Thief is the first book in The Academy Scarab Beetle Series.
Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she's desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she's a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…
Thinking she's been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it's her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there's a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.
Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it's done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.
Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.
Warning: This is a new adult series. Readers of the other Academy series may need some caution as this series will contain mature sexual and violent situations and themes.
Great book all in all...
I found the plot very interesting and the way the characters personalities are so different makes it great. I felt there was too many problems, like one problem solved gets a phone call another problem but that was the only flaw I found. The pacing was fast but in a way that it made sense and the way the plot was set out, like it's all based on curiosity, makes it so relatable. In the end it's a great book and I highly recommend it!
I absolutely loved this book. It was very refreshing and had a nice plot and had romance on the side that gave it a little siz. Love it, the only thing is..... I have to pay to read the next one🤣🤣❤️.
I feel like Stone has learnt from her mistakes, or commonly disliked aspects of her other Academy series. The protagonist is stronger, and more independent. There are still hints of past domestic violence and troubled family relationships, but it is much more diluted and palatable. The main character, Kayli also shares less weird tenancies with the male 'companions' or potential lovers than Sang did. Overall, appeals to a wider audience because it is less full on than the other series, and I would say it was worth the $3.99. It sure lasted longer than a chocolate muffin would have.