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Tokyo Heist Paperback – June 13, 2013
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“Dangerous yakuza (Japanese mobsters), blackmail letters and FBI stings. A proficient caper spiced up by Violet's eye for art.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This art heist has twists and turns, romance, and the happily-ever-after that many will be rooting for.”—Booklist
“Renn’s fun debut takes a kitchen-sink approach, throwing together romance, mystery, and action in a way that echoes the manga that the 16-year-old Violet loves to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Will enthrall readers who love action.” —Examiner.com
“A fast-paced and engaging mystery with a spunky protagonist.” —VOYA
“The plot has lots of twists and turns, leaving readers on edge… Readers will cheer for Violet as she uses her wits to outsmart the adults.” —SLJ
“We can't stop talking about action-packed YA mystery novel Tokyo Heist…author Diana Renn's first YA novel, but we certainly hope it isn't her last!” —HuffingtonPost.com
“It’s rare for YA heroines to have such specific, developed interests, and Violet filtering her investigation through her passion for manga, art, and Japan makes her seem like a real, relatable teenager.” —A.V. Club
“Young adult mysteries do not get any better than this.”—Peter Abrahams, author of the Echo Falls Mysteries
“Irresistible. I couldn’t put it down!”—Alane Ferguson, author of the Forensic Mysteries
“Adventures don’t get any more thrilling than Tokyo Heist.”—Kristen Miller, author of The Eternal Ones series
About the Author
Diana Renn grew up in Seattle and now lives in Boston. She has taught ESL and writing, most recently at Boston University. She has published numerous short stories and essays, and she is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. She is the author of several ESL textbooks, as well as the YA mystery novels Latitude Zero and Tokyo Heist. She is an avid traveler.
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This is one of my first ventures into YA mystery territory, and now I'm thinking I might need to give more mystery books a chance. I really enjoyed watching this story unfold, watching Violet really come into her own as she unraveled the mystery of the stolen art. The mystery aspect of this book reminded me a little of the movie "Oceans 11" for some reason...not sure why, but that's okay because I loved that movie!
But really, my favorite part of the book was the fact that it took place in Japan. As I've said before, I love it when books are set in foreign countries. It just makes the story come alive for me. I don't know a lot about Japan or Japanese culture, and I felt like this book does a good job of explaining a lot of cultural customs and history of the region.
I also liked that there is basically zero romance in this book. It maybe makes an appearance on like 5 pages total. It was nice to have a book that was exciting and readable that didn't have anything to do with romance. Hard to find those - at least for me, who loves a good romance! :)
My only complaint was that I sometimes felt the book dragged a little. There were a few bits in the middle that were a little slow. Also, I figured out who the bad guy was early on, so I wish it had been more difficult to figure out. Besides that, though, this was a great read! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good 2012 debut, a fun mystery, or a book set in a different country.
There is a lot of action and while it does start a bit slow, I appreciated it because of the character building. I felt it was a fantastic read and something I would recommend to just about anyone. 😊
Finally, the author lived in Japan and researched Japanese culture thoroughly. This grounding makes Toyko Heist particular fascinating. Ms. Renn has created a multi-faceted gem. To learn more about the author and her novel, visit her website at [...] or find her at [...]
theres a lot of allusion to manga and anime, too, so it was kinda funny seeing things ive heard of reflected in this book. and they introduced a lot of Japanese culture and it was actually a little educational??? hahah it was extremely awesome overall, 5 stars (:
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