Over the next 5 days (the last 5 of 2010) I'll be posting my Top Ten favorite reads of the year. They're not necessarily books released in 2010 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. These books are not in a particular order, they are simply my top ten favorite reads of the year.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
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.
No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Colgan School.
Why I Loved It: This book is another one that was a ton of fun to read. I laughed out loud constantly. The crazy cons Kat's family had pulled were hilarious when taken out of context in the characters' conversations. Kat was a smart and sassy heroine, but she had the added depth of being torn between family loyalty and a desire to live a legal life. The premise of this caper was fresh and original -- a bunch of teens pulling a heist, aided by the very fact that they ARE teens. Though it's easy to follow the plot, when the end came I was taken totally by surprise. I love the kind of book that you THINK you understand -- and then realize in the end that the author has been misdirecting you all along. This book is just the right blend of light fun and character depth.
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