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Note: I'm uploading my books from Goodreads and since there are like 200+ it's going to take awhile. The uploading seems a bit wonky too, so hang with me as I fix things. Also there may be spoilers until I can make all the appropriate tags.


I'm an ex-English Major who, sick of reading classics after college, decided to read all the trashy books I didn't before because I was too snobby. Since graduating, I've entertained myself with comics, YA, and romance novels, finding out they can not only be decently written, but superbly written. I've since recovered from my classics aversion, but I'm now more open-minded reader willing to read from any genre. If a book has kick-ass heroines and/or witty banter and/or takes place in a different time or place (including fantasy settings), I will most likely fall in love with it. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Meljean Brook, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hartman, Catherynne M. Valente, and Aliette de Bodard.

Currently reading

The Blue Fairy Book
Andrew Lang
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
Jennifer Homans
Uncommon Criminals - Ally Carter 4 out of 5 StarsKat is back trying to right the wrongs of the Nazi Plunder by stealing back and returning the stolen objects to their rightful owners. However, her crusade backfires when a mysterious female uses Kat’s compassion to take the Cleopatra Emerald. Kat needs Gabrielle, Hale, Nick, and the gang to steal the infamous jewel back. Two problems: Hale isn’t talking to Kat and the emerald may be cursed…In my opinion, Uncommon Criminals is more successful than the first book, Heist Society. While the first book focused on Kat coming back to her thieving roots, in this book Kat question her abilities and who she is. I liked how Carter addressed how thieving is a very male-dominated world, adding a nice wrench into Kat’s development and how she relates to the (female) villain. Kat also learns some pretty surprising information about her family and the mysterious Uncle Eddie. The heist plot itself is more original and unique than Heist Society’s and didn’t feel as derivative. The gang shows up and it’s nice to see all the quirky characters again, especially Gabriella (though the Bagshaws are starting to grate). I like how Gabriella is as much an important part of Kat’s life as Hale, Kat’s potential love interest. So often YA ignores female friendships to focus on romance. However, I HATED Hale in this book. Gone was the funny supportive boy in the first, and instead I had moody patronizing Hale. Kat goes through some really low moments where she doubts herself and instead of encouraging and standing by her, he ignores or second-guesses her. I guess the author was going for the ‘sexy moody overprotective’ thing that everyone seems to love about Edward Cullen and Christian Grey, but it mostly fell flat (not to mention I HATE THOSE KINDS OF CHARACTERS). I missed awesome Hale. In fact, I really liked Nick, the-other-possible-love-interest-but-not-really, in this book because he encouraged Kat and believed in her.Though I did love how Carter subverted the potential love triangle on its head.Overall, I thought Uncommon Criminals was a worthy successor to Heist Society and in many ways surpasses the original. If you like awesome female characters and fun capers, the Heist Society series is a must read.