Review: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) by Brenda Drake

January 28, 2016 Review 1

Review:  Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) by Brenda DrakeThief of Lies by Brenda Drake
Series: Library Jumpers, #1
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 6, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

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.

THIEF OF LIES had an interesting premise with teens being able to travel through the world by books in libraries around the world. That's what drew me to the story and after I finished the book I felt overwhelmed with information about this world that I think I understand. Is this a world where the magical world is hidden like in HARRY POTTER? Is it a multidimensional thing?  This book had so many ideas in it that I wished for a bit of time in the story for me to get comfortable with everything. Basically Gia is thrust into a world of vampires, wizards, secret conspiracies and prophecies, magic, love triangles galore and I applaud her ability to actually keep up and not curl up into a ball in the corner.

The magic in this story really confused me. There are globes or balls that people carry around that help them do magic. I may be getting it wrong but the point is that I was so hung up on the storage of these globes. Where do they put them when not in use? As I previously mentioned I came to this book because of libraries and books. They are really the method for travel or the occasional meeting place and nothing more. I was kind of expecting more adventure porting through books in random libraries.

Gia was an okay character though I could have liked her better had she not been entangled in the classic YA love triangle scenario. Of course both guys are hot and one is a bad boy with a sexy accent and a dark secret. After hearing how attractive these guys were and conflict in choosing between the two I started skimming any section that didn't involve things about the central plot. Granted, I tend to have trouble getting into YA romance as I really can't relate to them and tend to find them silly, so a love triangle or relationship has to be really awesome for me to not want to roll my eyes and skim.

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One Response to “Review: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) by Brenda Drake”

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    I have been seeing some mixed opinion on this one, but I don’t recall anyone mentioning a love triangle. I am honestly sick to death of love triangles. Never really been a fan of them to begin with. Glad you were still able to enjoy this one in some way though! Nice review!