When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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’s art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Why I read this Book:
So this booked popped on my radar, and I was look, cool, cute, click, add to goodreads, forget about it. And then I was at Chapters and during that clandestine sale it was of course on sale. So I walked past, picked it up, put it down, picked it up, put it down, bought it. Or something like that.
And then on a day where I should have been going other things but was avoiding those said other things I picked it up. And couldn’t stop. And kept reading until I reached the end.
This book has a lot to love about it. And a lot that I forgot that I love. For example, I love a good Heist movie. Oceans Eleven, hello, count me in. But I forgot and then I picked up this book, and then I was completely reminded. Because not only do I love the edge of your seat, are they going to pull it off; I also adore the stupidity of the people on the other side who are being heisted. Their ignorance that nothing could be stolen out from under their nose.
And what was even more brilliant was that this book was a like a giant inside joke for all of us who adore heist movies. It was the so the person didn’t notice this, because of this moments. Their was an entire chapter like this. At Add Astra I went to a panel on Humor, and they explained something called the drop, and it clicked that the reason I adored this book so much was for that comedic drop. I kept trying to find out why I loved the humor of this so much, and now I know.
This book is strangely heartwarming, due to the character motivations. And I really liked that. It wasn’t just a heist for the sake of a heist, the reasoning made sense. Oh and the back story. I loved how it was casually procured when needed, but not dumpy at all.
Anyways, if you like a good fun sassy book, with a heist and a quirky but loving family, this is your book. This book had great balance, while still remaining light and super enjoyable.
P.S. don’t you totally love that cover and the reflection in her sunglasses?