Genre – Young Adult
No. of pages – 287
Publishing Date – February 9th, 2010
Characters – Gabrielle, Simon, Katarina Bishop, W.W.Hale the Fifth, Arturo Taccone
Setting – New York City, New York (United States)
Las Vegas, Nevada (United States)
Sabina Valley (Italy)
London, England (United Kingdom)
Nevada (United States)
Literary Awards – The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky (2010), Goodreads choice award for young adult fiction (2010)
My Rating – 2/5
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.
Big disappointment. This book was nothing but a major disappointment for me. I picked it up from my Goodreads shelf and finally dared to complete the whole (after a previous failed attempt). The story line seemed decent enough from the synopsis so I was looking forward to a compelling burglary story but boy it let me down big time!
Why Ally Carter, why?
So without wasting time, let’s come down to goods and the bads.
Though very less, these were the things I liked about this book:
1) Story line – Despite the all the flaws, the story line was pretty decent. You will want to know how the robbery will take place, how Katarina Bishop will carry out the task at hand. Had it been executed more properly, it would have made it an absolute thriller.
2) Method of theft – After I was halfway through the novel, I pretty much expected a lame theft scene to come but thankfully that portion was well executed by the author. Interesting method, good execution.
Unfortunately these were the only two things pretty decent about the book.
The following were the pretty obvious and big let downs :
1) Characters – No character in the novel gets developed enough. There are too many half baked characters apart from Kat and they are for no good. The age factor is also a major point. Though the characters like Kat and Hale have been said to be 15 and 16 respectively. But their description doesn’t suggest so. From the description they are more like in their twenties and it would have been better if the author had done otherwise.
2) Jumping between cities – The characters jump from one city to other so often and so abruptly that you are often left confused and annoyed. It would have been better if the author had spent some more time in describing such things.
3) Loopholes – There are way too many loopholes in the story. I hate to say and with due respect to the author, the writing wasn’t up to the mark. Scenes shift so abruptly that it becomes irritating at times to read the book.
Though it certainly is not my kind of book, it certainly is for people out their who are kind of Ocean Eleven’s fan, or who are in for a quick read.
“Some stories make your hands shake. Sometimes too many details make you fidget in the dark.”
But this one neither leaves you longing for more, nor gives you something to remember for a long long time.
PS – I am already onto the second book in the series, just because I don’t want to leave it in the middle. I just want to get done with the series as soon as possible.