TRUST: Book One: Between Lions Series

TRUST: Book One: Between Lions Series

by Jodi Baker

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ISBN-13: 9780986431708
Publisher: Jodi Baker
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Series: Between Lions , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

As a child the only punishment Jodi ever feared was not being allowed her weekly visit to the library. At boarding school, though an enthusiastic student, her late night reading fests frequently made her late for first period. Luckily, it was a high school for Performing Arts, where the classes she was good at (writing, theatre, dance & visual art) happened in the afternoon. After attending Carnegie Mellon University, she spent several months performing plays on the island of Cyprus, which was where she fell in love with mythology. When she returned to the U.S.A. Jodi lived in New York City. After a summer of working as a tour guide for the Natural History Museum, Jodi developed an addiction for wandering through all of NYC's incredible Museums - especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also spent many hours sitting between the infamous library lions dreaming up the kinds of books she wanted to create. Now she happily lives in Los Angeles with two Anubis-y looking dogs in a house lined with books instead of wallpaper. Jodi Baker loves writing & reading Young Adult Urban Fantasy Mythological stories tinged with romance. In addition to her young adult series, Jodi is also working on a middle grade fiction fantasy series. The second book in the BETWEEN LIONS series will be available summer of 2017.

TRUST is her first book.

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Trust: Book One: Between Lions Series 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
tcchristian More than 1 year ago
Well, first let me start by saying that I don't normally write reviews but I had to make an exception for this one-it's that good. I read a lot of YA books, so I happen to know there are some pretty awesome authors out there. I couldn’t believe this is actually a debut novel/author! The writing literally sears the page with words so powerful they become branded into your mind and characters so vivid they come alive to the point where your own heart is pounding right along with theirs while reading the action and romance scenes. I’m totally invested in this series…I will be first in line when the next book comes out! So now my question is why are you still reading this when you should be reading Trust?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trust by Jodi Baker is the start of something big. Baker begins with a gripping prologue that draws the reader in and sets the tone and pacing for the rest … or the beginning of what I’m predicting as an epic journey. We’re introduced to Anna and her mother, Kalista and things seem fairly normal and get even more normal when Patrick and Clayton come into the mix. But that’s as far as it goes. About ten percent into the novel, we’re thrown into a somewhat different world, and seeing this through Anna’s eyes, or should I say discovering it, is one of the things that makes this piece of the puzzle special. Anna doesn’t know what’s going on and with a little help from the big voice inside her head, INANNA, we have the pleasure of figuring it all out together. Baker does a good job with character development (with action and dialogue) throughout, making the characters different enough from each other, never confusing the reader as to who’s talking. She also makes them interesting and colorful enough that you’ll want to follow them throughout this fantastical mystery. The author does a great job with world-building and backstory as the novel progresses on a need-to-know basis which keeps the narrative moving forward, never bogging it down. Whether Baker is describing ferocious were-creatures and their attacks or the mesmerizing Museion of another world the imagery she uses transports the reader inside the pages of the world she’s created. It’s a race from start to finish and the evolution of Anna from submissive teen to determined heroine is both satisfying and provocative as we long to see more of her and experience more of this story as it unfolds. I’m looking forward to [the] Truth.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
Rating 5 Anna wakes up between the two lions, Patience and Fortitude, in front of the New York Public Library. She has no idea how she got there and she hears voices in her head. First there is Anna’s voice, She is kinda talking to herself...I know I would be in that situation. The second voice is what she is thinking. Now, the third voice is IN ANNA. In Anna is that voice we all have deep inside us that tells us things...that voice we tend to ignore or turn off when we should be listening. Anna is confused, scared and all of these voices are driving her a bit nutso. She finds herself caught up in an ancient war with the highest possible of stakes. There are clues galore and Anna reaches for what she knows best to help her...books. The author has thrown in and quoted from many books that Anna grew up with; using them to help her navigate through the maze of the Museion...an ancient and massive library containing all knowledge. I’m thinking, “Yes! I’ve read that one and that one. Hmmm, I better take a look at that one.” By this time I’m so caught up in the story, there was no turning back. I was IN the story. Trust has everything... ancient history, mythology, there are werejaguars and werejackels. There is magic and romance. This is a fast paced story so hang on! And there are books...soooo many books. So much knowledge in the pendulum, so much at stake. Then there is Anna ...and I’m right there beside her. Yep, I’m scared. And I LOVE IT!!!
CathrineLake More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook from Netgalley for an honest review. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The research that had to have gone into this novel is breathtaking. The history that Jodi that was written in a way of learning while we saw Anna trying to just understand what was happening to her is outstanding. There are a lot of questions you will have at the end of Trust but I am Trusting in Judi to give us some answer in the next one.
AHopeKing More than 1 year ago
I am not a professional reviewer, rather an adult that likes to take an occasional break from her hefty graduate school reading load with an intriguing, thought-provoking fantasy book. Jodi Baker’s ‘Trust’ hit the spot this summer, and I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the upcoming physical book as well as, of course, the following two books in the trilogy. I won’t focus much on the plot here. Rather, I want to mention what it is about ‘Trust’ that makes it unlike much of the young adult fiction I’ve read and, in my opinion, a great contribution to the genre. On one level, the intricate, descriptive writing in ‘Trust’ creates an elaborate and thrilling journey traversing the time and space between Ancient Greece and modern New York City. While on this journey, readers are exposed to relevant tidbits of culture and history in a way that not only entertains, but also educates. This characteristic of ‘Trust’ makes it a valuable addition in young adult fiction arena, as Baker’s writing style does not forsake rich cultural and historic material for the more superficial goal of entertaining a young reader. As someone in the field of education, I think this is fantastic, because these readers are at a prime age to learn recreational reading can also be intellectually stimulating and enriching. On another level, the themes in this coming-of-age story provide valuable and positive messages for young people. The book’s title ‘Trust’ contextualizes Anna’s story around an issue that is difficult for any adolescent. What does a teenager do when the one adult they trust in the world has been untruthful on the most fundamental of levels? Anna’s reaction to the feeling of betrayal is to embrace her newfound history and abilities and set out to find her own truth, all the while becoming independent. She learns she is the ‘key’ to everything in her world, something in this story that makes it very much about personal empowerment and hidden potential. On a related note, I quite appreciated that, while there are hints of young love budding, the boy-girl/falling in love theme was far from central to Anna’s story. In this way, ‘Trust’ implicitly comments that growing up, especially as a young woman in today’s world, is really about the relationship you build with yourself, how you find your own voice, and how you fulfill your own extraordinary destiny. This is a message that is too absent from much young adult fiction.
Minervas_Owl More than 1 year ago
YA lit has new rising star! I found "Trust" a delight to read – an imaginative, page-turner marrying once and future mythology. Yes, the protagonist, Anna, is an exceptional home-schooled wunderkind, but as such she is an ideal model for other bookish outsiders in search of identity and learning to trust an inner voice over pressures to conform. As the title suggests, it is a quest for truth. Throughout the book, Anna grapples with trying to discern for herself fact from the fictions she was raised on – a family mythology her mother spun to keep her safe, a web of lies, truths and half-truths. So, basically, every girl's journey through adolescence. Baker is a welcome new voice on the juvi lit scene and, if you ask me, Anna is Harry Potter's Hermione's heir apparent. A magical adventure story as well as a classic mystery, even a budding love story, "Trust" left me wanting to learn more.. – I look forward to the sequels! My favorite line: EVERY VILLAIN IS THE HERO OF HER OWN STORY. Particularly suitable for girls ages 9 and up.
Severine_by_the_Sea More than 1 year ago
Required summer reading for bibliophiles, history lovers, and anyone looking for a delightful story they haven't already heard. Anna is an irresistible narrator – the kind of teenage girl every one of us would've wanted as a friend. She is bright, inquisitive, courageous, headstrong, loving, and loyal. The irony, of course, is that she grew up isolated away from kids her own age, dependent solely upon her brilliant, nurturing, and somewhat demanding mother for companionship. Her cloistered childhood makes reading this book feel like we're taking a special role in her story -- that of adopted kin, privvy to her secret, inner life, and the extraordinary adventures that befall her when her mother does the unthinkable – falls in love and doubles the size of their small clan, with the addition of a stepfather and stepbrother. That scenario would be traumatic for many young girls, but Anna's unique heritage means she is in for much more than the usual "adventures in a blended family." These are some action-packed pages, and I admit, I found myself daydreaming about which tough, captivating young actress will bring Anna and her journey to life on the big screen. Author Jodi Baker is an expert weaver of words. Her prose is smooth and assured – evocative and textured, but never self-conscious or precious. Anna is wise beyond her years, but she talks like a teenager and reacts like a teenager, thank God. This is an intoxicating story, but it is also grounded in truth. It's hard to miss the main theme – it's right there in the title – but the tale is so delicately and insightfully stitched that it never feels the least bit preachy or hollow. As I mentioned, Anna uses contemporary adolescent language, and that includes a few (but no more than a few) well-placed F-bombs. I definitely want my nieces and nephews to read this, but I think I'll have to get permission from the parents of anyone under the age of 13 before I send along a hard copy (due on shelves in the fall). All in all, this was an absolutely delightful summer read. My biggest complaint is that books 2 and 3 have yet to materialize. I am already feeling a little empty inside for having devoured it so quickly. In the case of the Between the Lions Trilogy -- and I say this as the highest of compliments -- the waiting is definitely going to be the hardest part.
Andrea More than 1 year ago
Great writing, great mystery and a great heroine! Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down until I had finished it. I'm really looking forward to the next in this series.