by Diana Renn
Viking Juvenile (Penguin)
Suggested Ages: 11+ (minor violence no naughty stuff)
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Description: When sixteen-year-old
Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming
artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's
newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile
art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and,
until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are
in danger--including Violet's and her father's.
for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the
yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the
mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows
one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.
Mini Review: A delightfully fun mystery read that is perfect for the YA lover who either is sick or or dislikes any paranormal/dystopian type of read. Violet is is a charming heroine that many young girls will feel a connection to. This is also a book that the manga lover will thoroughly enjoy as the Japanese animation is an integral to the plot of the story. I did find the constant manga mentions and Japanese expressions a little irritating at times but than again I am not the intended audience for this, so feel free to ignore my comment on that. I also really disliked Violet's father (although there was some wonderful realistic character development with him) and just wanted to smack him on many occasion. Was impressed with the thorough amount of research the author did in relation to all facets of the art world and Japanese culture. I wish the store I worked at had some copies of this book as many of our young customers are sick of the dystopian & paranormal stories and want something just like this.
Jenn lent this to me as part of a read a long that she takes part in with Michele and Chandra - Thanks ladies this was a refreshing change from what I have been reading
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