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REVIEW: Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake



Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1)
Release date:  1/5/16
Author: Brenda Drake

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.


When I saw that there was going to be a blog tour for THIEF OF LIES, I immediately jumped at the opportunity because (A) Brenda is basically the Fairy Godmother for writers and (B) libraries??? And magic?? – that’s my two favourite things together.

Immediately, I loved Gia. I liked how concerned she was for her friends, and I also really enjoyed the fact that she had such a strong bond with her step-dad; those kind of relationships are rarely portrayed in a positive manner and it was so refreshing to see. Her character leapt off the page from the get-go, and although she changed and grew over the course of the novel, her characterization was so consistent. Plus, she was snarky and sassy, and some of her comments to and about the other characters made me laugh out loud!

I also really enjoyed the world-building. Sometimes in fantasy books, the world in which the story is set feels flimsy and breakable; however in THIEF OF LIES the world that Gia is immersed into is so richly developed, and as a reader, I felt as though I could sink into it. The one downside with having such a detailed world was that sometimes I would find myself having to flick back a few pages and re-read just to get a handle on the definition of something, but that was a pretty minor issue. I also LOVED the library element to this story and it has definitely driven me mad with wanderlust for the libraries mentioned in the book.

The plot was action-packed to say the least. It twisted and turned and although I kind of got a feel for where it was going, some of the plot twists completely took me by surprise – which I loved. I thought it was interesting and paced really well – the last third of the book I couldn’t put down, and the ending was satisfying and left me wanting more.

I have to say though, the thing that I loved most about THIEF OF LIES was the writing. I’m a massive fan of lyrical writing, and Brenda really hit that nail on the head, without having the writing distract from the story. But seriously, there are some quotable sentences in this book.

The one issue I had with THIEF OF LIES was the amount of characters it had – there are quite a few and it’s easy to get confused. I absolutely adored Arik, and I thought his characterization and chemistry with Gia was very strong, but I would have loved to get to know his fellow Sentinels a bit better. I had the same issue with Nick and Afton, Gia’s best friends – I would love to have seen more of them and their relationship with Gia prior to her travelling to the Mystik world.

I have to say though, I’m sure the sequels to THIEF OF LIES will expand on these relationships and characters. Overall, I really enjoyed THIEF OF LIES and I thought it was a fun, fantastical read that is comparable to Cassandra Clare’s, CITY OF BONES and Victoria Schwab’s the ARCHIVED.



Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). You can find Brenda at her website, on twitter and on Facebook.

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