The Jewel Thief
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Content: G (1 swear, 0 'f')
BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more