Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Series: Heist Society
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.
I've been wanting to read this book since it hit the shelves in 2010. Thankfully, because of Ruby's giveaway at Ruby Reads, I not only get the chance to read it, but I actually get to own a copy!
Katarina Bishop is a determined 15 year old, so determined that she leaves the family business to attend a private school. When something happens and she is forced to leave school, she gets pulled back into the family ways.
Think of Oceans Eleven meets The Breakfast Club. The writer pulled me right into the story and made me feel like I knew what it would be like to be a thief. Fun, fast-paced and dangerous.
Kat and Hale have a wonderful chemestry between them. It's refreshing. They aren't just thrown together for the sake of the book. There are genuine feelings between them that have developed through their whole union as friends and partners. It's a delightful change from your everyday teen romance. But at the same time, you want to push them together to rid them of the ever so present tension.
This is a great first book to what I hope will be a great series. I can't wait to read Uncommon Criminals, the sequel to this book.