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Thief of Lies
     

Thief of Lies

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by Brenda Drake
 

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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

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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.

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Kirkus Reviews
2016-01-06
A girl learns about her magical heritage and preordained fate just as an evil wizard threatens to take over an enchanted world in this YA series opener by Drake (Touching Fate, 2015). Gia knows she loves libraries. But she doesn't realize that she can use them as portals to other libraries around the globe until she accidentally falls into a book, taking her friends Nick and Afton with her. On the other side, they encounter a horrible creature the size of a rhino under attack by several teenagers in armor, including Arik, a dreamy warrior who shares a love of Gia's favorite children's book. These teens are Sentinels, protectors of the gateways between the human world and the realm of Mystiks, or magical folks. Not only does it turn out that Gia is a Sentinel herself, but she's also the prophesied daughter of two Sentinels—an illegal union—and she may bring about the end of the world. But Gia's not one to let prophecies and rules interfere with her dreams; she agrees to train as a Sentinel for the summer, as long as she'll get her old life back in the fall. But as Gia becomes deeply involved in the Mystik realm, where anyone could be an agent of Conemar, the sinister wizard set on global domination, she realizes that more depends on her there than at home. This familiar-feeling novel boasts some energetic new twists. Drake's worldbuilding is intriguing: powerful battle globes (Arik wields a fire globe; "He can manipulate the fire into a thin whip"), new races of fairy creatures who work in tandem with Sentinels and wizards, and—best of all—portals in libraries, which many readers will eagerly believe are mystical places. And while Gia possesses a clear teen voice, her romantic feelings remain inconsistent; her relationship with Arik seems on again, off again before it ever starts. Other plot points, such as the mistaken identity of a key character, remain muddled. And a late-introduced love triangle seems inserted almost haphazardly. While suffering from too many characters and some convoluted plot elements, this novel still offers an exuberant mashup of portal fantasy and chosen-one motifs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756021
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/03/2017
Series:
Library Jumpers Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
224,721
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.19(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet 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 are 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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Thief of Lies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!! Cant wait for the 2nd book!
Anonymous 3 months ago
What a great book. I love all of the action and the teenage angsts thrown in. I can't wait for the next book!
KaraS 3 months ago
This is the first book in a new series. Brenda Drake has a refreshing take on paranormal. This one has a real literary feel to it. Having so much of the setting take place in some of the world’s famous libraries is ingenious. Gia and her two friends, Afton and Nick spend the day at the Boston Athenaeum to study. However, Gia gets distracted by a hot biker dude who she later finds out is named Arik and he isn’t from this world. After he disappears while they are in the same room – Gia is accidentally transported to his world along with her friends. Once there – they encounter werehounds and have to be saved by Arik and his Sentinel friends. From there – the Mystik world gets more and more mystical. There were parts of the book that were a bit convoluted with all the mystic creatures, legends, etc. However, the theme is a unique one and the forbidden romance between Gia and Arik was sweet to watch develop. Complications arise when you are trying to save the world from evil and you meet your betrothed who you have no intention of marrying. There is definitely going to be more to this story as the series progresses. There’s enough action, romance, and intrigue to satisfy you and it sets up the series to be an interesting one. Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 4 months ago
Rating: 4.5/5 Having participated in the cover reveal for the sequel to this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read this one and what a surprise it turned out to be! I’m not quite sure what I expected, but I certainly hadn’t anticipated it being such an enthralling page turner. It is a YA fantasy in which Gia Kearns is in the Boston Athenaeum with her two best friends when the hottie she’d been looking at suddenly disappears right in front of her. As she doesn’t believe this is possible, she goes to investigate and inadvertently speaks the key phrase that sucks her - and her friends - into the book and away to a library in Paris! Suitably shocked already, they are then attacked before being rescued. This leads on to secrets being uncovered, new abilities being discovered, shocking news about family members and one heck of a brilliant adventure! This is a fast paced story with well developed characters and a magically world to discover. I’m, fairly obviously, someone who loves books and the premise of being able to jump to libraries around the world through magical books, protected by magical knights against magical and demonic creatures, with skilful wizards on both sides! There are even romantic interests sparked, though these can prove both distracting and a dilemma - especially to Gia! I can’t wait to read more in this series which is supposedly for teens but still thoroughly enjoyable to those who, like me, left their teen years behind a few decades ago! This is a fast paced, action packed start to what promises to be an enthralling series. the characters are well developed, with plenty of angst, drama and secrets to be revealed. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys adventures with magical mysteries, battles to be won and humanity to be saved! Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
onemused 5 months ago
“Thief of Lies” is the first in the Library Jumpers series. It had me hooked at the start but lost me a little in the middle/towards the end. Gia is a seemingly normal teenager who likes to hang out in libraries. She goes with her friends Nick and Afton to a pay for membership library in Boston, the Athenaeum, so they can work on their summer reports. At the library, she gets distracted by a hot teen (Arik) who suddenly disappears. She grabs the book he was browsing and sees that it is a book of libraries around the world. A paper falls out, and when she reads it, Gia and her friends are transported to the library on the page that was open. When they arrive, they encounter a ferocious creature, who is killed by the hot guy Gia had noticed before and some others. Gia and her friends learn that there is a whole other magical world- which will now be searching for them, since they were exposed by making the jump. Gia learns that she is the child of two Sentinels who was prophesied to signal Doomsday. Her mother had run and hidden her since she was a baby, and though her mother died when she was four, her stepfather has raised her as his own. He was unaware of this otherworld. Every Sentinel has a Changeling which looks exactly like them and is used to replace them at birth so they can raised and trained in the magical realm. Gia’s Changeling, Diedre, was raised by Gia’s biological father, Carrig, and his fey wife, Sinead. We spend some time learning about this alternate world with wizards and other magical creatures as well as the powers a Sentinel has (they can do specific magic and have wizards in their ancestry). There were a few things that kind of lost me about this new world which is created in the book. So, Sentinels aren’t supposed to marry each other. Instead, they are matched on birth with wizards (most frequently). Obviously, I am getting too bogged down in the details here. Anyway, I am not sure I totally got the magical world and how all the different species interact/exist, which I would have liked to have explained better in the book (not just the DNA but which species do what as several are mentioned without much explanation). There also is a love triangle built between Gia, Arik, and someone else (who I won’t name to avoid spoilers) and it felt a little forced, as did the other between Nick, Afton, and someone else (who I also won’t name). It seemed like a bit too much drama, but maybe that’s just how 16 year olds are meant to be/are (I might be getting too old). It was also interesting that 16 year olds are sent to the frontlines of the magical wars, but I guess this makes sense as 16 was old way back when and we send 18 year olds to war. That being said, it really added a lot of adventure and action to the story to have them out on the front and making the calls in this brewing war. There was a lot more action in the book than I expected from the summary, and it really kept it moving quickly! The magic training, however, was definitely my favorite part, and I liked exploring the types of magic a Sentinel can have and how they use them. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I am curious to read more in the series/see how it evolves. The author has created a really complex world in this book (arguably too complex for the length of the book) and, regardless, it is a really fun adventure story. Please note that I received an e-galley from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are entirely my own.
PHDunn More than 1 year ago
I simply adored this book. The story was exciting, the characters were charming, and the writing was fantastic. Besides, it's about one of my favorite places -- libraries; specifically, magical portals that will take you to the most beautiful libraries in the world. Can this be an actual thing in real life, please??? I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, well-told adventure (with some pretty swoony romance to boot!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read with great characters. I loved the idea of being able to jump from library to library all over the world and wish I could be one of the guardians!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't hate this book, necessarily. It was an okay read with an interesting concept and an okay premise. I was curious to see what Drake would do with the idea of a war in libraries. I felt like it was trying to be like Harry Potter (a chosen one who will change the world because of a prophecy), but it couldn't grasp the wonder that was Hogwarts. My official thoughts are this: too much is going on. By the end of the book, I was still struggling to understand who every character was, their personality, what they had to do with the main plot, the main character, and the world. Most of them I forgot about until they were on the page, and some I got confused with others many times. On top of that, there was so much happening in the plot itself. One time, I thought the book was over because of a climax-like scene, but I still had almost half the book left. It was a bit overwhelming how it kept going and wouldn't end. The romance too was a bit of a hassle to read though. It felt forced, like the boys were only there and and into Gia because romance sells in young adult. I would rather the space that was used up talking about how hot Arik and Bastien would have either been taken away, or put to use in world building or character development. But my biggest problem is that I couldn't connect to the main character. She's smart, pretty, athletic, kind, awesome, and didn't have much of a personality that I could find. To me, she felt generic and I couldn't find anything to connect with. It wasn't necessarily fun to read the story through her point of view. Overall, if you want a light read it's an okay book to pick up.
Booknut101 More than 1 year ago
It's always a relief when you find a YA book that: (A) Uses unique concepts, (B) Features intriguing character names, or (C) Entertains and delights you, the reader. And when you find one that contains all three...you know you've found a winner. As is the case with Brenda Drake's amazing Thief of Lies. Book cover: First of all, the colour theme is simply stunning. I love the colour purple something fierce and this cover uses it to project an overall feel of mystery and magic that draws the reader in immediately. The cover model is also a major win. She's a perfect Gia from head to toe! Her over-the-shoulder look and fierce gaze - paired with the magical object in hand - make for a cover that you won't forget any time soon (and one you'll definitely want gracing your bookshelf). She looks like she knows all of your secrets. Also she kinda looks like she belongs on the cast of Disney's Descendants! I am loving the tagline too. Already my curiosity had reached dangerous levels and I haven't even opened the book yet. Hopefully nobody really dies though...I don't think my bookworm heart could take it! Soooooo much font envy right now. Just look at the perfection that is the cursive 'of'. IT IS SO PRETTY OMGOMG. Plot: I've always believed that libraries were magical places full of books that transported you to other worlds. In Thief of Lies Brenda Drake makes all my wishes come true and makes sure that next time you visit a library you'll be searching relentlessly for leather clad hotties between the bookshelves! Thief of Lies is a magical mix of real-world and fantasy elements which Brenda Drake has blended together most skilfully to create a plot that entertains and informs. But of course the highlight of the plot is the heroine...and her knight in shining armour. Gia is definitely a YA heroine to watch out for. First off, her name is everything. Gia Kearns is an awesome name, as are all the character names in this book (can I get a cheer for Arik?!). I love a book with unique and easy-to-pronounce names so reading Thief of Lies was a total treat! But Gia is more than a pretty name. Her inner thoughts, broadcasted to the reader in italics throughout the book are so much fun to read. It makes Gia that much more down-to-earth and relatable, in turn making her world and her adventures more accessible to the reader. Gia's loveable dorky streak is matched by her strength and bravery, making for a heroine you'll love to root for. As for Arik...insert much fangirling here ;) Favourite quote: 'A memory grabbed at my heart. I was about eight and missing my mother, and Nana Kearns took me to a library. She'd said "Gia, you can never be lonely in the company books."' Have you read Thief of Lies? Which book would you jump in to if you had the chance? Let me know in the comments below! A big thank you to EntangledTEEN and Brenda Drake for the ARC copy of this book. Although I was provided with a review copy by the author and/or publisher, all opinions expressed in the following reviews are purely my own. To find out more, please visit my blog's disclaimer page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Entangled Teen publishing team was kind enough to give me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 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.
ItsPortiasBooks More than 1 year ago
ARC Kindly provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!* THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! When you put libraries and magic together, it is definitely a recipe for excitement. Well, for book nerds anyway. So here we have people who can travel or jump through libraries. There is a whole world that most people have no idea exists. That is of course until someone suddenly finds out it exists because she was all too curious about the hot guy at the library.... Gia is this spunky girl with a great sense of humor. Not boring at all in my opinion, I actually really liked her! There is only one thing that bothers me about her, but more on that later. She has two best friends, Afton and Nick, who are also pretty amazing. Afton is more girly girl, where Gia is more sporty girl. Anyway, there are these Sentinals (aka, hot library guy she was too nosy about) who basically protect humans from the things that go bump in the night or whatever... I have opinions about this, more later. Stay with me. They wield magic in the for of these really cool sphere things that they grow in their hands and use, all of which are activated by Italian. Its a pretty cool magic system, actually. Of course in this whole world there are wizards and witches and fairies and things of that nature. But the Sentinals have a a purpose and were created for a special reason. They each have a very specific magic thing going. I like it. I am not going to go into details on every Sentinal, but I will say I really like the group we happen to be with. Arik is the hot library guy, and the main Sentinal we encounter. And, you know, love interest. I like him well enough. Though I also like Bastian. You know, other love interest. YUP. LOVE TRIANGLE. More on that later as well. This book is action packed, and full of secrets, lies, and revelations. Its about 400 pages, but I not really any dull moments. Definitely a few info dumps, but they were needed. being a fantasy, of course there are some level of politics involved, but I don't feel it was bogged down with it. So now to all the things I I had put off until later... My reasons this is not a five star read. 1. I hate to say this, I hate comparing books, I really really do.... but the Sentinals seem familiar... kind of like.... shadowhunters. But less angelic. I would even go so far as to say the bad guy is very.... Valentine. 2. The situation with Arik was a bit insta-lovey. Yeah. 3. Love triangle. On the bright side, I will say I have no clue who I am leaning towards. I haven't picked a side, so they both have a chance to grow on me. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Its a good, easy to read fantasy. The world building was good, the magic elements are fun, and I like so many of the characters!!!! Thats always great. Definitely recommending this one.
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I've been super excited about this book ever since I heard about it months ago, so I jumped at the chance to read it! I actually chose THIEF OF LIES as the first book that I wanted to read for 2016, and it was an absolutely wonderful choice! I loved it so, so much, and I've been raving about it ever since! :D 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! :D I think if I had to pick some kind of "supernatural" being that I would like to be, a sentinel would be high on that list. ;) Overall, I absolutely loved THIEF OF LIES! It was such a fantastic story, and I got completely wrapped up in Gia's world. I can't wait to read what happens next!! :D *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write another . This book was amazingly written with elements of magic ,want versus need, and characters you can relate with. COULD NOT put it down. Truly hopes she writes another!!!!!!
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
To summarize: This was an exciting book and I really enjoyed it. The whole library jumping and magic system was pretty cool. The pace is done well and kept my attention, although there are a few scenes that feel a bit rushed and a few predictable or cliché parts. The story and the unique concept really makes this book shine. I did like Gia the main character, although I would’ve liked to get more of a feel for her emotions and thoughts in certain scenes. The side characters add something to the book, but with the large cast of character and getting to know little about each of them I did have a hard time separating them at times. The world building is pretty cool and the library jumping and magic part was interesting. Although there are also a few things that remain unclear or could use a bit of elaboration. All in all it was a great book and I am curious to see how the story will continue.
ThatReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that, this was definitely the right choice to start off a year of absolutely incredible books! You have action, adventure, fantasy and then throw in a bit of romance. What more could a girl ask for? Oh…and the fact that the entire story revolves around libraries? Yeah that’s pretty awesome too! So from the start, you meet Gia, a rather average high schooler with a rather average life. She goes to school, does her homework, helps out at home, and absolutely loves to read. It’s no surprise then that she feels completely at home in libraries and lives her life devoid of any type of trouble or excitement. Well at least until she and her friends enter a library, meet a leather clad hottie, and fall through a book to another world none of them could have ever imagined existed. Yeah…that happens. From this point on, Gia’s life is full of danger and adventure. She’s thrust into a life she knows nothing about and only has a brief chance to learn about it before all Hell breaks loose. Not only does she find a world of witches, wizards and fey, she also finds out that she isn’t who she thought she was…and knowledge of who she is…changes EVERYTHING. Now armed with a power she never knew she had and standing with a group of rather interesting magic wielding Sentinels, she is going to have to believe in herself, figure out who she can and can’t trust, and try to figure out if she may be the one to save or destroy the world. I for one, found this book to be absolutely wonderful. I honestly can’t say enough great things about it. The writing style completely drew me in and made reading the beginning to Gia’s story incredibly easy. I fell in love with the characters and found myself hanging on by the edge of my seat throughout the entire book! If this is what we have to look forward to with this series, I for one will be reading each book over and over again! The world Brenda Drake has weaved throughout this story is both intricate and beautiful and I cannot wait to dive into it once again when the next book comes out.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Could you imagine being able to jump from library to library? I mean, you could go to any library in the world! Personally, I think it would be super awesome, but then again I am a huge booknerd... Anyways, the Thief of Lies is about Gia. She lives with her dad, who is actually her step dad, and her mom died some years ago. She doesn't know much about her real father or very much about her mother either for that matter. She does know that she loves her dad as though he was her actual birth father, and that is all that matters to her. She is also some what of a geek. She really enjoys reading and doing research. Her sport of choice is fencing, and she could do research all day every day. In fact, she has a tendency to do it for her friends when they are too lazy to do it themselves. It is while Gia and her friends are off at spectacular library, the Boston Athenaeum, that her life and that of her friends gets turned totally upside down. We can blame it all on the hot guy wearing leather that she runs into. He is the one who left the magical book out that lets special people jump from library to library on the table. Wait? Special? This book was really entertaining. I loved the lore of it all. I thought that Brenda Drake did an excellent job crafting and writing her world. I found it all believable (to the extent you should find a fantasy book believable at least). Thankfully, the awesomeness of this story didn't end with the lore and the world building - the characters were crafted pretty well themselves. I would LOVE to go into detail about all of them, but I want you to read this story and see the world building and the character development for yourselves! You will be well rewarded, that I can promise. The whole story line was a fun ride, one that I cannot wait to continue on. Too bad book 2 isn't out yet. Maybe if I close my eyes and wish really hard it will magically appear before me? Sadly, that didn't work. Until book 2 is here, I will dream of jumping from library to library and sword fights. Maybe my own hot guy in leather will be there? My Rating 4 stars This review is based on an eARC copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/