Art Heist and Manga: A Review of Tokyo Heist

Tokyo Heist 
Tokyo Heist
Diana Renn
384 pages
Publisher: Viking Childrens/Penguin
Release Date: June 14th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.

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.

Violet’s search 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.

  Sixteen-year-old Violet Rossi is on her way to Japan for her dad’s new mural project. A couple of days before they leave, she learns about a set of stolen van Gogh sketches. Once in the mysterious world of Tokyo, where she stands out, Violet and her best friend Reika set out to capture the art thieves and rescue the art. Violet’s not doing it for the reward money the Yamada’s have promised to anyone who finds their missing painting – she’s doing it to get her dad to finally see her.

  Diana Renn’s debut novel, Tokyo Heist is amazing from the first page on. She really knows how to describe the characters and make them stand off the page, along with describing the beautiful scenery’s in Japan. I absolutely loved bodyguard Yoshi, kind Mitsue and Kenji Yamada, and talkative Reika. Diana Renn’s writing is stunning and flawless. I really liked the cover with its brightly lit, bustling portrayal of the busy city of Tokyo.

  All in all I can’t wait to read more from Diana Renn. Filled with adventure, action and a hint of humor, Tokyo Heist is just begging to be picked up and loved.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.

June 7, 2012



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    June 8, 2012

    I'm a fan of the cover too.

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    June 8, 2012

    I love the premise and I love the cover. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the great review.

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    Dazzling Mage

    June 9, 2012

    Ooh, this sounds like an amazing read! I love a heist story, and in Tokyo!

    Nice review!

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    Sierra Abrams

    June 9, 2012

    I'm so excited to read this! It just recently caught my eye and now I'm really intrigued by it! I've been wanting a good mystery lately, too…excited to try it out!

    Great review!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    Mimi Valentine

    June 10, 2012

    Ohhh, I love reading manga too so I think I'm going to really like Violet! I don't think I've heard very much for Tokyo Heist at all but your LOVED rating speaks for itself — I'm pretty sure this will be a hazard to my travel list (since I'll want to add Japan), but I'm reading it anyways! x)

    Awesome review, Asma! :)

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    Maji Bookshelf

    June 10, 2012

    oh man, i love all things Japan so I'm unbelievably excited to pick this one!

    domo for the review ;)

    – juhina

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    August 22, 2012

    I'm so glad you loved it! I've got this one on my shelf and have been so eager to read it. Can't wait!