Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.
Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.
Will could be the next target.
Heat surges through me. I lean into Will, memorizing the feel of his body leveled against mine. The life of a thief is a solitary one; I’ve never been this close to a guy before, and the situation is made all the more complicated by the strength of my attraction to him.
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This was a fun, fast paced read and an entertaining take the on “new girl at school” plot. The book starts with Marisol and her mother stealing jewels, chased by rival thieves, and a daring, narrow escape. It’s a great beginning and example of the life this family leads. Events cause them to take cover, so they hide in NYC, and Marisol tries to blend in to the latest of a long line of schools. Her acclamation to the new school goes well, as she is focused on having a typical high school experience with friends, clubs, and boys. These things come easy to her, and she soon settles in.
The middle of the book is the only part I had a few issues with – the behavior of a few characters seemed out of whack with what has been established, and I found it distracting. “Why is her Mon doing this?” “Why is Will cool with that?” There is a bit of ebb and flow to get to the end – but it is a great finish! Much like the beginning, it is fast paced, suspenseful, and unexpected. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the writer’s storytelling. Just a few hazy areas of “huh?” sprinkled in the middle, but still a great book.
Rosie Somers is a beach-going book addict who’s been crafting stories since before she learned her ABCs. When she’s not busy trying to bring the characters in her head to life on paper, she can be found volunteering with local animal rescues, crocheting funky hats for her friends, or eating herself into the poorhouse at Chipotle. Her fondest dream is to one day own a goat.
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