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Thieves' Gambit

por Kayvion Lewis

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Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML: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
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The ultimate competition between thieves tests friendships and family ties.

Seventeen-year-old Rosalyn “Ross” Quest, a member of a notorious Black Bahamian family of globe-trotting thieves, has spent her entire life honing her skills and following in her mother’s footsteps. But now she just wants to live a normal life, go to college, and make some friends her age. When her attempt to evade her family and secretly make it to a summer gymnastics camp goes awry, Ross’ mother is left in a life-threatening situation, and the only way Ross can save her is by competing in the Thieves’ Gambit, a potentially deadly heist competition that offers its winner one wish. Ross is up against the biggest names in the game from around the world, including Noelia, a Swiss girl who’s her childhood enemy. Hopping from country to country as she competes in increasingly dangerous challenges, Ross must discern whom she can trust, if anyone, while her feelings for fellow competitor Devroe, a Black British boy, grow. In a manner true to the genre, the pacing is fast, and readers will experience the best kind of whiplash as the story moves from one heist to the next. The characters are also fully realized, and it’s impossible not to root for Ross as she tries to figure out who she’s meant to be.

A fast-paced roller coaster of a read. (Thriller. 13-18)

-Kirkus Review
  CDJLibrary | Apr 2, 2024 |
It didn't take me long at all to be intrigued by Ross and the unconventional upbringing she has had to become a master thief. Even though she was raised to believe to never trust anyone but a Quest, there were breadcrumbs being left that her family may have secrets she doesn't know about. Why the estrangement from her grandparents? Why is the Quest family being cut off by other associates? Is Ross's father really dead? The mom seems to have a lot of secrets.

I love the idea of the Thieves' Gambit with some tension already there with a past rival and some other strong personalities. The combination of urgency to rescue the mom, complete heists, and compete against other experienced thieves, made this a page turner and I was so curious to see how it would all go. This book gave the same feel as Ocean's Eleven and Now You See Me, film franchises that I love, and I could easily see this being turned into a film. I think I saw that the rights have been sold, so this will be amazing to see.

The beginning was fast paced, but then I hit a sort a lull when the gambit first started. By the middle of the second phase, I could not put this book down. The backstabbing and cons and secret motives. Everyone has their own reason for doing things and right when you thought you could trust someone or you hated someone, they did something to change your mind. I was so surprised by the ending. Oh my goodness. The absolute pain that Ross must be feeling, I wouldn't blame her one bit if she cut that person out of her life forever. After she was starting to come out of her shell, trusting other people and making friends, she's reminded why she can't trust anyone.

I really enjoyed this book and I definitely can't wait to see what happens next with Ross, the rest of the Quest family, and Devroe. ( )
  jen_lynn_c14 | Dec 23, 2023 |
Thieves Gambit follows Rosalyn ‘Ross’ Quest, a 17-year-old highly skilled thief from a family of professional thieves. She is invited to compete in an underground thieving contest. She accepts because her mother has been kidnapped and she desperately needs the ransom.
The story hits the ground running and takes the reader on a wild ride filled with twists, turns, high stakes heists, danger, tentative alliances, betrayal and exotic locations. It has a very cinematic feel to it, and, unsurprisingly, the film rights have been bought.
I liked Ross. She was badass with a strong moral center (other than stealing, of course). The other characters were distinct and memorable.
Thieves Gambit is a fast-paced, fun, entertaining, thrilling read. I definitely burned the midnight oil with this one. After that cliffhanger ending, I can't wait for the sequel and am looking forward to the movie. ( )
  PennyOlson | Dec 18, 2023 |
This is twisty heist action for the teen set. I don't appreciate—but completely understand—the cliffhanger ending. Rights were sold for two books, though the second doesn't seem to have a title or publication date yet. ( )
  joyblue | Dec 12, 2023 |
Rosalyn Quest's plan to leave her mother and their family of thieves is just about to be complete when her mother is kidnapped, leaving her only recourse to win the Thieves Gambit, an invitation only competition between young, accomplished thieves. Nothing is off limits as competitors are given more and more difficult tasks that are assigned by Count, who represents the Organizers in charge of the competition. Ross has been taught to trust no-one even Devroe, who seems to want a more personal relationship with her and especially her nemesis, Noelia Boschert. Will she have to trust someone to win?

Thieves' Gambit is a fun exciting YA mystery adventure for fans of The Inheritance Games. While the characters could be better developed, the plot is extremely entertaining with lots of emotional highs and lows, and the ending packs a punch filled with twists and turns. It is easy to feel Ross's frustration as she tries to save her mother and figure out what kind of person she really is. The dialogue is believable in this well paced story that is difficult to put down. Overall, Thieves' Gambit is a very enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. ( )
  ftbooklover | Dec 7, 2023 |
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Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML: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

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