Sunday, June 22, 2014
Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig
By Elisa Ludwig
Published: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Studios
The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.
United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.
*Novel provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
My Rating: 4 stars
I picked up this book because it sounded a lot like Heist Society by Ally Carter, which I love, so I figured I would pick it up, and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.
The group of friends in this book were really diverse which I really liked. I was able to relate to pieces of each of them, though I definitely related to Alice the most. I loved the relationships that grew between the four characters formed, both platonic and romantic. Yes, this book is about a heist, but the highlight for me was seeing the relationships develop, even if there wasn't quite as much development as I would have liked, due to the four points of view.
You could tell that Elisa Ludwig put a lot of thought and effort into planning the heist and this book definitely made me want to visit the U.S. Mint. I thought that the group did a really good job planning out the heist .
It was really easy to forget how young the characters are because they never act immature or young. There's little to no angst which was wonderful because I'm so sick and tired right now of overly angsty teen romances so if that's how you're feeling, definitely pick up this book.
I wish it had ended a little differently, though the ending was really realistic and it definitely wasn't the worst way that Elisa Ludwig could have ended it, but it wasn't the exact way that I wanted it to end.
Overall, Coin Heist is funny and clever, with witty dialouge, relatable characters, and and an interesting and engaging plot. I really enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to anyone who thinks the plot sounds interesting. If you liked this, I recommend you pick up the Heist Society series by Ally Carter that I mentioned earlier, the stories are similar and that series is super underhyped.
Thanks for reading!