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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: "Coin Heist," by Elisa Ludwig

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.
*(summary courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review:  
I have to admit that the premise is what grabbed my attention initially.  I was really curious about it. Is it Gossip Girl meets Ocean's ElevenSadly no. It was a colossal disappointment.  Compelling? I think not.  Suspense? Looked high and low for it, and saw no suspense. Thrilling? About as much as a male doctor giving you a prostate exam.
The pacing of the book was awfully slow.  I kept thinking the story would start to develop but: no dice.  To top it off, the characters are dull and overly cliche: geeky math genius, bulimic popular girl, scholarship jock, and the headmaster's burnout son.  The reader also has to spend 95% of the book, learning about their boring, mundane lives.  Every character thinks the other has it all: looks, smarts, money, etc. It reminded me of everything I didn't like about high school.
The story just dragged on and on and when it's FINALLY time for the heist, it is poorly planned and all hell breaks loose.  And the resolution of the story? I don't know where to begin with that one.  The POVs alternated, but not well I might add. The writing was okay and the dialogue was average. Simply put, this book didn't deliver what it promised.
I honestly can't find anything I liked about this book, apart from the overall concept.
225 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Adaptive Studios

Recommend?   I didn't like it and wouldn't recommend it.  But it might
                        appeal to some.

(ARC courtesy of Adaptive Studios and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review)


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