- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 696 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Story (4 Mar. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SU8XL6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,598,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Piper is the best-characterised of everyone here (I didn't feel anyone else particulary distinguished themselves from the background) but that was fine with me, as it was all about the story and the con for me. And the poker. Who knew poker could be so entertaining on the page? I don't even know the rules and I ended up riveted.
Piper lives in L.A. with her younger sister and a group of grifters and con artists, as part of a gang that live well thanks to their father-figure leader Max. Determined to give Sophie a better start than she had, she educates her and protects her while earning their living as a con artist.
But it all comes crashing down when Sophie is kidnapped by a mafia boss and their only way of raising money to get her back involves cons and a high-stakes poke tournament.
Pure entertainment, it had me along for the ride from the get-go. I could picture this on the screen, and found the con scenes fascinating (especially Piper's could-have-been-uncomfortable 'dates' with men) - nicely handled.
The resolution is good, you aren't sure if it will all work out, and though I wasn't overly keen on the 'love' aspect, I went along with it. Though you are reading about criminals, technically, they are our heroes and you feel on a moral plane with them. They are decent kids who try to do a 'Robin Hood' and only con the rich and greedy.
I've had this to read for ages and wish I'd got to it sooner. I'd definitely try others by the same author. A good choice for YA readers as well as adults.
I was sent a copy of this by the author to read and review. My honest thoughts were sought, and are given above.
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Piper is fun to follow, and the contrast between her con artist self and her real, vulnerable self keeps her interesting. Her devotion to her sister and her naivete in the face of real romance is quite endearing. It’s hard not to root for her completely.
The writing itself could use some judicious trimming and can be a bit uneven in spots, but once the plot really kicks in, it’s engaging and well paced. “Grift” is a good first effort from Jason Mosberg, with a solid and engaging plot and relateable characters.
I think I was in the mood for something different and the backdrop of Las Vegas was just what I needed. Learning about the cons that they pull on unsuspecting tourists in "The City That Never Sleeps" was fascinating. And, the fact that they are all done by kids is really cool.
Well written with only a few typos and misused words, this book captivated me and I would recommend this to anyone who finds themselves intrigued by the synopsis.