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Release Date: February 9, 2010
eBook: 337 pages
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Read it in: 5 days
Challenge: TBR Pile, ABC Reading
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.I first started this book back towards the end of 2010, but I never got to finish it before I had to give it back to the library. I'm so glad I snagged this from the eBook catalog from my library. It was an enjoyable read!
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
This is a very unique contemporary book! The main protagonist, Kat, is born into a family of thieves basically! They pull heists and steal from museums, art galleries, rich people, and other things! Some even pickpocket! It's crazy! But so interesting!
Kat was an interesting character. She's fifteen, but she acts a lot older. She's really mature, but there are times you can tell she is really just a teenage girl. She is so smart, too. She learns her father is in trouble with a rich bad guy, someone stole a collection of his paintings and the guy thinks its her dad! She hasn't seen her dad in a while after pulling a good heist herself and getting into boarding school, but she runs to his aide whenever she knows he's in trouble and gets a group together herself to pull a tricky heist!
All the other characters were really interesting as well, and really funny. One of my top favorite characters, besides Kat, was Hale. I loved them two together, they were always bickering and he's just so calm and collected and such a smart ass! LOVED it. I can't really tell you a character I didn't like, even the rich bad guy was interesting.
You're all over the place in this book as well! Paris and London and other places that I can't think of right now. Ha!
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to read the sequel. The writing in this book flowed well and had be flying through the pages. Yes, it may not be believable really for a bunch of teenagers to rob a museum, but that's the good thing about FICTION sometimes, right? Sometimes you've got to kick back and just enjoy the ride. And that's exactly what I did. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good enjoyable adventurous read. =) This is my first Ally Carter book, I think I will definitely have to try out her Gallagher Girls books now. I wasn't sure before, but I have to see what they are about after reading this!
The second book in this series is called Uncommon Criminals. It was released on June 21, 2011.