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.~First Line: "No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Calgan School.""
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.
~Last Line: "And yet, she knew she could be."
Review: This novel was marvelous! I have been writing to read it for a while, but my recent motivation was when a fellow blogger (Destiny @ Green Lillipads) asked me to BuddyRead with it. I read it in 2 days, give or take.
The main character, Katarina Bishop, belongs to a family whose profession is thievery; not a very good one to fall into, but hey: You do whatcha gotta do, right?
Anyway, Katarina's good friend Hale was definitely my favorite character. The first thing that interested me about him? His name: W.W. Hale the fifth. Katarina has known him for years and still never succeeded in correctly guessing his name.
Hale's also caring, smart in his own way, and apparently super-handsome. Even if Kat doesn't want to admit it, she has absolutely no idea whatsoever what she would do without Hale :). That's what we call good 'ole romance.
This really was a good book. I am glad that the sequel, Uncommon Criminals, is coming out later this year. Can't remember exactly, but I think it comes out in August. Lookin' forward to its release!
**Click HERE to read Destiny's review of this novel!!**