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The Jewel Thief

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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and centered around the broken history of the Hope Diamond-- the high-society intrigue of Richelle Mead's Glittering Court series meets the romance of Melissa de la Cruz's Alex and Eliza.

In the depths of the Bastille, sixteen-year-old Juliet Pitau sits cold and filthy in her cell. Charged with stealing what has come to
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Published May 26th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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A captivating tale set in 17th century France, and in a world a knew nothing about: gem-cutters. I was fascinated by this story, by how Juliette was ready to risk everything to save her father. I liked how the story is told from Juliette's perspective, and that she mentions René, her lover, directly while narrating it, because, well... she was telling him her story, hoping to save herself, or, at least, their love. It is a unique story that will let you wish you could time-travel.

Many thanks to
Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
4.5 Stars -- I loved this book so much! The writing style, the history, and the high stakes drama all made for a really engaging read. I love that the book is told through a frame narrative. Our main character is in jail recounting her tale of events to the royal scribe who happens to be her ex-lover and despises her now. This record is going to be presented to the King as her last appeal. This story was gripping! I love that we start off right in the middle of the drama, and things just continu ...more
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
The Jewel Thief is an absolute hidden gem. This lush, beautifully written historical fiction novel swept me off my feet. Although the story was a bit slow at times, everything came together beautifully at the end. I loved Mobley’s choice to tell this story as a story within the novel. Given that Juliet is incarcerated for most of the novel, her telling the story to René felt more intimate than it would have otherwise. Although some of the ending is revealed at the beginning of the novel, I alway ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Juliet is the daughter of King Louis XIV's prized jeweler. When Louis acquires the Tavernier Violet, which today is known as the Hope Diamond, she sees it as a chance for her family to be brought to glory and esteem. However, Juliet's ambition, while pure in motivation, brings her family close to ruin. Juliet is arrested and charged with stealing the diamond, and has one final night in her jail cell to prove her
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Jewel Thief
by Jeannie Mobley

This historical fiction read was amazing and I loved the royalty and heist component of the story. I found the writing easy and fun with great pacing. I enjoyed the characters in the story and thought that the book had everything I needed - the amazing historical fiction aspect, some mystery that was cleverly written, a bit of Romance that I loved and of course that suspenseful thrill throughout. This is a great introduction to readers new to the historical fictio
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a stunning book! Mobley, already an award-winning author of historical fiction for middle-grade readers, dazzles in this enormously ambitious tale for YA (and adult) readers: a story of daughterly devotion, court intrigue, the search for artistic integrity, and sizzling romance, all set during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, in Paris. Juliette is the daughter of the King's crown jeweler, who has been charged with cutting an enormous - and dauntingly challenging - diamond in a way that ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
What a cover!!

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Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
I picked up an ARC of this book from the publisher’s booth while attending the North Texas Teen Book Festival in March 2020.

Content warnings: anti-Semitism, attempted rape

This was truly such a lovely and unique book. I adore historical fiction and the premise sounded too good to pass up. I was so happy to dive into 17th century France and to learn a bit more about the origins of the Hope Diamond.

I found the writing and the story as a whole incredibly engaging, and while I though this would be an
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts are my own**
This historical fiction is based around the famous Diamond and a jewel heist so I was really interested to check this book out. But sadly, this book feels like it should've come out in the 2000's instead of 2020. I have read so much YA in the last 3 years that are more entertaining, compelling and better written than this. Juliette is such an idiot who lies or withh
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

ACTUAL: 4.25 stars

This story begins with Juliet, who is imprisoned for stealing the Hope Diamond from King Louis XIV. She has only the night to recall the events leading up to the night to the scribe across the cell, Rene, the man she loves but lost. She's reeling from her father's failure but still plans to use this night to fight for her life, before her sentencing the next day.

I really enjoy heists and roya
Alyson Kent
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Dayle (the literary llama)
DNF 57%. An interesting idea but I think the author overshot the idea of using a verbal confession as the literary device to tell this story. I couldn’t tell when the lead was speaking aloud or possibly inner monologuing (?) but it was weirdly detailed for a supposed verbal account.

Additionally, it was dull and I felt no connection to the characters. I pushed myself onward but when I got to Rene wanting to spin the confession and place blame on the “Jews”, regardless of historical accuracy, I r
"But you have confessed to conspiracy and theft against the crown, and that remains punishble by death."

I am giving the Jewel thief a 3 out of 5 star rating. It's hard to know where to start. As I progressed through Juliet's story I began to enjoy the story more. At about 50% I had so much hate for Juliet that I must confess I almost DNF'd and that is one thing I do not EVER do.

Juliet Pitau is a 16 year old girl living in the heart of France during the reign of King Louis XIV. She is the daught

Rajasree Jayaram
I decided to read this book because of the gorgeous cover. I almost decided against reading it but I was to obtain the audiobook version and thought it would be cool to listen to it, and it was. I have acquired a great deal of respect for the historical fiction genre after listening to the author's note - it's amazing how she took the bare facts and spun a story around about what could have happened. The narrator had a good French accent, and I felt like I'd been transported to 17th century Fran ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an eARC of this!

Set in 17th century France, Juliette is the daughter of the disgraced Crown Jeweller. Her father was tasked with cutting the Hope Diamond (the Violet), but when her father travels to Venice to learn the secrets of the great diamond cutters, he comes back empty-handed.

The book is told from the end of the story where Juliette waits in a prison cell. She has been arrested on account of stealing the jewel, so much of the book we
Nicole Alycia
3.5/5 rounded down
It was a very interesting story about the carving of the Hope Diamond. I liked how the story was told, with the main character recounting what happened to be written down. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character though which was part of my problem. They do point out her flaws throughout the book however which was slightly redeeming but I always have some issues with super naive characters and that was Juliette in a nutshell.
All in all I think this book is more for peopl
Raisa Alexis
cw: anti-semitism in 17th century france

I received an ARC of this book at ALAMW but this doesn't impact my review.

17th century French jewel heist that wasn't very heist-y. Juliette Pitau has been arrested for her role in 'stealing' the Tavernier Violet. The story is her confession, as she talks about what really went down. Also, this book wasn't really romance-y, even though it says it's a romance.

Juliette's confessing to Rene, a book binder, and the person she's fallen for. It's cool that we
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @penguinteenca for sending me a copy of this book!
This book was super fun and stared out very captivating! Juliette’s father is the jeweller of King Louis the sun king and has been tasked with creating a jewel to make the sun king shine! Through a ton of twists and turns Juliette ends up arrested and maybe being sentenced to death, and the book fills in the holes to what happened!
I love that the book was told from the perspective of Juliette’s confession! I thought that this was d
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley, 350 pages. Viking (Penguin), 2020. $19.

Content: G (1 swear, 0 'f')



16yo Juliette Pitau has been hauled in front of King Louis XIV and convicted of stealing one of his prize jewels. Now, as she awaits her fate, she goes back over the events that brought her here. From her life as the daughter of the king’s premier jeweler and down through their disgrace and the desperate gambles she has made to restore her fat
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, france
**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.**

Title The Jewel Thief

Author Jeannie Mobley

Description from Amazon

Her story begins . . . in Paris. The only daughter of the King’s crown jeweler, Juliette marvels at the large, deep-blue diamond Louis XIV has commanded her father to make shine like the sun. But Jean Pitau has never cut a diamond quite like this, and shaping it is a risky endeavor. As Jean spirals into depression, Juliette ta
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A huge thank you to PenguinTeen Canada for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Jewel Thief takes us back in time to 17th century France, to the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who has just acquired the diamond called the Tavernier Violet that is today known as the Hope Diamond. The Crown Jeweller, Jean Pitau, is entrusted with cutting this precious gem to make it shine, a herculean task, co
Elisha Jachetti
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE JEWEL THIEF by Jeannie Mobley is a YA Historical Fiction novel, set in Paris, France during the reign of the Sun King. Juliette is the daughter of the King’s crown jeweler, which seems like an illustrious position, but in truth is quite dangerous. Jean, Juliette’s father, realizes the risk of not meeting King Louis XIV’s expectations, when he’s commissioned to cut the Tavernier Violet. Due to its odd shape, the task of turning the diamond brilliant is almost impossible. The more Jean tries t ...more
Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)
If you’re looking for a binge-worthy historical fiction book then look no further! Jeannie Mobley’s The Jewel Thief is a lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and centered around the broken history of the Hope Diamond. The romance and excitement all set in France’s high society is the book you need to read right now!
In the depths of the Bastille, sixteen-year-old Juliet Pitau sits cold and filthy in her cell. Charged with stealing what has come to be known as the Hope Diamond from
Amanda TheFunSizeReader
Do you know the history of the Hope Diamond? How about the curse?

*cue flute solo from Titanic*

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No but really. I don’t know a lot about the hope diamond, but after reading this, I want to know more!

The Jewel Thief is a story about Juliette, the daughter of a master jeweler who works at the command of King Louis of France in the 1600s. Juliette’s father is tasked with cutting the largest blue diamond that Europe has ever seen, but here’s the catch: he
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
*Thanks to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC
THE JEWEL THIEF was a really interesting historical fiction novel. The story is told by Juliette, whose father became the Crown Jeweler and is given the assignment of cutting the Hope Diamond, a seemingly impossible task. I loved the way the story is told: Juliette recounts the events leading up to her current predicament, with present-day commentary every chapter, then jumping back into the past. This kept me intrigued in the story a
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to Penguin and Netgalley for letting me review this arc!

This was an exciting historical fiction about the cutting and theft of the French Blue diamond. It follows the daughter of the King's disgraced jeweler as she masterminds a plot to save her father's reputation and cut the King's most precious diamond to bring him, France, and her family glory. This is a part of history that I had never explored before, and this book made it a fun and gripping experience, with the story moving fr
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley follows Juliette Pitau, the daughter of a magnificent gem-cutter and crown jeweler to King Louis XIV. But when King Louis purchases the Tavernier Diamond, Juliette's father, Jean, is overcome by fear. Cutting the Tavernier Diamond is very risky. The pressure sends Jean into a depression, and Juliette takes it upon herself to get the gem cut. Now she's sitting in a jail cell, telling her story to her love, René, who might just be holding a grudge. With one night ...more
Lauren Hicks
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
I received this as an ARC from Net Galley and the following are my opinions of the book.

I wanted to love this book... I really did! I have always loved stories that are based on french history, and this one sounded like it was going to be a huge hit. However, it fell a little flat for me. It was so sad and the characters were so frustrating (apart from Rene and the Benzacar family). I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was a bit more court intrigue with a build up of romance between he
John Clark
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh and intriguing plot structure. Juliette is the daughter of the French king's jeweler. When this tale begins, she's in chains, suffering extreme pain from broken ribs and a badly burned hand, while being berated by the king because he believes she stole the blue diamond her father was to cut into a stone that would cement King Louis XIV's place in history.
From there, you are taken to the cell where she is to confess to Rene, the handsome scribe she loves, but feels no hope of ever being
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