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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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ARC Review: Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake (Sophia Lays Claim on Bastien)

Thief of Lies

Library Jumpers #1

Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Publisher: EntangledTeen

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.
Advanced copy provided by Entangled Teen via Netgalley – thanks!

Fortune Cookie Meterologist says, "Partly sunny with a chance of love/hate relationship."

Love: Did someone say library? As in, libraries have portals? EEEP. THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL.

Hate: There's a love triangle, and both Arik and Bastien are quite overprotective of Gia. Oh, and they act like she's a damsel in distress.
You have to see me safely to my room? What part of me screams damsel in distress to everyone around here?
Love Like: The corners of said love triangle: Arik and Bastien, particularly the latter. They're overprotective and arrogant and all, but they have some redeeming qualities here and there. I'm not sure about Arik yet, but Bastien is secretly sweet. (Mine, okay? Mine. The rest of you can fight over Arik. *scurries Bastien away*)

Hate: Gia's jealousy is very heavy. It's so heavy, her jealousy almost borders on obsession.

Love: Diversity. Brenda Drake incorporates so much diversity in . Most of the characters are from all corners of the world – Asia, India, Africa, France, Ireland, Italian and spells are typically told in each realm's native language instead of the typical Latin. I like that a lot.

Hate: Occasionally there's an information blow up, especially when Gia is introduced to the Sentinel world, half wizard half knight people who protect libraries around the world from malicious beings.

Love: Learning about the Sentinel/Wizard world is really interesting, but that might be my Erudite side making an appearance.

Hate: Instalove. Have I mentioned Gia's jealousy almost borders on obsession? Yeah, She's in love with Arik early on.
The sound of my name off his lips melted me.
Love: Brenda Drake's writing style. Drake is awesome at accents and the occasional tidbit of humor here and there.
Arik: Are you barmy?
Gia: What is that supposed to mean? Speak English, already.
Arik: I live in England. I am speaking English.
Hate: Oh. I can't think of any now. I've mentioned Gia's jealousy, the instalove, the love triangle, the ever so interesting information blowup sometimes that isn't exactly overwhelming...

I'm just filling this space to go with the pattern. Have I mentioned manly smell is mentioned? That might be a pet peeve now.

Love: Future cousin rivalry? If that's a fact, this could become lots and lots of fun in the future. Nothing is more entertaining than screwed up family history in the works (okay, my family history is screwed up as well).

Verdict: I claim Bastien and running away until the sequel comes out.

P.S. I felt like playing with my reviews. It's new food for the new year. Consider me curious.

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