Thieves’ Gambit (Thieves’ Gambit #1)

Kavion Lewis

YA Contemporary Thriller

The Inheritance Games meets Ocean’s Eleven in this cinematic heist thriller where a cutthroat competition brings together the world’s best thieves and one thief is playing for the highest stakes of all: her mother’s life.

At only seventeen years old, Ross Quest is already a master thief, especially adept at escape plans. Until her plan to run away from her legendary family of thieves takes an unexpected turn, leaving her mother’s life hanging in the balance.

In a desperate bid, she enters the Thieves’ Gambit, a series of dangerous, international heists where killing the competition isn’t exactly off limits, but the grand prize is a wish for anything in the world–a wish that could save her mom. When she learns two of her competitors include her childhood nemesis and a handsome, smooth-talking guy who might also want to steal her heart, winning the Gambit becomes trickier than she imagined.

Ross tries her best to stick to the family creed: trust no one whose last name isn’t Quest. But with the stakes this high, Ross will have to decide who to con and who to trust before time runs out. After all, only one of them can win.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“Everything worth doing is dangerous.”

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) Oh I loved this! Teens from all over the world are brought together for a tournament. They are thieves and con-artists and will compete to win a year working for a prestigious company using those skills.

Like it says above, this had an Ocean’s Eleven vibe but also the tournament felt a bit Hunger Games to me. That’s what drew me in and it proved entertaining. Each teen has been raised in these families famous for cons, theft and more. So the skills they have are unique and perfect for the tasks the tournament provides. They’re tested on working alone, in pairs and as a team.

“The best things you get in life are usually things you weren’t expecting.”

This book was never short on excitement. It may not seem like a unique theme but it felt different and flowed so well that I couldn’t wait to get to the end. It was fun, unique, had great characters, tons of betrayal, trust, family and more. I highly recommend this one!

General content summary: little language, theft, gun shots and threats, captivity, physical violence (blood, injuries, death), creature attacks (blood, injuries), paternal death (sickness), alcohol (some underage, multiple), m/f kisses, captivity, car crash (injuries). 

Thank you to Penguin Teen for the copy!

The book releases September 26, 2023.

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