Reckless (Reckless Series #1)

Reckless (Reckless Series #1)


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Reckless (Reckless Series #1) by Cornelia Funke, Elliott M. Hill

Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive. . . .

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.

Not anymore.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear. . . .

Unless he can find a way to stop it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307583284
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Reckless Series , #1
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Cornelia Funke is an internationally bestselling, multiple-award-winning author, best known for writing the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, and The Thief Lord. Deeming her "a unique talent," Time magazine included Cornelia on its "Time 100," an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Cornelia currently lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.


Los Angeles, CA

Date of Birth:

December 10, 1958

Place of Birth:

Dorsten, Germany


University of Hamburg

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Reckless (Reckless Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 962 reviews.
ReadingTeen More than 1 year ago
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 (
Antonio_S More than 1 year ago
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.
Corey Young More than 1 year ago
for the love of all that is holy, is it so hard to make samples say 'sample' plus arent samples useless since you can usually read the first chapter free anyways?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anybody even read the book title before downloading it? It states "sneak preview" right in the title...
amethyst88 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and it was amazing. I stayed up reading until my eyes were sore and I had a headache, because I didn't want to put it down. I've always been a fan of the Grimm Brothers and when I found out Cornelia Funke was writing a book based on their stories reading it was a no-brainer. This may be even better than the Inkheart book and I'm saying this as a huge fan of that series. Admittedly it's not as complex as those books, but something about it was more captivating. The way Grimms Fairy Tales are interwoven with original ideas and creatures is pure magic. Do yourself a favor and read this book. The only downside is that now I have to endure the wait for the sequel. Another win for Cornelia Funke!
RavynKatt More than 1 year ago
Cornelia Funke has a very distinct writing style that works out well for this book. I bought this book because, like some of her other books, it is recommended for ages 9-12 but was reviewed and recommended for a more mature audience by readers. I have to agree. The subject matter and story of this book should best be left to teen or young adult readers. There is blood and violence, betrayal, and a complex emotional storyline that is more suitable for older readers. The characters are all very distinct, and through the course of this book, they grow and develop by addressing their emotions. The story moves quickly with teasing hints about the past of main character Jacob Reckless's adventures in Mirrorworld, and an ending that finishes the current story while setting up for more exciting adventures. I will definitely be following this series!
PlumPudding More than 1 year ago
When I first began this book, I didn't know what to think. Sometimes, I thought Funke tried to hard for beautiful, poetic writing and that everything was rushed and I was going to write a whole lot about the flaws of this book. And then I decided I didn't want to nitpick it anymore. Funke has a brilliant and beautiful imagination, and she poured all of it into this novel. The concept of the stone people was gorgeous to say the least, and her talent of bringing characters' emotions to the readers is her strongest point here. While some parts of the story did seem a bit random (oh look, I suddenly have this thing that turns me invisible, how convenient!), overall, I really, really liked this book. The atmosphere was engaging, the characters were well-painted and sympathetic, and the plethora of images and imaginative concepts kept me captivated. I only wish that there was a prequel to this story. Jacobs previous adventures were mentioned almost every other page, and I would have really liked to experience those as well. But anyways, a very imaginative and evoking read.
SFerraro26 More than 1 year ago
Just a reminder that we are supposed to be reviewing the book and not the publishers or barnes and nobles failure to advertise it correctly. I am sorry that this happened to you, but I can assure you that the book was well worth the money... I enjoyed this book alot. It kept me interested for hours on end. Didnt want to put it down. HIghly reccomended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I see this a lot when looking around for free ebooks. They use the words SNEAK PREVIEW to mean its only a sample of the book. If you own a Nook you should be aware by now that all the SNEAK PREVIEWS and SAMPLES are free. Your not getting tricked or anything because you didn't spend any money and it's your fault not theirs that you can't read the whole title.
Kate Schmiege More than 1 year ago
I read this book in class it was amazing! The darkest fairy tales really come alive. Do not read it unless you are prepared for a few bad words and pure scaryness. I recomend it for12 and up.
Katelyn Burdick More than 1 year ago
Im eleven and i absolutely loved it. But then again, i love the fantasy books like this, and i can comprehend a lot more than my friends... it felt like it was missing something though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a complex story if you like reading stories that you get scared this a great book and i am only 9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters,plot,and pacing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Inkheart series when I was younger and I am still impressed by Funke' s rich story telling. I am now 14 and the creepiness, mature story telling and fantasy elements incorporated was amazing. You also get fascinating different POV of different characters. The adventure of Jacob saving his brother from turning into a monster and watching the process was heart wrenching. You go through the emotions with the characters and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. It was darker then some of Cornelia Funke's other books,but still just as good! Its definitely worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book in the world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will look for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wha are you 5 as i recall he she said " baddest book ever " um well i dont mean to be mean but the correct way would be worst book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year and I did not know that it was the beginning of a series. I can't wait for the next book now! I admit it was hard for me to get into the book at first, but soon I was hooked. It was full of suspense and imagery and was told from the different characters points of view (like the Inkheart trilogy). I read the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, and The Book Thief before, (which I why I read this book because I like reading books from the same author) and I have to say that Cornelia Funke is a great author! Trust me on this please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book, but it kept me turning the pages!! It's worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really truely is a great read and one which spins a world of its own wich on can enjoy time and time again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesommmmmmmmmme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It hocks youu right in when you start the book. I am only on the second chapter but i love it so far.!!
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I love Cornelia Funke! She brings fairy tales to life and mixes fantasy with reality. I seriously hope she is writing a sequel because I want to know what happens next to the Reckless family. Jacob Restless seems an unlikely hero in the beginning but soon proves the opposite. READ IT!!!!