Thank you, Nina, for sending me a finished copy of Thieves' Gambit by Kayvion Lewis for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Title: Thieves' Gambit
Author: Kayvion Lewis
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 384 pages
Seventeen-year-old Rosalyn Quest was raised by a legendary family of thieves with one rule: trust no one. When her mother is kidnapped, her only chance to save her is to win the Thieves’ Gambit – a deadly competition for the world’s best thieves, where the victor is granted one wish. To win, she must outwit all of her backstabbing competitors, including her childhood archnemesis. But can she take victory from the handsome, charming boy who makes a play for her heart and might be hiding the most dangerous secret of all?
I love books that grab your hand and tell you to run, and Thieves' Gambit is one of them books it captured my attention and made sure it was kept there. Even when I put the book down to do odd jobs it was living rent free in my head which is a huge testament to Kayvion’s writing. The stakes felt that high while reading this book I felt like I was in the gambit and had to pay close attention to every interaction to work out if the person was friend or foe. It added an extra enjoyable layer to this book as I was unsure about each character's motives in the book.
The book takes the stereotypical “like its hard” attitude for its plan but its one of the best parts of a heist in my opinion where would the fun be if the heist planner was like “Oh we can’t do that”. Rosalyn must enter a secret heist-based competition to win enough money to rescue her kidnapped mother, the “like its hard” moment. Don’t forget this is a competition and there are other kids competing would do anything to win. Okay I lied tiny spoiler the betrayals made this book more interesting. It’s a book about thieves do maybe not a spoiler isn’t the saying “No honour among thieves”.
The plot was well thought out and I was enthralled from the first couple of chapters. I might be bias as I love a good heisting story and sprinkle a competition on top, I’m your girl. The challenges in the Gambit are outrageous and outlandish but I was eager to find out how everything was going to play out and I think it’s one of the reasons I burned through the book.