Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Pages: 364pgs

The Story

When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.

Violet's search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.

The Review

I like a good old-fashioned heist story. Honestly who doesn't love a good-old heist? Whether it's a book or movie, I'm totally there for it no matter what the format it comes in! But in this case, what made me enjoy this book even more and more was the fact that it was set behind the backdrop of one of my favourite countries ever, Japan, and honestly combining my love of heists and Japan together, you're bound to get an amazing storyline out of it. And I was right. It was a whole lot of fun!

TOKYO HEIST is unlike any other contemporary and heist book I have ever read. Sure it features the traditional mysteries and heists as its major themes, but what made this story even more unique was the country of Japan the book was set in and how heavily cultured the author made the book. Plus it definitely helps having a protagonist like Violet being easily to connect to, considering I love Japan and I'm a total manga fan to the core like Violet was. Just having her talk about her love of drawing, manga, and Japan within itself, just screamed at me to like and then love her . . . because we would totally be best friends in another life. Trust me we totally would!

Overall, I thought TOKYO HEIST offered a great story and I loved how everything turned out in the end for all of the characters. So if  you're looking for a fun-filled heist story and for something to escape books from the paranormal side of things of YA, then this book would be absolutely perfect for you!

The Rating
4/5 stars


  1. I too like a good old-fashioned heist story AND I like Japan, so this is the perfect book for me! Violet sounds awesome, I think I'd have a lot in common with her too. Will definitely have to read this - thanks for the review! :)

    1. Thanks Liz! I think ANYONE who loves Japan as much as I do will totally love this book! :)


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