Year pub: 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Mystery. Twists. Japan. And a touch of romance. Savvy?
This is actually the first time I actually enjoyed a mystery book so I don't know really how to give a proper summary without giving too much away (this is where you go and look at the summary). And since it's my first mystery book that I enjoyed, I can say that it is a very well developed and surprised me much until the end. : D <--coming from a girl that doesn't realize things that fast anyways.
If I met Violet, we would probably become best friends. She loves manga, anime, and Japan. There were mentions of Hayao Mizaki and the word baka mentioned! Of course I adore her! She started off being so timid and not very self-confident, but by the time the book ended, she became so much more.
I don't know if I should call it a sub-plot but there was the bits and pieces of Kimono Girl, a manga Violet was drawing which, no joke, if it was out, I would be reading it already. I can already imagine how awesome it would be. With the mention of mystery, shapeshifting, and a tad of shoujo, I think it's for me. Sadly, it only exists in the pages of this book. DX
Being a Japan fanatic that I am, I enjoyed that this book takes place in Japan. Throughout the book, I know that I am in safe hands because Renn knows her Japanese (or she just did fabulous google searching) and doesn't drop Japanese terms to be smart. Everything described was beautiful and I must say, I am definitely jealous Violet got to go to Japan, heist or not.