Publisher: Hyperion Book
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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 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.
What I thought:
I really enjoyed this. I was on a mission to read more contemporary YA, and I've definitely hit the mark with Ally Carter. I really like the way she writes. It was slow to start, with the mystery at the beginning. When things started to pick up with trying to save her dad, I had completely forgotten the beginning and was outraged on Kat's behalf. I felt bad for her, when she wanted nothing but a normal boarding school education and it wasn't meant to be.
I loved the characters. Kat seemed to get a lot of heat over her wanting to quit the life of crime, even if it is her family business. Kat didn't have it easy. She left them all and they made sure she new it, but it didn't stop her from trying to save everyone she cares about.
Loved the story. Completely. Really? Teenage thieves running around the world trying to steal stuff just for the fun of it? I was sold! It was completely different than a lot of the other contemp ya I have read recently and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!