Written by: Ally Carter
Released: February 9, 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
Summary: 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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family’s (very crooked) history.
I was a little worried about this since I had seen so many good things written about it, and about her other series, but I was not disappointed with this book at all. In fact, I was absorbed in the action and adventure right from the very beginning and I wanted to see Hale kiss Kat sooo bad throughout the entire book.
I feel as though this could be the beginning of a new series of Carter, or there could at least be a sequel, but it was a nice stand-alone book as well, aside from the fact that you never find out who Visily Romani is.
I loved the characters from this book and how they all mingled and worked together. And I loved Hale and how obvious it was that he was doing everything just so that he could be closer to Kat. Gabrielle never ceased to make me laugh either with her haughty antics.
All in all, this was great and I could highly recommend it to anyone who wanted a good, fun read. I’m giving it an 8/10.