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Thief of Lies Hardcover – Jan 5 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).
Top Customer Reviews
For starter's I must mention that the cover is probably what drew me in first. The aesthetics is the reason why I even wanted to read the blurb on the back. First off the colours are planned so perfectly and it entices people's eyes. Then you have the brilliant display of books in the background and the subtitle saying "A library Jumper's novel". Now as a enthused reader that already sold the book for me. Next you have the caption stating that loving her would be the death of this said him. Theories were already forming in my head before I even cracked open the book.
A nice component to Thief of Lies was the story. This is the first time stepping into this world and understanding the general premise therefore a lot can happen. Plus there needs to be a lot of information for readers to get lost in the story. It did this, and so much more. I believe Brenda Drake's way of telling me as a reader about what was going on through a character was brilliant. The main female protagonist was new to the Mystic world and so she needed to be taught a lot of the do's and don'ts of being a Sential. I learned a lot about the world and characters, but never once did I feel like it was verbal throw up or confusing.Read more ›
When I first heard about THIEF OF LIES, I was immediately compelled! It reminded me of the movie, The Pagemaster, which I still remember fondly from my childhood. I've always loved the idea of travelling through books, and the library is one of my favourite places...add in a bit of romance, even more magic, an amazing main character, and it just gets better and better!
As soon as I started reading, I didn't want to put THIEF OF LIES down. I loved Gia for her awkwardness with boys, for her tomboy-ish nature, and for her major love of reading, books and libraries. She is most definitely a kindred spirit. :P I especially loved discovering more about the world of Sentinels and the gateway books! It was all so fascinating! I also have a serious, serious soft spot for Arik...the book description is definitely not lying about him. The boy is most assuredly a "leather clad hottie"⎯and I ship him and Gia so freaking much! haha
Along with a fantastic premise and a wonderful main character, THIEF OF LIES, is packed full of some amazing characters. I loved getting to know Gia's friends from home, and really enjoyed getting to know the other sentinels, too. The world-building was also fantastic. I loved how the different intricacies of the sentinels world were revealed, and the magical aspects were so amazing! And the battle orbs were so neat!Read more ›
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The main character, Gia follows a guy in a library as he jumps into a book, and her adventure begins. I f I could trade places with one book character, it would be Gia! Umm, hello its a no brianer for me. She can jump from library to library in an instant. To be able to visit libraries all around the world makes me more excited than I care to admit. Not to mention, the plot is original, the characters are wonderfully developed, the magic and fantasy elements are on point and the romance is 5 star worthy.
Bottom line: this is a book, and a series that YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS. I know it is only January, but I am calling it now- Thief of Lies is going to be one of my favorite books of 2016!
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
It saddens me to say that I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. Thief of Lies, the first in the Library Jumpers series by Brenda Drake, held so much promise within its pages. The synopsis hints at a strong heroine, a hot love interest, magic and magic creatures, and the ability to jump through the pages of books to different libraries across the globe. An intriguing premise for any book lover, especially those with a love for the fantasy genre.
Unfortunately, while the book delivers most of those things, the sum of its parts does not equal a cohesive whole. The strong heroine that we are promised is missing completely and instead we have Gianna Kearns whose character starts out as a kind of mousy bookworm type but is somehow also a trophy-winning athlete, and before long an odd mix of defiant teenager and a confused girl caught up in a world she doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to be in.
Her love interest, Arik, seemingly has no character or backstory other than to be Gia’s eye candy and protector. Though their meeting was cute (bonding over a shared book) and seemed to suggest an interesting character, Arik does not really get any development in the story.
Besides that, their relationship seems to be a case of fickle insta-love (again, no real development). But that’s not the only case of insta-love in the novel! A second love interest for Gia appears, besotted with her without knowing anything about her. Bastian has a bit more of a backstory than Arik but only because it pertains to the progression of the plot.
As it turns out, the magic, magical creatures, and library jumping are all part of this secret world inside of ours that protects humans from strange beasties. Gia is the product of two Sentinels, kind of magic guardian of the library portals and a slayer of beasties. There is a strange prophecy surrounding Gia’s birth and she is dragged into this magical world to help bring about its end (I think).
Somehow this prophecy involves all kinds of other magical beasties (friendly ones that aren’t really explained or given much of a description of), good and evil wizards, witches, flashbacks of bad stuff through some kind of seer or seer-like power, keys to deranged monsters, etc., etc. etc. Honestly, this books need a family tree, a world map, and a lot more world-building to make sense of all of the things.
In the end, I am just kind of disappointed and confused. 2 stars.
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
This book had the makings to be amazing and ticked all the boxes before I picked it up; with the mention of a hot love interest, strong female character, magic and libraries with books it was a must read. Unfortunately these were just tropes that continuously popped up in a way that made me roll my eyes (I even had to laugh at myself writing that list).
It almost felt like I had read the book before, with so many aspects similar to other books (the beginning especially paralleled City of Bones in a way) that in all honesty I probably would have preferred to be reading. Comparisons were therefore unavoidable and didn’t bode well for Thief of Lies – amazing title that also cemented in my brain that the idea for this story was better in theory.
Similarly, the Gia in the synopsis that “would rather fight with boys than kiss them” was nowhere to be seen. Instead I found a girl whose thoughts didn’t match her actions, who was stubborn in the most stupid places just for the hell of it and compliant as a mouse in others, whose powers came easily just when she needed them because the plot demanded it, who didn’t think she was anything special until the guy/people around her continually said so and who chastised herself every few pages while complaining about everything else in her life which got old fast. In the end I couldn’t relate to Gia because I couldn’t understand her.
Arik wasn’t much better with his “we mustn’t be together or the world will end” attitude one minute and then “screw it, she’s hot” way of thinking the next, only to go back again… The boy frustrated me more than anything else. Which nicely sums up my feelings on the book in general and the fact is disappointing because I not only wanted to love Thief of Lies but thought I would – alas, no. Though I'm sure others will.
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Gia it a total bookworm, she loves being surrounded by old and new titles and can often be found nose deep in a book. The ever-inquisitive Gia observes what she thinks is just a normal guy in the library but when he disappears into a book, she can’t help but delve deeper into his mysterious disappearance. In doing so she sucks herself and her friends into the book, only to come out half way across the world in Paris and face to face with a demon. Tossed into a magical world she knows nothing about Gia must try her best to save her friends but when she’s the answer to a long forgotten prophecy, her seemingly normal life will never be the same again.
“Gia, you can never be lonely in the company of books.”
Firstly I just need to say how I much I enjoyed Gia as an MC. She was strong, clever and witty but what I appreciated most about her was her practical, realistic nature. Time and time again in YA heroines go above and beyond to prove that they are not ‘weak’ and this usually ends in disaster. Gia is by no means weak but she is pragmatic, she’s new to this world and doesn’t have much knowledge on magic so when it comes to a situation where she could potentially do more harm than good she doesn’t whine but accepts that this isn’t her fight… well not just yet anyway.
The world building was slow and steady allowing you to adapt along the way, the same goes for the magic, magical creatures and politics of this new world. The romance was adorable and I found myself swooning a time or two, there’s also a possibility of another ship on the horizon and I think given enough time, I just may jump ship but this is not your ordinary good-guy, bad-guy love triangle, not by long shot. It’s the romance that slowly grows on you and before long you’ve completely change your mind, you have to love a ever-changing plot.
Overall Thief of Lies was a spectacular debut by Drake, filled with action, adventure, magic, romance and BOOKS. This fast-paced fantasy filled debut is one you don’t want to miss in 2016. I can’t wait to see what Drake does next and I will be eagerly awaiting Book 2 in the Library Jumpers series. This is a must read for fans of The Girl at Midnight!
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Thief of Lies is told through the eyes of Gianna "Gia" Kearns, an intelligent and literature loving young woman who discovers that nothing is as it first seems when she and her best friends are pulled through a portal from one library in Boston to another in Paris. Setting in motion events that will see Gia learn shocking secrets about her parentage, Thief of Lies introduces readers to a whole new world where magic and monsters mingle.
Those heading into Thief of Lies can be forgiven for thinking the tale would focus heavily around libraries, however in this story the libraries themselves are only a portal and gateway into another land all together and are the start of the world Brenda Drake has created. Drake introduces readers to an interesting concept with the Mystik world in Thief of Lies, made up by all manner of supernatural creatures including witches, wizards and variations on werewolves and vampires that see the author attempt something different than what is in a lot of mainstream YA.
In the tradition of The Mortal Instruments, Thief of Lies sees the main character thrust into a world full of possibility and being thrown by the truth of her true heritage. You know what, for all my comparisons so far, Thief of Lies really does have its own storyline and significant differences. I'm not going to give too much away, but Brenda Drake obviously has some plans for this series.
I really enjoyed Gia as a main character in this book. She had natural charisma and personality. I liked that she was stubborn and embraced her new life once she got over the initial shock. In fact, all the characters were fabulous. From Gia’s human friends and family to the individuals that made up the library Sententials and the Mystik community; Arik, Aftron, Faith, Nick, Carrig, Nana, Sinead, Deirdre, Professor Attwood, Lei, Bastian etc….they all has such different personalities and attributes. Basically I thought they complimented the story well and can’t fault any of them.
Brenda Drake really impressed me with the chemistry between Gia and her main love interest Arik in this novel. Theirs is the kind of forbidden I really love and the will-they-won’t-they that simmered between them was enticing. I loved the sexual tension that exists between them and the attraction that is obviously there. Drake does hint at making things interesting with Bastian, a sexy wizard who begins to vie for Gia’s affection and someone I genuinely like. Gia certainly is spoiled for choice with her men, although at this point in time, Arik is my choice.
With a lot of different elements coming to light and characters in play, Thief of Lies is a very promising start to a new fantasy series. Brenda Drake will appeal to those who love magic, romance and adventure and is sure to leave you looking forward to following Gia on her journey with whatever happens next!