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Reckless [Paperback]

Cornelia Funke
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Book Description

7 Jan 2013 Reckless
Jacob Reckless has discovered a world on the other side of a mirror: a place of dangerous enchantment. There, he's lived up to his name as a daring treasure-hunter, accompanied by Fox, a shape-shifting girl. But when his younger brother follows him, dark magic strikes. His brother will turn to stone unless Jacob can think of a way to save him.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 2 edition (7 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1908435607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435606
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fearsome Fairytale 4 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Reckless was a lovely read. It's a brilliant adventure with characters that are complex but easy to understand.
Jacob's father disappears when he is a teenager and it's not long before Jacob follows his father's footsteps into an alternate world. What he discovers is a frightening land of fairies, goyle and other deadly beings, which he makes his home. Only rarely does he return to see his mother and younger brother; prefering to face physical pain and harrowing adventures, rather than feel the pain of his mother's unhappiness and his brother's soft-hearted fears.

All would have been well if his brother, Will, hadn't followed him through the mirror that is the portal to the land of fairytales. Suddenly Jacob has to take on the responsibility of an older brother again, if he fails his brother in this world it will mean the end of Will.

Clara is Will's girlfriend and she loves him enough to try and save him too...doesn't she? Because her love and Jacob's bonds will be tested, leaving Will's fate in their hands.

Before Clara and Will joined them, Fox had Jacob all to herself. She's his trusty companion and has remained by his side ever since he saved her life. Fox is both the most passionate character and yet also the most sensible, she's so selfless that my heart went out to her. It often felt like she embodied the saying "nice guys finish last". Though this wasn't always the case.

The story has an interesting end - I didn't see it coming - and there's room for the author to write a follow up book, which I'd gladly read :)

4 out of 5 stars from me.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anya's review of 'Reckless' by Cornelia Funke 18 Oct 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I had the pleasure of meeting Cornelia Funke in person at a talk she gave about Reckless and even got my copy of the book signed!

Reckless is different to her other books because it's got a lot more fantasy in it. Reckless has dwarves, goyls and even fairies whereas most of her other books only have a little or even no fantasy at all - except for Dragon Rider which had a lot. I think this is because she worked with Lionel Wigram, film director of Harry Potter, on Reckless. This is the first time Cornelia has worked in partnership with someone and in my opinion it was really successful. Cornelia explained to us that this was quite a complicated process as first they would discuss it and then Cornelia would write in German, but Lionel didn't speak any German so Oliver Latsch had to translate it first, before Lionel could read it.

Reckless is about a boy, called Jacob, who finds a mirror in his late father's study, but this mirror is no ordinary mirror. It leads to another world. One day his little brother follows him in and that is when the trouble begins...

I highly recommend this book and rate it five stars. It's a real page-turner - I just couldn't put it down! My favourite character is Jacob because he is brave and caring towards his little brother but I found all the characters well developed. I think Reckless is aimed at children aged 10+ which is a bit older than usual for Cornelia's books. Also I think anyone who likes Harry Potter will like this. I think this book has a great sense of adventure and I hope you love it as much as I do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faery Tales that really Rock 12 July 2013
By Rowanna
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Don't be fooled - these are not fluffy disney-esque fairy tales - Cornelia brings the dark side of witches eating children and all those scary bits that thrilled us as kids bang up to date. Although it took me a chapter or so to get into her breathless style, Jacob is a hero worthy of every effort. She plunges you unto a dark uber-culture peopled with charismatic characters and teases you with virtually impossible situations that Jacob's wit, courage and daring turn into a stroll in the park. Can't get enough of this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Letdown 19 April 2011
By S. Caughie VINE VOICE
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I expected to like this book, as I think Cornelia Funke is an excellent writer. I think I was also expecting something of the caliber of 'Inkheart', which this frankly isn't. In fact, I did something with 'Reckless' that I almost never do: gave up half way through. I just couldn't engage witht he story on any level, which is a shame because the presmise and themes are interesting (alternate world accessed through a mirror, troubled sibling relationships, ticking bomb in the form of a curse)but somehow they never become any more than that. The characters and their struggles were wispy, half-drawn, just too thin to care about. Likewise the 'love story', which left me completely cold, (and which, incidentally, plays a far smaller role in the story than the blurb and taglines suggest.)

I think part of the problem is that the characters are actually adults, not girls and boys as the back cover suggests. This makes them hard for the intended audience to relate to, but the problem is bigger than that. Because they are adults, the story picks up long after the main character has discovered the world beyond the mirror. This is a huge mistake, as a major element of successful books in this genre is escapism and wish-fulfillment for the reader. Here, though, the reader loses out on the excitement and adventure of discovering the new world with the main character. Likewise the romance, and even the mystery about the brothers' missing father: we hear about all of it, but don't experience any of it, so it's hard to care. Classic case of show, don't tell.

I think the other issue is that the publishers are clearly trying to market this book as a teen supernatural romance, which, quite bluntly, it isn't. And that's unfortunate - it might generate a few sales, but I very much doubt that young readers will be coming back for more. That's a shame, as they'll miss out on Funke's other, better books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I hate this book it is terrible I don't recommend this to you endless you are a boring person which I am not.
Published 29 days ago by terrible
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I was so into this book, from the first page I could not put it down. Cornelia is a great writer and I've read a lot of her books can't wait to get stuck into the sequel x
Published 1 month ago by stevie thayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reckless - by Cornelia Funke
This is a great book - it took me about 3 chapters to get into it and then I couldn't put it down!! I really enjoyed this book - I think it is aimed at older teenagers - I am an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Oberon & Titania
5.0 out of 5 stars review of book
This is a good read. it took me at least a week to read it. It was well worth the money I paid.
Published 4 months ago by mrs p a martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I really enjoyed this book. It is in the same vein as Inkheart, so if you liked that you should enjoy this. Interesting story line. I have ordered the sequel. Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars this is such a goodly read. I recomend it ...
this is such a goodly read. I recomend it to everyone with a child within-more than a childs book though. Blinkin` splendid!!!!
Published 4 months ago by shla
5.0 out of 5 stars I've done this one
I have already done this review once,I did not relise that I would have to do it again but thanks.
Published 9 months ago by Katherine Mc Donald-Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This has a simple storyline but Cornelia Funke seems to weave magic upon magic in every chapter. Is there a sequel in the offing?
Published 10 months ago by liefmama
4.0 out of 5 stars Reckless
Another stunning book by the amazing author Cornelia Funke, about a boy called Jacob reckless who goes to desperate attempt to save his brother William. Read more
Published 12 months ago by aj Yorkshire
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent fairy tale retelling
Will Reckless has followed his brother through a magic mirror into a strange fairy tale world and been slashed by a Goyl, a terrible creature made of stone whose wounds turn flesh... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jo Bennie
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