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Reckless (Mirrorworld #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,901 Ratings  ·  1,551 Reviews
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies--most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in t
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Little Brown Books
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Oh dear....
What a disappointing book. The very pages stunk of mediocrity.
The main issue with 'Reckless' lies solely with the characters: Cornelia Funke plunges us right into the middle of the story, with no detail on the characters what-so-ever. Jacob, Will and Clara are possibly THE WORST leads in a novel I have ever read about. There is absolutely no chemistry between them. I couldn't care less about what happens to them.
I imagine Cornelia Funke's brainstorming of these characters was a litt
Feb 01, 2012 Lydia rated it really liked it
I am extremely happy to write a review of this book. It was simply excellent. If you can imagine the fantasy of Tolkien, with the emotional connectivity of modern stories, and an anti-hero Paul Newman would be proud of, you will get a little taste of this tale.

The modern idea of taking timeless fairy tales and "revealing" their true, much darker, origins is an idea Funke plays out in this novel where a young man named Jacob runs from the pain of his youth, through a looking glass, and chooses t
Dec 04, 2015 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people call Cornelia Funke the German J.K. Rowling. She apparently hates to be called so (I like that about her). Of course she would, after all, she is her very own person with her very unique style. The only connection: they both write (or at least started with) children's books.

I always read books in their original language if I can, but although German is my mother tongue, I usually don't find German authors appealing (classics aside).
With Cornelia Funke it's totally different. Her wri
Reading Teen
Aug 04, 2010 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at ALA 10 for my ten-year-old daughter. I got it signed for her and everything. She loved the Inkheart series and was really excited to start reading it, but after about 15 pages, she brought it to me and said, "I don't understand what's happening, this book makes no sense." So, I told her that I'd read it, and try to explain it to her. I am SO glad that I started this book....for two reasons. First, my ten-year-old is not ready for it. There was way too much bone-chilling ...more
Arielle Walker
It's a little heartbreaking to give a Cornelia Funke book such a low rating. Though the Mirrorworld is certainly intriguing, the characters don't feel entirely fleshed out, and the plot rushes by at such a pace that it is all to easy to lose your bearing. The writing has none of the fluidity of the Inkworld series - it's almost difficult to believe the author is the same, though the themes and characters are similar - and Jacob is no Dustfinger. Such comparisons may seem unfair, but the fact rem ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Minli rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, mythic
I'm not sure if it's because this book was originally written in German, and German translated into English is clunky by default (have you ever had to read Weber? remember how fun that was?) but Cornelia Funke's style really takes some getting used to. It's not for everyone--I'm not even sure if it's for me. On one hand, the Mirrorworld was intriguing, and my favourite part was learning that the there were different types of Goyl based on the types of rocks. On the other, Jacob has got to be the ...more
Andrés Velázquez
First when I read the first couple of chapters I felt a bit disapointed because I realized the style was meant like a fantasy adventure book for children. But as I keep reading the book became more and more engaging.

The dark twist in the fairy tale world may not be a new concept but is pretty well handled in this novel, sometimes when authors focus on writting this type of books they only develop certain aspects of the fantastic world delivering an uncreative, unimaginative book. On the contrary
Stephanie Jobe
Feb 29, 2012 Stephanie Jobe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start out with an interesting cover note, the one pictured here is the paperback copy that I have. Featured on the cover is Jacob as distinguished by the fact that his eyes are green, not blue or gold. Though the green swirlies made me unsure at first. The original cover the black with the frame and the green face, that is Will. Now a making fun of myself moment: notice those names? Jacob and Will… hmm that rings a bell… Jacob and Wilhelm… okay so yes they have the Grimm brothers name. The ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What if all those fairy tale stories, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty etc., all those stories with magical creatures or witches, stories of trolls and giants, what if these stories didn't come from the minds of men. What if they were true stories from a different world. A world you could get into through a magical mirror.
This is that story. The story of Jacob Restless, a boy who's father had disappeared years earlier, a boy who one day, while in his fathers study, discovers wri
Dec 31, 2010 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what to say about this book because I honestly don't have a clue what happened in it. It started off so random. We were given little to no background information on the main characters, and then were thrown into a fantasy world where nothing was explained. Funke has an amazing imagination, and I really enjoyed the Inkheart series, but this just didn't interest me. We're constantly reminded that Jacob and Will are brothers, but we never see any relationship between them, nor are ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Retold fairy tales tend to be funny retellings with spunky heroines overcoming obstacles with help from magical animals, and meeting cute with their prince in disguise, or reformed thief. Not this time. This book isn't a BIT funny.

Jacob Reckless discovered the world on the other side of the mirror in his missing father's study years ago. It's a dangerous place that seems to be the origin of all our fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel (there are actual gingerbread houses with child-eating wit
Apr 14, 2012 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Reckless dalam bahasa Indonesia berarti Sembrono. Mungkin nama belakang yang disandang Jacob itu benar-benar mewakili dirinya. Jacob Reckless. Kesembronoan Jacob membuat nyawa adiknya dalam bahaya.

Selama bertahun-tahun, Jacob memiliki dunianya sendiri di balik cermin ajaib di kamar kerja Ayahnya. Semenjak Ayahnya menghilang dan Ibunya yang selalu bermuram durja, Jacob selalu melarikan diri dari kenyataan dan ketakutan hidupnya untuk menikmati petualangan di dunia cermin tersebut. Sampai suatu h
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6hrs and 47mins
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 9
Plot: 5
Characters: 6
World Building: 1
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 5

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: Um, lost in translation?
Thoughts Had: what; i'm confused...


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

Short Review: Um. I didn't know this was translated
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 08, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Back when I read Ms. Funke's Inkheart series, and liked it. I found later that it was a mixed bag as to who liked those and who didn't. The same seems to be true here.

This is the first in the Mirror World series. The series is called that get to the world by passing through a mirror.

Who'd a thought it?

See our young protagonist's father disappeared through the looking-glass when our said protagonist was a boy (much like the protagonist of Inkheart's mother fell through a book I sup
Personally I love re-written fairy tales but even I know there are only so many ways a story can be told before it begins to wear thin. Which is why Reckless is such a refreshing story. It's not a re-written fairy tale but a new tale of love, adventure and danger in a land of magic, where the tales we thought we knew like the back of our hand have a life of their own.

When Jacob Reckless was a child his father all of a sudden disappeared with no trace. Angered by his father's abandonment, his mot
Britt Leigh
Jul 10, 2010 Britt Leigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-reads, ya
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Dec 29, 2010 nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
I loved this book with absolute reckless abandon.

You like what I did there, right, with the cleverness? I could never dream of being as clever as this book. I read it in one entire day, from sunrise to sunset. It's my first Funke experience, but I can't wait to chew through everything else she has ever written.

The interplay of familiar fairy tale stories and characters is beautifully interwoven with a quest tale, political rivals, jealous lovers and love, love, love. Not enough love to prevent a
DNF, 17%

I tried. I really tried.
First, I liked it. Actually, I was intrigued by the universe. All was made to be good. And then... I don't know what happened, I swear. I haven't succeed to enjoy the writer's style. Too sophisticated to me, maybe. The more I went into the book, the more I was lost. Literaly. Maybe I'll continue this book later. I'll probably give it another try when my mind will be ready to fit such an UFO. But now... no. Sorryyyy.
Since the INK trilogy I've been a huge fan of the author, Cornelia Funke's, work, so I thought this book would be easy peasy to fall in love with, like I did with the INK trilogy, only I did not fall in love with Reckless

The book has such a great potential; it has a lot of retelling elements such has Sleeping Beauty and magical creatures such as dwarfs and faeries. The universe behind the mirror was a brilliant idea, but unfortunately I did not find the universe appealing at all. To me it was to
Eric Shaffer
Nov 09, 2012 Eric Shaffer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
November 9 must be a bad day for books because not only did I toss aside The Once and Future King today, but I am pitching this hastily-written, ill-conceived piece of writing in the can, too (Go see my review of White's book to see why). At least T.H. White is working with sentences; Cornelia Funke is pasting together fragments, bits of text that have all the auditory significance and irritation of a hacking cough. I am not sure from where comes her sudden infatuation with fragments--incomplete ...more
Is it just a coincidence or is the thief as protagonist the latest fashion in fantasy novels these days? I spent the spring and summer reading Sarah Prineas" and Megan Whalen Turner"s series about rascally pickpockets turned heroes, and now Cornelia Funke adds Reckless to her earlier novel The Thief Lord.

Unfortunately, Reckless didn't give me anyone to care about until about half way through the book. Jacob Reckless, the conflicted older brother who makes his living hunting magical treasure in "
Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Reckless: Steinernes Fleisch,
was für ein Wiedersehen. Eigentlich war ich mit deinem kleinen Bruder Reckless: Lebendige Schatten verabredet, aber schon nach zehn Hörminuten hat mich die Sehnsucht nach dir gepackt. Wir hatten damals so eine schöne Zeit zusammen, dass ein zweites Treffen dringend hermusste – und zwar vor einem längeren Treffen mit weiteren Mitgliedern deiner Familie. Was für eine grandiose Idee von mir! War doch toll die ganze alte Geschichte noch mal aufzuwärmen, meinem Ged
Arnolds Parra
Oct 06, 2013 Arnolds Parra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Había una vez un joven que viajó lejos
para descubrir lo que era el miedo".

Ésta frase sacada de entre las páginas del libro (no de la primera) sirve como referencia casi perfecta para comenzar a hablar de Reckless. Es un cuento de hadas, si, pero no te engañes, no lo subestimes.

Reckless transcurre en el "mundo del espejo", el mundo donde vivió Rapunzel, donde Blancanieves fue despertada por un príncipe, mundo de enanos y de elfos, de duendes y unicornios... Pero miles de años después, cuando la
Libby Ames
Mar 28, 2011 Libby Ames rated it really liked it
Cornelia Funke has an amazing way with words, and her books stay beautiful going from German to English. She also is a talented storyteller with a gift for characterization and vivid description. It is because of these talents that I enjoy her books even though they tend to be a little dark.

In Reckless, Funke creates a world called Mirrorworld. The protagonists enter this world through a magic mirror, but it is a world of fairy tales gone wrong. All the expected magic is included, fairies, drag
Sep 05, 2013 Carissa rated it it was amazing
A part of me wishes that I could hold my hand over my reflection in a mirror and vanish to another world. Cornelia Funke works her magic once again with this new fairy tale series about Jacob Reckless, treasure hunter extraordinaire, who lives in our world, but vanishes for months, even years, at a time behind the mirror. The Mirrorworld's inhabitants are made up of elves, living stone men, a race of Bluebeards, child-eating witches who are despised by their healing sisters, and, of course, huma ...more
Alessandra Crivelli
Due stelle solo perchè sono riuscita ad arrivare in un modo o nell'altro fino alla fine del libro, ma per me è un GRANDE E GROSSO NO!

La scrittrice mi ha già persa al secondo capitolo con la mancanza di una linearità temporale e una nullità di profondità dei personaggi.
La scrittura in terza persona è anche qui un grosso NO: è abbastanza difficile scrivere in terza persona e non tutti sono in grado di farlo, non c'è nessun male nello scrivere in prima persona. --> Inoltre, quando il personaggi
Jun 24, 2012 Yami rated it it was amazing
jus a small intro, then take a deep breath cos you r going to be thrown into a fairy-tale, loved the story and the writing of this novel more than The Thief Lord, it has Darkness in it which is the truth behind the real fairy tales,the author's use for the name Will and Jacob was appealing to me, after all thanks to the Grimm brothers the scattered magical world was collected together so it can be used again and again like in this one,
one thing i didn like though was the behavior of the Dark Fai
Juli Ramos
Jan 18, 2016 Juli Ramos rated it it was amazing
Bueno, listo, tomo aire, me calmo un poco y despúeeeees me fijo como hago para reseñar esto. COMO HAGO PARA RESEÑAR ESTO?! Me encantó demasiado, tengo un serio problema.

-Muuy pronto reseña en el blog-
May 21, 2016 Ann-Marie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Nope, not for me! I liked the idea very much. I love the old fairytales and read them over and over again when I was a child (still do sometimes) and often imagined myself to be a part in them. And I absolutely LOVED John Connollys The Book of Lost Things (read this instedad). So I did have quite high expectations.

I never got involved in the story. The characters never came to life. I didnt really care what would happen to them. Somehow the story lacked the fantasticness and the fairytaleness.
May 06, 2015 Vippi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars

The thing I most appreciate about this book is how Funke intertwines fairy tales and Grimms’ stories (it is no coincidence that the main character and his brother are called Jacob and Will, isn’t it?) to create a (Mirror)world both familiar and utterly unique.

The power of her writing – at the same time loving and a bit irreverent towards the canonical tales – breathes life to all the magical creatures that populated the bed-time stories of my childhood. I couldn’t help but loving it.

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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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“The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal. The ticking of a clock. The groan of a floorboard as he slipped out of his room. All was drowned by its silence. But Jacob loved the night. He felt it on his skin like a promise. Like a cloak woven from freedom and danger.” 38 likes
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