This Feminist Heist Novel Is A Must-Read

This Feminist Heist Novel Is A Must-Read - Uptown Thief by Aya de León

Series: Justice Hustlers (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Dafina (July 26, 2016)
Language: English

Beauty Brite Disclosure

Aya de León teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkley. But, that’s not all. She’s also a mom, an activist, and among other very impressive accomplishments, she is now an author, as well. Uptown Thief is Ms. de León’s first published novel (the first book in the Justice Hustlers series), and man was it a great read!! I was sucked in totally and completely by the end of the first few pages.

Things I love about this book:

  • -It’s a hefty novel. It has real weight when you hold it in your hands. It seems to be telling you, “Hey, I’m no ordinary fiction novel, I’ve got something to say, I’m serious, I’m important and you’d better listen!”
  • -And it does have importance! It’s not just a fun story about a strong woman who’s taking care of business. It addresses political social justice issues like feminist health care and wealth redistribution but also includes romance, action, and gripping interpersonal relations amongst the characters in the story.
  • -The book is so well-written and constructed. At no time did I feel as though some tidbit of information was left out or missing. The pace of the writing flowed nicely. It was just a complete joy to read.
  • -At nearly 400 pages in length, this is a novel that you can sink your teeth into. You need not worry about finishing it off in one sitting because that would not be an easy task. I like a book with length because it allows me to get invested in the story and the characters and “live in” their world for a while. And I love a novel that pulls me in so completely that I feel sort of lonely and bereft when the experience is over, leaving me wanting more.

At the end of the book, you will find discussion questions, which I really appreciate. Even if you aren’t reading this book as part of a book club or reading group, you can still go through the questions and come to a deeper understanding on your own about what you’ve just read (though it’s totally more fun in a group setting — who doesn’t like a good debate with peers?)

I really appreciate a well-written, intelligent book and Ms. de León has provided that with this modern-day Robin Hood tale of a woman striking back at those who are corrupt and oppressive to women. I watched an interview online in which she stated that she was frustrated with the heist stories she had seen or read because they were all dominated by male characters, which inspired her to write one of her own featuring females. I had not previously given this much thought, but it’s true. And she did produce a really great heist novel with strong female characters. Kudos!

I was very sad when I finally finished the book. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to be released to see where Ms. de León goes next with her writing!

Uptown Thief by Aya de León


In this sexy, heart-stopping tale, one smart, sizzling mami robs the rich and protects the exploited–until one heist too many puts everything at stake. . .


Marisol Rivera barely survived being abused with nowhere to turn. So there’s nothing she won’t do to keep her Lower East Side women’s health clinic open and give disadvantaged women new lives. Running an exclusive escort service for New York City’s rich and powerful 1 percent is the perfect way to bankroll her business–not to mention the perfect cover for robbing corrupt CEOs. And when times get even tougher, pulling a heist on a mega-billionaire will secure the clinic’s future–and her gorgeous crew’s–for good. . .


There’s just one problem: Marisol didn’t anticipate bad news even more dangerous than her curves. A seductive ex-cop who’s too close for comfort, and a powerful thug with a score to settle, are turning Marisol’s precise planning and seductive fail-safes into insidious traps. Now this beautiful modern-day Robin Hood will have to play some lethal wild cards without rules or limits to save those she loves–and live to steal another day. . .

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What kind of books do you like to read? Fiction or non-fiction? Thriller, romance or something else? Would you enjoy reading Uptown Thief?


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SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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