[Review] Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake


Title: Thief of Lies
Author: Brenda Drake
Series: Library Jumpers #1 
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Release Date: January 5th 2016 
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 is about Gia, who along with her two best friends, Nick and Afton, fall head first into a mystical new world with wizards, fae, sentinels and, of course, evil.

I absolutely adore the lore and the world building with the way the sentinels are created and the whole library jumping thing. It must be so cool to jump through a book to visit the most beautiful libraries in the world. I also thought it was interesting and new that the spells were all in Italian, since spells tend to follow the tradition of being in Latin. All of this world building and explanation of lore was done very organically since Gia starts out in Boston and unknowing about this Mystik world like us the readers. We learn about the world just as she does.

Her quest is definitely interesting as well and I can't wait to see more of the prophecy and her quest play out in the next book.

I love Gianna. She's so very real in her stubbornness and her fears. I love how she adores the Secret Garden and how she goes to find a copy of it every time she visits a new library . She is most definitely brave in the way she goes into the battles and helps protect her friends and this new world she is thrust into and prophesied about. She's fantastic.

Can we just take a second here to appreciate Arik (pronounced ah-rik) and all his swoony glory? O my freaking God. Arik is this tall, black haired sentinel with an Irish accent that can quote the Secret Garden (which obvi captures Gia's interest). He's a little over protective of Gia, who quickly asserts that she can take care of herself thank you very much. The chemistry between the two is pretty evident and omygod there's a kiss in this book that I read in public and it very nearly made me blush. STEAMY.

Overall this book was a super fun ride! Thief of Lies is an action packed fantasy novel with a swoony love interest and a great world and quest. I can't wait to read the next book! What a way to start off my reading for 2016!

If you're interested, check out an excerpt for THIEF OF LIES here!

Happy Reading!
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  1. I'm glad to see that you liked this one! I ended up finding it okay but pretty similar to the Mortal Instruments.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I haven't really read The Mortal Instruments, so I can't really compare, but I'm glad you liked it! :D

  2. Entangled sent me two finished copies in the mail of this book, so I am intrigued more now then I was. I am giving away the extra one. I am glad to see you liked this one though! Arik sounds so swoon worthy, must read about him soon!

    Great Review!

    Amber ❤ The Book Bratz

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it Amber! Arik is SO swoony and omygod the kiss scene. SO steamy!

  3. I definitely loved the whole library jumping idea! Wasn't that big of a fan about the romance, but I still enjoyed the ride ;)

    Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef

    1. Yes! The whole library jumping thing is way cool! I would love to be able to do that! (preferably without being chased by monsters LOL). I'm glad you enjoyed it despite not really enjoying the romance!


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