GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.
Theme: Family complications and the moral issue of what is right or wrong is played throughout the first book of the series. Loyalty and trust is a major role in this novel. To get a job done, thieves must trust each other, so from family to friends, and even enemies, Kat must face problems with dealing with whom to trust; whether she likes them or not. This theme is new and fresh showing how thieves can also be the good guys.
Plot: This mysterious story deals with Kat going all around the world trying to find out who framed her father. Being forced out of boarding school and back in the family business really affects Kat and her family. As she sees how they all moved on without her. I believe everything came together pretty well from the beginning to the end. The story seemed legitimate, as if it could really happen.
Kat→ Kat is the most developed character in this book. She is an independent, tomboyish, thief who speaks her mind. I really enjoyed reading her thoughts and seeing how she put all the pieces together on trying to find out who framed her father. Her relationship with her small group of friends is interesting as they look up to her and respect her opinion.
Hale→ Hale knows a lot of information and I love how he has a butler, Marcus to take care of him and the group. His relationship with Kat is adorable as they argue like an old married couple. Even though they’re not dating, it was nice to see how they already had a close relationship, instead of watching that development grow between two people like in other books. It gave the book a different feel. He is very controlled tempered, and respects Kat’s decisions, no matter how much he disagrees with her decisions. That just goes to show how trusting your companion plays a huge part in the their type of business.
Gabrielle→ Gabrielle is basically the complete opposite of her cousin Kat. She is girly, and Kat is constantly envying how gorgeous her cousin is compared to herself.
Ally Carter does not give us a description of the characters until the end of the book which disappointed me a little. I had to make up how they appeared, and when she finally told us, I had to switch the their appearance. All the characters’ personalities were unique, and you could tell the difference between each one.
Style & Setting→ This book took place in third point of view around all the characters. I believe their could have been more description in some areas, but the best well written part of the book was the climax. I could picture everything perfectly. The snarky humor in the dialogue between a few characters were fun to read as well. And the emotional conversations between Hale and Kat are concrete. The setting takes place all around the world, but I, personally, did not get a feel of all the different countries Kat was going to—excluding New York. When Carter described the busy streets and a crowd of people, I could actually pictured it.
Interest: I wasn’t all that interested at the beginning. The first chapter was interesting, but after the end of that chapter, the storyline seemed pretty slow to me. I was a little disappointed because I really wanted to enjoy this book and feel connected to the characters. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for this type of writing style. I don’t know. But I didn’t fully get interested in the book until the climax. The only thing that kept my interest until then was the relationship between Kat and Hale.
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 2.4 out of 3
Interest: .4 out of 1
Imagery: .4 out of 1
Total: 3.7 stars
**Ally Carter has announced that there will be a movie adaptation for this series! And the cool thing is? It’s by the producers of Pitch Perfect! Nothing is set in stone yet, but they recently got a new producer and are beginning to write the script now. For more information, click on the links below.