Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir-this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.
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Oh, so many characters, I cannot really break them all down. The most important are:
Katarina Bishop, international thief, the leader of a pack of teenage thieves/con artists whose mission, of late, has become to steal for people rather than from people. In other words, they’re not just doing it for the fame and the adrenaline and the money. She’s a modern day female Robin Hood? Let’s not go too far, here.
W. W. Hale, V is Kat’s boyfriend and the progeny of a very rich family that own/operate Hale Industries, an important and highly respected American company. When Hazel, the matriarch of their family and the only family that Hale loves and trusts, dies and leaves the company to him, he’s elated to have confirmation that she felt the same way about him.
When Marcus, Hale’s chauffeur/valet and long-time Hale family employee, asks Kat to look into the possibility that Hazel’s will could be fake, Kat has a dilemma. Marcus’ sister, Marianne, was promised by Hazel to be taken care when Hazel passes. When Marianne is completely cut out, Marcus brings in Kat’s unique skill set to find the real will. Kat doesn’t want to bring this to Hale because she doesn’t break his heart if it’s true that he isn’t the real heir. Kat and her merry group of thieves then have to find the real will, but someone gets in her way and suddenly, they’re not just talking about a will. There’s a lot more at stake, including Kat’s relationship with Hale.
Geez, it’s been a while since I read Uncommon Criminals and I couldn’t remember Kat and Hale getting together. But they’re very definitely boy- and girlfriend. I loved their relationship. They were sweet and loving but still very much best friends. Hale’s relationship with his family has always kind of broke my heart, but we get to meet them in this book and I have to say, he is definitely better off with Kat’s family. Because their relationship becomes strained due to Hale’s new responsibilities, Kat seems unmoored when Hale is suddenly not there as much as before and distant emotionally as well as physically. She wants Hale back into the fold with her and the family, where he most definitely was loved and appreciated, but she felt that she was losing him.
Like with all the Heist Society novels, there were a lot of twists and turns. Just when you think one thing is gonna happen, someone or something comes along and foils everything. I love watching the crew pulling off jobs, or not pulling them off. The best parts of the series are when they’re all together working and more often than not they have to scramble to fix whatever’s gone wrong.
Kat is one of my favorite heroines in contemporary YA today. She’s always smart, mature, and a true leader. She’s always growing. She’s never over emotional or teenager-y. Kat wanted to fix whatever needed to be fixed for Hale so that he could be back with her, but her morality also wanted to get the truth out. That’s another reason why I love Kat so much. She’s a thief with a moral compass. If you’re a fan of the series, it’s more goodness and fun and hijinks. If you’re not, you should totally get on this train because it’s where all the fun is. I just wish I would have remembered the relationship-type stuff from the previous book.