Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grift by Jason Mosberg Book Review

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.
What an interesting story. I'm definitely pleasantly surprised.

Grift was offered to me for review, and I almost turned it down because I just don't have the time to add more books to my already growing TBR. But, I'm glad I went for it. Grift is a great read. It's YA but it teeters toward adult. The characters are teens but their lives are most certainly adult--forced adult but adult nonetheless. I wouldn't give this to my pre-teen sister or anything--not that it ever gets graphic. I just feel the need to specify that the subject matter is not for kids.

Anyway, what I liked most about Grift was how realistic it came off as being. A teenaged group of con artists? How can that not be a great read. The characters are all dealing with the hand their dealt and making it. It might be by conning but they're making it.

That is until one of them gets kidnapped. Racing against time they come together to con the entirety of Las Vegas to get back one of their own.

I really enjoyed this story. There was great background, and great relatable characters. It's not very fast paced but it does enough to keep the reader reading. It was enough to keep me going. Once I started piecing together the clues, I sort of figured the story out-- but it was still a pivotal moment in the story, and it was still sort of shocking. I was pleased that the author decided to take that direction.

Once I got to about the end, the author pulled another shocking move, even though he didn't follow through. I was both happy and sad about that. More happy than sad. Sad because it would have blown me away and made the book five stars--but happy because it meant the characters got the closure they deserved.

All in all Grift is a great read and I wouldn't mind seeing more of these characters, or even more of Mosberg's writing. Very well done.


  1. OH! This sounds awesome, and a shocking ending - I am so adding this to my TBR right now!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. Hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds different. And a shocking move at the end, but the author doesn't follow through? You've piqued my interest. Great review! ~Pam

  3. wow, I love face paced books and shocking endings. This certainly sounds like my type of read. Great review, Jazmen! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  4. The concept is very catchy xD I like shocking endings so let's see how this one works out, I just added it to my TBR - Thank you for sharing & lovely review!
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections