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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...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Little Brown Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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★ Jess
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...more
Lydia
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...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
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
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...more
Minli
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
Stephanie Jobe
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
Alan
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...more
Nicola
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
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
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...more
Alvina
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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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 because...you 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...more
Eric Shaffer
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
*MystGrrl*
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...more
Britt Leigh
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Anne Nikoline
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...more
Ellen
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 "...more
Miss Spookyverse [¬º-°]¬
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...more
Arnolds Parra
"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...more
Libby Ames
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...more
Ann-Marie
Mar 19, 2012 Ann-Marie rated it 1 of 5 stars
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 Connolly´s 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 didn´t really care what would happen to them. Somehow the story lacked the fantasticness and the fairytaleness...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Fun book full of adventure, engaging characters, and an intriguing plot!

Opening Sentence: The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal.

The Review:

Jacob Reckless lives up to his name, seeking treasures and lost artifacts, and he is the best at it. At a young age his father suddenly disappeared, leaving behind two sons and his wife. Jacob, distraught over his father’s disappearance, goes to his father’s study. While in the room...more
Grey Grimly
In all honesty, I was more intrigued by the Mirrorworld than I was with the main 'conflict'. I feel like the point was for the reader to care greatly about what was happening to Will, but I just didn't really care at all. The only character I cared about was Fox and occasionally Jacob, but that was mainly when he was about to do something stupid for his brother who I couldn't care less for.

I felt sorry for Fox, because her character was deeply neglected. Jacob was always running off places with...more
Kelly
Sep 21, 2010 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
This is an example of book in which the back story is far more interesting than the actual plot. Funke started the book in the completely wrong place. There was such a rich and fascinating story hidden in the summary at the beginning. The idea of a boy discovering a world where fairy tales are real and then becoming a treasure hunter and seeking treasures such as a lock of Rapunzel's hair or the oven door of the witch's house in Hansel and Gretal--that, Cornelia Funke, should have been your stor...more
Jon Nieve
Esta opinión está basada en mi relectura del libro, de manera que ya podéis suponer que me gustó mucho ;)
Reckless, como muchos libros juveniles últimamente, coge ciertos motivos, símbolos y algún personaje muy secundario de los cuentos (de los hermanos Grimm, concretamente) para crear un mundo fantástico, donde todos los mitos y seres tienen cabida: monstruos, hadas, unicornios, cambiaformas, cazarrecompensas, reinas déspotas... creando así una atmósfera sutilmente gótica, perfecta para la histo...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Sep 15, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Fairy tales gone wrong, Young Adults
Recommended to Meagan by: NetGalley
RECKLESS

By Cornelia Funke



“For Jacob Reckless, every second counts….”

This intro into the book is so true. Jacob’s father has disappeared, no one knows where. His mother is always sad. His younger brother Will is often frightened. But Jacob has found a secret world, a world that can be entered through a mirror in his father’s study – a room forbidden to him by his mother.

Twelve years have passed since Jacob first discovered the strange two-mooned world through the mirror and Jacob is now running o...more
Danielle
Loving every one of Cornelia Funkes books, this was no exception. She created yet another world Id happily exchange for this one, where enchantments and magical objects, better referred to as treasures, lie hidden, including marvelous pocket-handkerchiefs that spill gold, wishing sacks, scales of Watermen and glass slippers, hairs of Rapunzel that grow thick as ropes and long like one too, slime of carnivorous snails that make one invisible, and of course, the mythical creatures, which extend to...more
CharlieAndrews
Jacob Reckless wechselt seit Jahren Hin und Her zwischen unserer Realität und der Welt, die sich hinter dem Spiegel im Büro seines verschwundenen Vaters versteckt. Alles verläuft gut für den angesehenen Schatzsucher in Grimms Märchenwelt, bis sein kleinerer Bruder Will ihm folgt. Will wird von Goyl, eine Art steinerner Menschen, verletzt und dadurch mit dem Fluch belegt, selbst ein Goyl zu werden. Natürlich setzt Jacob, sich und alle jeglicher Gefahr aus, um seinen Bruder vor seinem Schicksal zu...more
nicole
Dec 29, 2010 nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Kristen
Why I read this: I found the audiobook of this at the library one day and since I absolutely adore Cornelia Funke, I had to check it out.

Plot: A thrilling plot about a teenage boy who escapes into a different world, only to have his little brother follow him and cause him to embark on the greatest adventure of his life yet. The one that will hopefully save his brother from turning into a goyle. But to do so, he must get past the Goyle army, revisit a dangerous fairy, and trust those that have be...more
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv...more
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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.” 31 likes
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