by Jason Mosberg
Book: Stand Alone
Pub Date: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult
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Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a high class escort?
Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her.
My Review: This book kept the mystery and suspense strong and very enjoyable. I am picking with mystery style books and this one managed to keep my attention well and I didn't want to put it down.
The characters were written very well. You get a good handle on who they are and enjoy each character. The outlaws and con-artist style was done well. They aren't typical, given that they are just teens, but they pull off some awesome things! They have struggles just like anyone else and they really aren't bad kids. You will love Piper! She is super amazing and you will easily love her and be on her side.
Each character is also awesome and likable. But I just loved Piper the most. The overall story is well written and you will be glad that you picked it up!