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.
Have I ever told you that I've always secretly wanted to be a master thief? Not really, obviously, but in my head, I'm the mastermind of hundreds of heists. These kinds of books make me consider joining the 'family business"--you know, figuratively speaking.
I really liked this book. I love the idea of a group of teenagers robbing the biggest art museum in the world....and that it was all set up by two sixteen-year-olds. I loved Kat and Hale. I wish there was more of them in the book though. Let me tell you, if you were looking for a romance, you came to the wrong book. It's all about tricks of the trade, slight of hand, get-in-get-out-and-disappear type thievery. When you're trying to pull off the biggest heist in history, it kind of limits your love life.
However, the next book in the series, Uncommon Criminals is due out June 21, 2011 (yes, that's only a few short weeks) and I have a feeling that things are going to heat up with Kat and Hale. She might even bat her eyes at him.... Only time will tell.
I have to say that this is a book you don't want to pass up. I'm so excited to read what's going to happen next that I think I'll pop on over to Amazon and preorder the next book right now! So until next time...