Friday, August 10, 2012
Heist Society Book 23
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Wow! That is a long blurb. But at least it's accurate.
I loved this book. It was really cute. The thing I love most about this book is in print, I'm not sure I would have liked it. It's written in third person, which is usually an automatic turn off for me, and I think the romance is only a sub-plot. And I need romance to get through 300+ pages, but this worked. (At least, in audio format). The book was well written. There was more romance than I expected which was extra points. There were an array of characters who were all well developed, and I think the author did a good job of making me like a bunch of thieves. I don't think Kat ever had any intention of staying a thief, but I'm not sure I would have minded if she chose to stay with her family and be a thief. Sure, stealing is wrong, but family is good, right? (Although, I'm glad that wasn't the choice she made). Another thing I really loved was the word choices the author made. She used a thief's vocalb in places that had nothing to do with moving the property of another.