Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig: Enjoyable, Unstressful and Cleverly Done–With One Catch

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.

Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way. 

COIN HEIST is a great read if you want a book that is enjoyable, unstressful and overall a great action story–but ultimately entirely forgettable.

One thing I did love about this book was the multiple-character POV, especially because it helped me to see all different aspects of the story and the motivations of the characters, but it also showed me just how much they blend together. I didn’t love all the characters. In fact, I hated both Alice and Jason because they’re so flaky, two-faced and overall fully hateable characters. The thing that saved Dakota and Benny was their romance. I loved them as a couple, even though Benny was an extremely cliche character at times.

Another thing I liked was the tech details. While it definitely wasn’t the best heist story I’ve ever read, especially with books like Ally Carter’s HEIST SOCIETY out competing in the YA world, but it was cleverly done. It will definitely appeal to middle-grade boys and girls who love a good story and I don’t think they’ll have the same problems with it that I did. The ending ties up well and is a great stand-alone read. 3 stars.

pg count for the ebook: 225



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