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Thief of Lies

(Library Jumpers #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,711 ratings  ·  499 reviews
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 charg ...more
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Published January 5th 2016 by Entangled Teen
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Brenda Drake
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Hello all, I'm the author, so naturally I'm biased. But this is the book of my heart. It's filled with libraries, magic, and romance and set in some of my most favorite cities. Libraries have always been a magical place for me and there are so many beautiful libraries around the world. I'm sort of jealous that Gia and friends get to visit them all. To quote Gia, “Wouldn't it be awesome if we could go see each one up close and personal?” ...more
Ben Alderson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

Well, starting of this is such a unique idea for a story. I really love the abundance of different magical beings.. that was so good.
I love the idea of these people being able to jump through books/libraries to different realms! I LOVED the idea of magical orbs, each different powers for different people and how when you through them you can control an element or power.

GIA really grew in this story, such a great character who really came into her own. I also liked that the romance was NOT ov
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is the first book in the Library Jumpers young adult fantasy series. The title of the series is completely accurate in describing what to expect when picking this one up, Gia Kearns is with her friends in a library when she spies a cute boy and while watching him he suddenly disappears. When Gia and her friends go looking they find a book the boy left behind of libraries from around the world and when Gia accidentally speaks a phrase she finds she and her friends ar ...more
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***Updated Review After Re-Read***

Thief of Lies was addicting and completely entertaining. And I'm so glad that I re-read this book! You see, the first time I picked this up, I struggled connecting to the characters. The story was so much fun, but I never felt as though I was fully immersed until Bastien appeared on the pages, and well I'll talk more about him later. But this time around, it all clicked into place. I was so happy because Thief of Lies was an adorable story filled with adv

Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wish you could visit all the libraries in the world? Wouldn’t it be incredible to go from library to library, all in the drop of eye? So what better way to travel than by book? But wait; would a broody guy to accompany you who also looks good in leather I might add, sweeten the deal? How about a magical prophecy, impending doom, evil creatures at every turn but you can kick ass with your new found magical abilities? If the booknerd in you is screaming to get out then welcome to your next read, T ...more
Donita Luz
DNF @ 27% because it's boring AF

This book, I must say got one of the coolest premise ever. I mean, Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries is definitely every bookish people's dream, so reading about this kind of story line is a big yes - turns out, this thing is too good to be true, pun intended.

The story started when Gia and her friends visited a library for a homework or something I can't really bothered to remember why. Gia then bump into a super handsome and gorgeous looki
Personally, I prefer Bastien to Arik though...
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
~ARC Kindly provided by Netgalley and Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review~

Generally, I rate a book 2 stars when it misses “that something special” to impress me. In this case, the situation is precisely the other way around, though.
This book starts from a cool premise that any booklover will adore (“Gia, you can never be lonely in the company of books”) and presents many original and interesting ideas. The problem is that Thief of Lies is saturated with too, too many different ideas,
Fafa's Book Corner

I am really and I mean really tired of posting full reviews for DNF's. So I've decided to type a mini review.

While I was reading this I felt that it was very childish. And I know that says something because I've read quite a few MG books. But this felt very childish compared to all the MG books that I've read.

I recommend this to fantasy fans.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Buddyread with Melissa
DNF at 51% (Rating is just for what I've read so far... I think halfway is enough for me to do that. )

2 stars for execution and writing, 2.5 for the idea of the library jumping and creatures/magic.

The idea of this world intrigued me (and yes the "library jumping" part is what first hooked me) but the way everything was handled left me underwhelmed.

Also got tired of hearing how 'hot' and other terms Arik was from Gia... and before any naysayers complain... it was b
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2016
2,5 stars

What I loved:
• I loved the idea of the book. It was promising in the beginning, but not impressive in the end.
• Humor. I did found some pretty funny lines and dialogues.
• Batiste. He was the only character I liked. Others were underdeveloped or too pretentious.
• Libraries ;)

What I found cliche:
• insta-love and love triangle. No, two love triangles. The romance is ridiculously unbelievable.
• the overuse of the word "sexy" made me want to hit something.
• I was overwhelmed by so many eve
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It's always a relief when you find a YA book that:
(A) Uses unique concepts,
(B) Features intriguing character names,
(C) Entertains and delights you, the reader.

And when you find one that contains all know you've found a winner. As is the case with Brenda Drake's amazing Thief of Lies.

Book cover: First of all, the colour theme is simply stunning. I love the colour purple something fierce and this cover uses it to project an overall feel of mystery and magic that draws the reader in i
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can I just that I loved this book? Gia is a strong, determined, and observant character who loves books and libraries, but who also has won many awards in fencing. When she sees a guy in leather gear disappear from the reading room at the Boston Anthenæum, she's quick to investigate and unwittingly sends her and her friends through one of the gateway books to a library in Paris.

So much to love about this book, but I especially loved how relatable Gia is and how well developed the world is witho
Rating: 4.5/5

Having participated in the cover reveal for the sequel to this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read this one and what a surprise it turned out to be! I’m not quite sure what I expected, but I certainly hadn’t anticipated it being such an enthralling page turner. It is a YA fantasy in which Gia Kearns is in the Boston Athenaeum with her two best friends when the hottie she’d been looking at suddenly disappears right in front of her. As she doesn’t believe this is possible, sh
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Secret, magic and libraries.

Gia and her friends are going to visit a lush library, Boston Athenaeum. Every reader's dream, right? Little does she know, she is about to uncover a hidden deadly secret. She sees an interesting character in the library that seems to just disappear. Gia can't help herself and goes to check out the book he's been reading. Before she knows it she has discovered the truth behind her family, and the world she didn't know existed. She and her friends are sucked into the
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I give this book 5 out of 5 Magical Stars!!!💖💛💙💚💜!!!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this BOOK!!!💖💛💙💚💜 When I requested copies of this series from the publisher I was definitely intrigued but the results I received absolutely blew me away! This has to be one of my all time favorite fantasy books of all time now! I just could not put this fantasy masterpiece down and it was well worth the lost sleep! I am so thankful for the recommendation from my friends Kim and Carrie’s recommendation of this book! Brenda Dr
Lauren Stoolfire
Gia and her friends suddenly find themselves transported to a Paris library while investigating a book left behind by Arik, a leather-clad hottie, in the Boston Athenaeum. In the Paris library, Arik and his team of Sentinels, magical knights who protect humans from the creatures travelling via gateway books, rescue them from a demonic hound. Gia quickly realizes that she's not at all the person she thought she was - she, too, is a Sentinel of the Mystik world. She also learns that one wizard wan ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been super excited about this book ever since I heard about it months ago, so I jumped at the chance to read it! I actually chose THIEF OF LIES as the first book that I wanted to read for 2016, and it was an absolutely wonderful choice! I loved it so, so much, and I've been raving about it ever since! :D

When I first heard about THIEF OF LIES, I was immediately compelled! It reminded me of the movie, The Pagemaster, which I still remember fondly from my childhood. I've always loved the idea
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC via NetGalley

This was a fun story. As a bookworm, the library jumper concept immediately grabbed me. I could easily picture myself as a super happy person discovering a world full of magic inside a library... Hmm... Wait a second... isn't that how I normally feel when I go to the library? Interesting. ;-) Except my magic isn't as real Gia's, this book's MC.

I thought this book had all the right elements to be a successful young adult fantasy. Lots of magics. Sword fighting. Villains. Propheci
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I've been waiting to read this book for almost two years, since the book was titled "Library Jumpers". That was all I needed to know in order to need this book! This book wasn't as much as I hoped for, mostly due to the romance, but the fantasy elements were amazing and I did enjoy this book!

After being sucked into a book and ending up i
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Libraries and magic? Count me in! The premise of this book sounded just so cool that I had to give it a try and the pretty cover definitely added to my excitement for this book. This book is exactly what the blurb promises and more. There are people who can jump through books to other libraries and the main character and her friends get caught up in that magical world. It was an exciting read and I enjoyed reading this book, although there were a
Anna (Enchanted by YA)

***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

This book had the makings to be amazing and ticked all the boxes before I picked it up; with the mention of a hot love interest, strong female character, magic and libraries with books it was a must read. Unfortunately these were just tropes that continuously popped up in a way that made me roll my eyes (I even had to laugh at myself writing that list).

It almost felt
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
rom the fast paced story line, to the brilliantly written characters, Thief of Lies is sure to stick in around in everyone's mind for a long time. There were a lot of components that made this book so different from others in it's genre, such as the plot line, design of the world itself, and the characters. Every single aspect of this book mesmerized me, and kept me enticed throughout the whole novel.

A nice component to Thief of Lies was the story. This is the first time stepping into this worl
Pintip Dunn
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I simply adored this book. The story was exciting, the characters were charming, and the writing was fantastic. Besides, it's about one of my favorite places -- libraries; specifically, magical portals that will take you to the most beautiful libraries in the world. Can this be an actual thing in real life, please??? I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, well-told adventure (with some pretty swoony romance to boot!) ...more
Carlene Inspired
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gia spends her time with her two best friends, her nana, and her Pop. She focuses on school, her hobby is fencing, and she's more than awkward around boys. Until she sees Arik in the library, in all leather he stands out among the books, and when he disappears, leaving only a book behind open to a Paris library, she can't stop thinking about him. Upon finding paper with Italian scrawled across it Gia finds herself, and her two best human friends, in the middle of that Parisian library, with a gi ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Library Jumpers, who in their right mind wouldn’t jump at the chance to read something with a series title like that?

Let me set the scene for you. Gia Kearns, gets the chance to visit a library that would make any self respecting book lover drool, the Boston Athenaeum. What could be better than that? How about a hottie walking around said library in leather? Yum … that is until he disappears. What do you do? Well, if you are Gia, you go look at the book he was studying before the vanishing act a
The Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is a magnificent read. Thank you Entangled Publishing for the copy of The Thief of Lies! First of all, I love the cover and the story concept. Another plus, the young woman on the cover actually matches the description of Gia that Brenda Drake describes in the book! Sometimes that is a rare thing. The matter of fact descriptions throughout the story are entertaining and informative and help with the world building. On page 146, the description of Veronique's dre ...more
*ARC Kindly provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!*

“Gia, you can never be lonely in the company of books.”


When you put libraries and magic together, it is definitely a recipe for excitement. Well, for book nerds anyway. So here we have people who can travel or jump through libraries. There is a whole world that most people have no idea exists. That is of course until someone suddenly finds out it exists because she was all too curio
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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*I was provided a eARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The first time I read the blurb for Thief of Lies I knew I had to read this book. First it is a fantasy book and I’ve been needing a new fantasy series to read. Second, it’s about libraries and being able to jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries. What?? Of course I had to request this book on NetGalley when I saw it and luckily I was approved. Let me tell you s
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
This book moved very quickly and that made it very confusing. Also, the romance just didn't cut it for me. It didn't feel real to me and so I didn't really care about it. The idea of this is very interesting, but I was so confused most of the time that I didn't enjoy it. It seemed new characters were being introduced all the time and it was a lot to take in. ...more
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