Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1)
Release date: 1/5/16
Author: Brenda Drake
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears.
While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.
Thief of Lies is a fast paced magical whirlwind of adventure and discovering a dangerous and incredible word of witches, Sentinels, unique creatures (some vicious and good), and so much more.
The story begins with Gia running to meet her friends Nick and Afton at the Boston Athenæum, an exclusive library that ends up setting in motion Gia’s destiny. The author and Gia’s love for libraries really jumps off the page and with such wonderful descriptions, you really feel yourself looking around at the grandeur and history of these amazing places. After all, if you can’t afford to travel the world, just read about it in a book. Or in this case, jump into the magical world of a book and travel through a different dimension to the hidden world of Sentinels. Sounds amazing right? I must say that is probably the most fast-paced book I’ve read in a while. The plot really keeps you on your toes with discoveries very early on, which Gia somehow endures gracefully (despite her affinity to trip over nothing). Despite the rapid plot discoveries, Gia is new to this Mystic world just as the reader is and therefore describes this new world and culture in a very understandable way. Gia becomes a Sentinel student, all the while hiding her true identity from the rest of the Mystic world and what is presumably her destiny.
The author of this book really has a unique sense of humor that had me literally laughing out loud a few times. Although Gia begins training and changing with each new discovery, her cleverness and and sassiness continues throughout the book. There is so much to enjoy while reading this book. I really feel that it uniquely gives each reader something different to enjoy. If you like descriptive books, Drake’s portrayal of her scenes leap off the page with such amazing descriptive architecture and a wonderfully diverse list of characters. If you like books that constantly keep your attention, the large list of plot twists and whirling action scenes truly do grab your attention and make it impossible to put down. If you like good characterization, Drake’s characters are all very unique and their interactions with each other truly do make you believe they’ve known each other for years with their funny quirks and description expressions.
The only quirk I had about this book is the romance felt as fast paced as the plot. Gia’s love interest Arik is the knight in shining armor type of interest originally. He coincidentally starts off Gia’s destiny when her interest in him makes her discover the key words to jumping into the Mystic world. Arik’s character at times could fall a bit flat and often observed by other characters as just being yummy. Although he seems fiercely protective and has his moments of a darker past, I wanted to see more development of him and his interactions with his friends.
Overall this book was very enjoyable and I look forward to the sequel. I would definitely recommend for people that love discovering unique and adventurous new worlds.
About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up 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 Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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