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Published: February 10, 2010
Series: Heist Society (1)
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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 Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and 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 remember this book being all the rage a few years ago. Despite it sitting on my shelf for years, I only recently felt compelled to read it. Katarina has left the family business of high heists and wants to make normal life. But when her father is enemy number one with Interpol and the number one suspect for robbing a notorious mobster of his prize paintings. Kat gathers her crew to steal back the paintings is accused of taking.
Kat is probably the most bland and blah character in this whole book. She doesn’t have much a personality herself, but the kids in her crew more than made up for what she lacked. I liked the cool exterior and mysteriousness of Hale and the playfulness and silliness of Hamish and his brother. I also was a fan of old and wizened Uncle Eddie.
The plot was cool and I generally liked the pacing of the novel. I thought they were cutting it close to the actual deadline. But that just proved to make the actual heist pull off more intense and interesting. Overall, I did enjoy this book, but it didn’t quite live up to all the previous hype about it.
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Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.
Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.
I considered not finishing this one but something intrigued me just enough to keep going. Though I was able to finish it, I wasn’t particularly thrilled or blown out of the water at any part of this story. The majority of it was really quite boring and I caught myself zoning out a number of times.
It got mildly interesting towards the end, but the conclusion seemed a bit predictable. Though I enjoyed the developing relationship between the two main characters, I don’t know that I was interested enough to try this author again. Beautiful cover though.
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