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107 out of 114 people found this review helpful.

Reading Teen Review of Reckless

I picked this book up at ALA 10 for my ten-year-old daughter. I got it signed for her and everything. She loved the Inkheart series and was really excited to start reading it, but after about 15 pages, she brought it to me and said, "I don't understand what's happenin...
I picked this book up at ALA 10 for my ten-year-old daughter. I got it signed for her and everything. She loved the Inkheart series and was really excited to start reading it, but after about 15 pages, she brought it to me and said, "I don't understand what's happening, this book makes no sense." So, I told her that I'd read it, and try to explain it to her. I am SO glad that I started this book....for two reasons. First, my ten-year-old is not ready for it. There was way too much bone-chilling creepiness, and there was also quite a lot of adult innuendo (the main character is 24) that she either wouldn't understand, or shouldn't be reading at ten.

The second reason is that I REALLY liked it a lot!! Unfortunately, if she hadn't brought it to me, I don't know that I would have ever picked it up, which makes me sad because I'm afraid that people who would love it, won't read it because it's marked (presently anyway) for 9-12 year olds.

So, why did I like this book so much? It was like The Lord of the Rings crossed with The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. I loved reading about the world behind the mirror! There were witches, and fairies, and dwarfs, and creepy stone creatures called Goyl. Then there were familiar fairy tale characters like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty (who was still sleeping because her prince never came for her). The story changes perspective several times as it is told by many different points of view, including Jacob, a loner who finds his place in this alternate world, Jacob's loyal female companion and shape-shifter, Fox, Jacob's brother, Will, who is rapidly turning into a Goyl, Will's fiery girlfriend, Clara, Hentzau, the captain of the evil Goyl King's army, and a few others. Though I think it might be confusing for younger readers, I thoroughly enjoyed reading from all these points of view. It was even interesting reading from the villain's outlook!

The creepy-factor was big in this book, too. If you're a fan of the Brothers Grimm or Tim Burton type movies, you will definitely appreciate the bizarre, and eerily terrifying creatures in Reckless. Some of them seriously gave me chills. "The Tailor"....that's all I'm saying.

I loved everything about this mystical world that Cornelia Funke twisted to make her own. I never knew what was going to happen next, or what creature they would encounter on their quest to free Will from the flesh-eating stone that was consuming him. The only complaint that I have is that I wish that we were able to get to know the characters a little better. I didn't feel like I got to know Jacob, or Will very well, which made it hard for me to care as much about what happened to them. Hopefully they will be fleshed out a little more in the next book which I can't wait to read! I hope that you won't let the age recommendation keep you from this book, and I hope you'll love it as much as I did.

Reckless is an Epic adventure with a creepy twist on all the Fairytales we know and love. "If you're looking for happily ever after, you've come to the wrong place."

Andye (http://ReadingTeen.net/)

posted by ReadingTeen on August 5, 2010

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59 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

Free eBook is only a sample

Most of the other reviews are about the hardcopy edition (which will not come out until Sept. 14, 2010). They are talking about advance copies.
Unfortunately the eBook only contains the first 7 chapters. Thirty three pages in all. The last page announces the release da...
Most of the other reviews are about the hardcopy edition (which will not come out until Sept. 14, 2010). They are talking about advance copies.
Unfortunately the eBook only contains the first 7 chapters. Thirty three pages in all. The last page announces the release date of the full version.
We have been tricked once more.

posted by Antonio_S on September 13, 2010

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A Yearning to Read Review

    I've loved Cornelia Funke's books ever since I read Inkheart "that fateful day" a few years ago. Since then, I've read everything of hers I can get my hands on. Almost every book has been absolutely incredible; only one has been a disappointment (Dragon Rider). I preordered Reckless six months ago, hoping it would be another classic like the Inkbooks...

    In a way it was wonderful, and in a way it was not. I'll list the bad first.
    First thing: I didn't love the translation. I wish wish wish Anthea Bell had translated this one (she translated the Inkbooks), but it was Oliver Latsch. I like his stuff, but sometimes his wording is funny and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Second thing: Cornelia's books may be labled as "children's books", but don't believe it. I can't imagine letting my child read this book. I think a good age to start at is 15. For one this is a very dark story (much of it is derived from the Grimm's fairytales); it also has some sensual scenes invovling men and the fairies they have fallen in love with. The fairies, as stated before, are dark and deceptive, but also very seductive. Jacob and the king of the Goyl love two different fairies, both of whom aren't always faithful.

    And then comes the good...
    Cornelia is a master at weaving a great story, from start to finish. She draws power from folklore and her favorite stories, but she is also incredibly original. Reckless was just so. While it could have been a terrible retelling of Grimm's fairytales (what it was built on and after), it was a wonderful example of taking from the classics without copying them. Another very good aspect of Reckless is that Cornelia is not afraid to give her characters pain. It is what real stories are made of, and this author definitely knows how to toy with her reader's emotions for the characters by making them endure hardship. This is much of what kept me into the book the whole time. Sacrifice and hardship make books so much more real.

    So, in all, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one (she plans on writing at least two more books about Jacob Reckless and his world beyond the mirror). And while this is a novel worth reading (although not a classic in my opinion), it is not for everyone, especially not for children.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    great sneak peak

    the story line is interesting and it did leave me wanting to buy the whole book. i feel like the ending will be way too predictable though.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Check it out!

    This book is written in true Cornelia Funke style. Another world that is a much more primitive version of our own and a guy gets accidentally dropped into it. I didn't find this book to be as engaging as Inkheart, but it was still a good read and I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

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    GREAT BOOK!

    This book took a little bit to get into but, once it did I hard the hardest time putting the book down. When the book ended I was left wondering what happens in the next book. This was overall a great book and I love the fact that it was inspired by the Grimm Brother's stories. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    peace everybody

    i read this book and i like it it is a good book but i guess some people are blonde cause they didnt see that it said PREVIEW on it in big bold letters bye!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Fun experience

    this book is really fun but one thing i have to add is the author doesn't really describe very many details

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    The Book is a wonderful read, full of magical characters and clearly for children. However I enjoyed every bit of it and recommend it to anyone that is young at heart.

    Reckless by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Cornelia Funke; Translated from German by Oliver Latsch.

    John Reckless had a mirror in his office. He used it, as his son, Jacob, discovered to go to another world. For 12 years Jacob tried to find hid father and made a life in this alternate world becoming the best trader in the realm. However, twelve years later, Jacob's brother, Will, discovers the mirror and crosses over to Jacob's world. Unfortunately Will comes with his girlfriend, Clara. Jacob's new world is at war, the Stone Goyls vs the Empress Therese. The Empress has lost the war, but to save face offers her daughter in marriage to the King of the Goyls, Kami'en.

    Unfortunately, Will is clawwed by a Goyl, and he slowly starts to turn into an opal goyle-who is the one predicted by the Dark Fairy as the savior of their king. Dark magic, will turn Will into a beast, break Clara's heart, and Jacob has but a few days to save them all before it's too late. He will use all he's learned in his twelve year stay in this world to save his brother from a certain death.

    The Book is a wonderful read, full of magical characters and clearly for children. However I enjoyed every bit of it and recommend it to anyone that is young at heart.

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