- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (1 Mar. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633752216
- ISBN-13: 978-1633752214
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,976,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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Immediately, I loved Gia. I liked how concerned she was for her friends, and I also really enjoyed the fact that she had such a strong bond with her step-dad; those kind of relationships are rarely portrayed in a positive manner and it was so refreshing to see. Her character leapt off the page from the get-go, and although she changed and grew over the course of the novel, her characterization was so consistent. Plus, she was snarky and sassy, and some of her comments to and about the other characters made me laugh out loud!
I also really enjoyed the world-building. Sometimes in fantasy books, the world in which the story is set feels flimsy and breakable; however in THIEF OF LIES the world that Gia is immersed into is so richly developed, and as a reader, I felt as though I could sink into it. The one downside with having such a detailed world was that sometimes I would find myself having to flick back a few pages and re-read just to get a handle on the definition of something, but that was a pretty minor issue. I also LOVED the library element to this story and it has definitely driven me mad with wanderlust for the libraries mentioned in the book.
The plot was action-packed to say the least. It twisted and turned and although I kind of got a feel for where it was going, some of the plot twists completely took me by surprise – which I loved. I thought it was interesting and paced really well – the last third of the book I couldn’t put down, and the ending was satisfying and left me wanting more.
I have to say though, the thing that I loved most about THIEF OF LIES was the writing. I’m a massive fan of lyrical writing, and Brenda really hit that nail on the head, without having the writing distract from the story. But seriously, there are some quotable sentences in this book.
The one issue I had with THIEF OF LIES was the amount of characters it had – there are quite a few and it’s easy to get confused. I absolutely adored Arik, and I thought his characterization and chemistry with Gia was very strong, but I would have loved to get to know his fellow Sentinels a bit better. I had the same issue with Nick and Afton, Gia’s best friends – I would love to have seen more of them and their relationship with Gia prior to her travelling to the Mystik world.
I have to say though, I’m sure the sequels to THIEF OF LIES will expand on these relationships and characters. Overall, I really enjoyed THIEF OF LIES and I thought it was a fun, fantastical read that is comparable to Cassandra Clare’s, CITY OF BONES and Victoria Schwab’s the ARCHIVED.
Gia and her friends are going to visit a lush library, Boston Athenaeum. Every reader's dream, right? Little does she know, she is about to uncover a hidden deadly secret. She sees an interesting character in the library that seems to just disappear. Gia can't help herself and goes to check out the book he's been reading. Before she knows it she has discovered the truth behind her family, and the world she didn't know existed. She and her friends are sucked into the book and find themselves in a different library. Now the clock is ticking as not everyone is happy with their discovery. They meet some new friends, explore the unknown, find out all about magic and a potential prophesy.
Thief of lies is the first book in a trilogy. It's the setup novel and it has quite a bit of ground to cover. I liked the idea of the book more than the execution. Now we know the characters, and the scene is set I'm hoping book two will be so much more.
3.5 so it of 5. A good starting point.
Gia and her friends are working on a summer project for school when she accidentally bumps into cute boy wearing a leather jacket. Curiosity gets the better of her and she follows him… right through a magical book to another library. Suddenly, Gia discovers a whole new world, one filled with magic and magical beings. The sexy boy’s name is Arik and he leads her on a wondrous adventure, filled with rival wizards/witches, sentinels, vampires and a deep dark family secret. Her feelings for Arik grow, no matter how much he tries to stay away from her. Then she meets her “fiancée” in the magical realm and sparks fly. Her heart wars with her head. Is she really the key to the end of the world or could that just be a typo? One thing’s for sure, she better learn magic quickly or else she could be dead before morning.
Thief of Lies is addictive, full of action scenes where magic rules all, not to mention a slow-burning romance between Arik and Gia. The world building Drake achieves is second to none. I mean, I wanted to transport in Gia’s place. The plot moves at a fast pace with several intriguing twists I didn’t see coming. Not all the characters survive and that’s the sad part. Gia’s past (who she is and what she must do) unfolds a little bit at a time so the reader discovers it as Gia does.
I can’t say enough good things about this book! If you love urban fantasy, please 1-click today. You’ll love the characters and the backstory, not to mention that there’s more to come in this series. I, for one, can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Favorite Character/Quote: Arik. I love how protective he is of her from the very beginning. They have an instant attraction in the Boston library and while some readers/reviewers despise instant attraction, I really don’t mind. Arik connects with Gia on so many levels and when he tries to distance himself from her, he finds it most difficult. He’s a strong character and takes over scenes but I like that in my hero.
My Rating: 5 stars
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