When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip 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 has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. 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 history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Katarina, gives off an ‘I don’t care’ type of vibe. She’s cool and quiet but don’t be fooled, she’s also clever and observant. Katarina can be sassy and sarcastic at times and if she’s really pushed she has a scary temper. Even though Katarina left her family to live a normal care free life away from stealing and crime, she still cares about her family and will do anything to protect them. I liked Katarina, she put her family above all and I found her care free but also sarcastic and feisty personality really charming.
Hale, was different from what I expected him to be like. He was playful and funny but there were also times where he was serious. He comes from a filthy rich family that isn’t around and because his family isn’t around as much you see why he tries so hard to be excepted by Katarina’s. Even though he’s confident and charismatic he later starts to feel insecure about his relationship with Katarina, he becomes jealous of Nick and worries that he’s replacing him with Kat. I liked Hale but I wished he was in the book more towards the end.
Nick, isn’t brought into the book until later on but once he is he leaves a big impact on the storyline. Kat meets him while he was pick pocketing her on the streets. They talk and Katarina ask if he wants to join their heist, which is a very normal conversation topic apparently. Nick can be flirty and sometimes arrogant but overall, he’s a nice guy who has a secret.
The plot is focused on Katarina trying to clear her father’s name from the dangerous thief, Arturo Taccone. The book starts off with Katarina being kicked out of her boarding school. She returns home and finds out her father is a suspect for a robbery he didn’t commit. She deals with her family’s hostility of her returning home and dealing with the life she left behind. Katarina spent the book trying to steal some paintings that Arturo accused her father of stealing. I liked the plot how the plot revolved around the deadline Katarina has to steal the painting. It was interesting but I feel like in the most exciting parts it felt a little slow.
One thing I didn’t suspect was that there to be a love triangle between Katarina, Hale and Nick. So, in the first chapter its immediately clear that Katarina and Hale of a history. Hale makes some flirty remarks throughout the book and they have some sweet scenes but that’s it. With Nick it’s a little different. He was a little more forward about how he felt while it just obvious that Hale liked Katarina. I liked how in this book it wasn’t mainly focused on the relationships. You could obviously tell that there was chemistry but it didn’t go any farther than that.
Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I liked the characters especially Katarina’s heist group, I wish they were in the book more and that there were more detail on them. The plot was entertaining most of the time but towards the end it began to feel a little slow. There were some parts that felt a little strange. The book followed Katarina but there were some parts where it followed some else randomly. In the end this book was ok but ok isn’t enough to win the rose so sadly this book is the first to be kicked off. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.