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Story Thieves (Story Thieves #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  1,485 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews
Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.

But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she ca
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2015)
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May 08, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This is my first review!

This book is AMAZING! I knew that I wasn't going to be disappointed with this book. James Riley is my favorite author and when I heard this book was coming out, I was so pumped and excited! Story Thieves is so funny, it will have you laughing at many parts.
I feel I can relate to all the characters in some way. There were so many quotes that I loved from this book.
I was reading in the bus and there was a really funny part, so I started laughing. I didn't realize that
Apr 29, 2016 Christina marked it as to-read
My daughter just read this and made it sound pretty good...think I might sneak it off her shelf ;)
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

And then everything exploded into fire and chaos and awesome.

Ha! is all I want to say to my 2014 self. HA! With Story Thieves, I've come to fully embrace the new year. I think. See, last year I picked up my kindle to read the book, only to put it down in favor of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. AGAIN. Which I don't regret but later on, and blah blah blah, you don't care, I don't.


What do I say? Ummm... this is totally an awesome book! I haven't fangirled so hard about a
My thanks to Aladdin & Edelweiss

Point of View: Dual (Owen & Bethany)
Writing: Third Person | Past Tense
Setting: N/A
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy

It was a wonderful book right from the start until the very end. The storyline was refreshing and so full of action that it kept me on the edge of the seat. I loved how the story progress, from such a measly simple
Feb 11, 2015 BookLoversLife rated it it was amazing
For Owen, life is boring. He longs for something exciting to happen, like his favourite character Kiel Gnomenfoot, well he is in for a big surprise! When he is in the library helping his mother, he sees a book on the floor. Just as he goes to pick it up he sees the book moving and then, impossibly, a hand coming out of it. Next thing he knows, his classmate, Bethany pops out.

He learns that Bethany is half fictional, her father popped out of a book and fell in love with her mother. When Bethany
Frank Chillura
Sep 22, 2014 Frank Chillura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
When reading the synopsis for this book, I was a little hesitant in starting it. It sounds an awful lot like the premise of Inkheart. Well, in Inkheart, the main character can read characters into or out of a book, where as in Story Thieves, the main character can pull people or characters into or out of the book with her. Seeing as how I am a huge fan of Inkheart, I didn't want to be comparing the two stories the entire time I was reading. Sometimes I find that when I see a similarity, ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 08, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Owen loves the fantasy books series about Kiel Gnomenfoot and is looking forward to the last book in the series. When he starts to notice that a girl in his class, Bethany, is acting very suspiciously in class and at the public library, where his mother works, he watches her closely and discovers that she can leap in to stories! When he confronts her, she admits that her father was fictional, and that she jumped into a story given to her at a birthday party when she was very young, and manages ...more
Coreen Manalo
Aug 16, 2016 Coreen Manalo rated it it was ok
I understand why Owen was so excited to have a life that is not consist of school, home and TV because I actually feel the same and if an opportunity presented itself to me just like how Bethany was presented to Owen, I would definitely grab it! My goodness I've been imagining myself inside Hogwarts for like three years now, the smell of strawberries inside the Camp Half-Blood and the feel of Aslan's hide on my fingers. This book made me want to have the things that I couldn't, like travel ...more
Mark Baker
Feb 15, 2015 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2015
Owen lives in the world of his favorite books – at least in his mind. But when he meets Bethany emerging from a book, he realizes he might be able to do that for real. Despite Bethany’s strict rules, Owen tricks her into going and changing the outcome of the sixth Kiel Gnomefoot book. However, the consequences are more than he bargained for. Will he and Bethany be able to return things to the way they should be?

Having dreamed of jumping into books myself, I loved the premise of this book even be
Liza Nahas
May 04, 2015 Liza Nahas rated it it was ok
Great premise, but too many robots for my taste.,
Jun 16, 2016 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Weltenspringer" von James Riley habe ich spontan entdeckt und es hat mich aufgrund der Kurzbeschreibung direkt angesprochen, von daher habe ich dem Buch sehr gerne eine Chance gegeben. Nun, letztendlich muss gesagt sein, dass mir das Buch zwar an sich gefallen hat, die Idee allerdings alles andere als neu ist, sodass die Spannung dabei für mich oftmals auf der Strecke blieb.

Ich habe erst kürzlich das Buch "Die Buchspringer" gelesen und ich muss sagen, dass sich hier vieles ähnelt, was doch sehr
STORY THIEVES by James Riley is an action-packed fantasy that blurs the line between real life and fictional worlds.

What if you could literally dive into a good book? Bethany can. As the child of a real mother and fictional father, she’s able to disappear into any paper book. Bethany has spent years carefully exploring library books for her lost father. When Owen discovers her secret, they begin an adventure that breaks the “fourth wall” mixing the real world with fantasy universes.

This clever
May 31, 2016 Jenni rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was a fun book but I found it a little confusing. I did like the idea of going in and out of books (who wouldn't want to do that?!) but think it may be a little hard for some kids to follow. Second half was better with more action scenes which would probably entice some kids. Loved the librarian school rules (chapter 9).

Favorite quote - "We read about you to be with you, to walk in someone else's shoes, to experience another life. Some of those lives are hard, and others are easy, but we'r
Mar 02, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it

True rating: 4.5 stars.

A terrific read. Riley makes fun of the 'Harry Potter' genre, and I mean, he MAKES FUN! Winning characters, tongue-in-cheek jokes, a rollicking plot, and much more, add up to a heap o' reading pleasure. Though, thankfully, this was not one of those series starters that leave you with a cliffhanger, enough threads remain dangling to make the reader long for the next book. Very well done!
Jul 19, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to explain how brilliant James Riley is. This book was so AWESOME!! :D This book is about two kids named Owen and Bethany who can jump into books. They are not supposed to mess up the story by interfering with characters but in Owens favorite book series The Kiel Knomenfoot series he saves his favorite character but then tons of other thing happen (Not for the good side of things)I don't want to ruin anymore of the book so this is the end of my review.
Maricel Edwards
Apr 02, 2015 Maricel Edwards rated it it was amazing
If this isn't your cup of genre, then at least do yourself a solid and read the acknowledgements. Best. end. of. book. ever. I think James Riley is my new fourth boyfriend. I even forgive him for writing my story idea better than I could ever have hoped to do. Alas, back to the drawing board I go.../mumbles indistinctly about fictional heroes taking a holiday
As Hot As Jack Frost
Jun 21, 2015 As Hot As Jack Frost rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE.

I will write a review as soon as I can!
Sep 11, 2015 MissFaerieKaiti rated it really liked it
*clutches my heart* I think my heart just might burst right now. Warning: I have only just finished reading the book, so I am loaded up on all the feels, so I have no idea if this review is going to make any sense at all.

Now. To attempt the review. This book is a book for booklovers, and it has a book within a book. James Riley practically had to write two books to get Story Thieves. Masterful job there, in my opinion!

First off, I'm so insanely in love with the last few chapters and with Kiel! I
Jul 06, 2016 Tes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
“Think about it this way. You thought of yourself as alone for many years, fighting against Dr. Verity. But there were hundreds, even thousands of readers on my world who lived with you. Who felt every victory, every defeat, and want more than anything for you to win. Who cried, actually cried when they thought you died. Those are the people you’re trying to make suffer, the ones who’ve been on your team this entire time.”


Have you ever wished to meet your favou
May 17, 2016 Sinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kids
Früher oder später wünscht sich jeder von uns die Fähigkeit in ein Buch eintauchen zu können. Und damit ist die übertragene Variante gemeint, in der man sich selbst einfach nur vergisst und dem Leben einer anderen Person anschließt. Nein. Ich meine das durchaus wörtlich.

Was wäre also, wenn wir die Fähigkeit dazu hätten? Wir müssten zB nie wieder Kochen - denn es würde ausreichen sich in ein besonders leckeres Festmahl in zauberhafter Umgebung zu lesen. Auch Urlaube auf dem Mars wären kein Proble
Oct 19, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I was sent a copy of Story Thieves in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks, Aladdin!)

I read the description for Story Thieves and thought that it sounded different and that it could be a good book. That original thought pales in comparison to how great the book really was. This book is classified as a 3-7 grade book, and those are most certainly the prime ages. However, as a person in grade 10, I still really enjoyed reading it and didn't feel as if it talked down to the reader at all, which I
Mar 13, 2015 Jaina rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Hmm. I'm not really sure what to say about this one. Did I love it? Did I hate it? Well, neither. Not yet, anyway.

The plot seems all over the place at times, but it actually comes together pretty cohesively by the end of the book. My main trouble, when I really come down to it, is the characters. Bethany especially just isn't particularly realistic. She's more of a stock character: she's got magical powers, one of her parents is missing/de
Feb 24, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
It took me a very long time to write a review for Story Thieves that didn’t solely consist of incoherent flailing. I’ve read better books than this one, but very few ones that I felt so strongly about. Most of it has to do with the subject manner, which is intensely metafictional. It involves ordinary high school student Owen, who discovers that his classmate Bethany has the ability to jump into books, because her father was a fictional character. He manages to convince her to let him go with ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing
Wow! Uh, Wow! This book leaves you speachless with anticipation for the next book. A unique story plot takes place in this book where fictional meets reality. The best book I've read in a long time!

James Riley did an outstanding job writing this book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Sep 23, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Review originally posted on

As someone who dreams about jumping into books daily, I fell in love with this story before I even read it.

Owen is living a normal and quite boring life until he one day sees his classmate Bethany climbing out of a book in the library. Turns out Bethany is half-fictional and is searching through the fictional worlds to find her (quite fictional) father, who went missing. Owen agrees to keep her secret a secret, but only if she takes him into hi
Nikita the bookworm
Sep 22, 2016 Nikita the bookworm rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Actual rating: 2.9/5 stars
I really wanted to like Story Thieves. I mean, come on, a girl who’s half-fictional and can jump in and out of books; that sounded awesome! Unfortunately, the concept was poorly executed. The story went all over the place (but it did come together at the end).
I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the fictional world vs. real world. The Kiel Gnomenfoot plot line was weird. It was a futuristic fantasy, robots, and space mashup. The author should’ve just st
Stacy Sabala
Aug 21, 2014 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Book Review- Story Thieves by James Riley

Owen is shocked when he witnesses his classmate, Bethany, literally crawl out of the book she was reading earlier that day. In fact he is shocked even further when she pulls him into books with her. At first he believes he dreamed the whole experience, but the next day at school she confirms what happened the night before.
Now Owen is on a mission to learn how to enter the books. He has his own plan of entering his favorite book to save one of the beloved
Feb 09, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Wow! This was SO good!

I picked this up as it came in from our orders at the library. I read the back description and the author description and realized that this was the exact style of humor that I like so much. Honestly, this is a bit of a silly book that just doesn't take itself very seriously, and thus, is a whole lot of fun and giggles.

Some of my favorites:

"Owen wanted to scream at the horror before him. But the sound wouldn't come and the nightmare only continued, forcing Owen to ask hims
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Story Thieves
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Series: Story Thieves
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Story Thieves by James Riley is the type of book that bookworms will adore. It is the perfect combination of Inkheart and Artemis Fowl. The entire book is an action packed , well plotted love letter to books. Owen is a regular kid who likes to read when he discovers his friend Bethany is actually half fictional. She can physically enter books. She is trying to find her father. Owen tricks her into taking him inside a Kiel Gnomefoot book. Thing
Sep 11, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
When Owen witnesses his class mate Bethany crawl out of a book she had been reading he is shocked and mesmerised; surprised when she then pulls him into book with her.

We follow Owen as he tries to learn how to enter books but his plan is to interfere with his favourite story and to change the outcome, something Bethany had warned him shouldn’t be done but he is strong-minded and wants to be a hero but Bethany is upset that he went against what she had advised him.

I enjoyed the friendship Owen an
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