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Guest review: Reckless

November 12, 2011

When I saw this book, I immediately thought of my sister, Karen, and I asked her if she’d like to read it.  She replied with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”  Here’s what she had to say about it:

The sudden disappearance of John Reckless forever changes the lives of his sons Jacob and Will.  Forbidden by their mother from entering their father’s study, Jacob willfully disobeys her hoping to find some clue as to what happened to his father.  One night during one of his searches a piece of paper slips from one of his dad’s books.  On it is written these words:  “THE MIRROR WILL OPEN ONLY FOR HE WHO CANNOT SEE HIMSELF.”  His eyes are immediately drawn to the strange mirror hanging on the wall.  It takes him awhile, but when he finally realizes what the words mean, he places his hand over the mirror and instantly finds himself whisked to another world.  The Mirrorworld is a strange, magical place where danger lurks around every corner.  Jacob finds himself drawn repeatedly back to the Mirrorworld where he can escape from the sadness of his life.  His absences grow more frequent and prolonged, and he manages to keep the secret for years.  Younger brother Will, feeling alone and abandoned, follows him into the study one day and finds Jacob with his hand on the mirror.  When Will follows him into the Mirrorworld, Jacob’s slip up turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life and he berates himself for his carelessness.  Can Jacob save his brother and if so at what cost?

Reckless is Cornelia Funke’s latest novel .  I’ve been a fan ever since I read her Inkworld trilogy:   Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath.  She is a master of the young adult fantasy genre, and her latest book does not disappoint.  Funke skillfully weaves a lot of fairy tale elements into her story, but with a decidedly different twist. Judging by the number of new shows on television and coming attractions at the movie theater this seems to be a popular trend.  Filled with non-stop action, desperate young heroes, cold hearted merciless villains, and an assortment of other wicked characters this novel will appeal to fantasy and adventure fans of any age.  I enthusiastically recommend Reckless and anxiously await the next book in the series.

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Review copy provided by Little Brown Kids. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2011 5:45 am

    I too am a fan of Funke’s so I’m glad to hear that her new one is not a disappointment. I’ll have to get this one.

  2. November 12, 2011 7:52 am

    I still haven’t given Funke a try! 😦

  3. November 12, 2011 8:06 am

    wow, what a cover! I have not read this author (yet)….

  4. November 12, 2011 8:09 am

    I have several of Funke’s books on my bookshelf that I want to read. My kids loved the movie version of Inkheart and Reckless sounds wonderful too. Thanks for the great review, Karen!

  5. November 12, 2011 10:50 am

    The kids at my MS love this author. I must get this one processed so they can check it out!

  6. November 12, 2011 4:52 pm

    Tell your sister, thanks for sharing! I’m so glad she enjoyed this book. I have yet to read anything by that author.

  7. November 12, 2011 8:46 pm

    Although the cover kind of scares me, the books sounds kind of fun and interesting.

  8. November 13, 2011 2:14 pm

    I saw this one at the library, the translation perhaps, must check

  9. Angie S. permalink
    November 13, 2011 7:48 pm

    My son and I loved Inkheart. We’ll have to check this one out as well! Thanks Kathy (and Karen) for the review!

  10. November 14, 2011 8:08 pm

    Great review Karen! I’ve read one of the author’s books and enjoyed it, now I’m looking forward to this one too.

  11. November 17, 2011 11:36 am

    Hi Karen! Glad to hear you enjoyed this book! It’s on my daughter’s shelf, but she hasn’t had a chance to read it yet. She wants to read Inkheart first.

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