Quick Take: Kat and her heist society are back and are going after the cursed Cleopatra Emerald. The appropriate cons and hijinks ensue.
Is the Sequel Better: I preferred Heist Society, which I gave an A-
My Thoughts: It’s been a few months since the events of Heist Society, and Kat is now working as a sort of Robin Hood con artist, stealing items and returning them to their rightful owners. She’s out on her own—her crew and family are in Paraguay (or Uruguay). Because of her new motives, she agrees to steal back the Cleopatra Emerald, a jewel that’s been cursed since Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s suicide with the help of her best friend/love interest, Hale, and her cousin Gabrielle.
The rest of her crew didn’t come into the plot soon enough for me, which is why I preferred Heist Society. I still really enjoy Kat and her adventures, and having finished A Jane Austen Education prior to this, I found parallels—namely the importance of making mistakes and learning from them, and the idea of community and your group of friends being your family—that I enjoyed. Like Buffy, Kat is better and stronger when she has her friends around her. Hopefully Ally Carter will keep that in mind and future adventures will feature the entire team throughout the story.