has a thing for him or was that Nick?  Yes, dilemmas, although I think Nick and Hale care more for her than she does for them.

So Kat has decided to redeem herself by using her time on the road to return the Cleopatra Emerald to it's rightful owner.  There is a curse on the emerald and everything Kat has ever done or conned in the past just won't work this time.  She has to rethink her plans to make it work and boy, does this twisty plot work.  The conclusion is well worth the price of the book!  This book is for anyone who enjoys a light mystery and is appropriate for those over 11 years old.  I just thought this is wonderful!  




  1. Great review! I enjoyed the first book (though not as much as the Gallagher Girls series) and this one has the added angle of the Cleopatra Emerald. I am fascinated by Egyptian history and Cleopatra. I am glad you loved Uncommon Criminals. I can't wait to read it for myself. Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. I LOVED the Gallagher Girls and this series is just as good!
    Thank you!

  3. Thanks! I really enjoyed Heist Society and all the Gallagher Girls novels too.


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