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The Stolen Chapters

(Story Thieves #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,831 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Owen, Kiel, and Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, and some very familiar faces in the follow-up to The Story Thieves—which was called a “fast-paced, action-packed tale” by School Library Journal—from the bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

Owen Conners would never jump into a mystery. There are too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense, and
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Aladdin
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I got this book super early for some reason because I pre-ordered it, and yet I am the last person to read it. I am such a disappointing fan. I always looked at my bookshelf and wished I could read, while I was looking down at my math homework. UGH! Anyway, after I read this book, I wanted to see how my review was for the first book in this series. It was the first book that I reviewed on Goodreads and it was SO BAD! All I said was the parts I liked about the book, so I think I might re-do that ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
(4.5 stars)
This sequel to Story Thieves cleverly starts on chapter 11 because Owen and Kiel have just had their memories wiped and don't know what happened earlier in the book. Like the first one, it has books within books within books, with characters moving between worlds and stories. Bethany, Owen, and Kiel have had fun in a variety of worlds but are unsuccessful in their search for Bethany's father. In desperation and against her own rules, Bethany turns to Doyle Holmes, the many times great
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bit confusing but good book
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Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Reading the Story Thieves books is like reading Six Characters in Search of an Author, or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, but for kids. The books are mind-bendingly meta, and just so darn FUN! The first book introduces you to a character who has the power to jump into any book or story--and what reader hasn't at one point wanted to do THAT? The second book, The Stolen Chapters, takes the mind-bendiness one step further and suggests that perhaps the "real life" characters jumping into the ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Barb Middleton
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The world building and plot is weak. The characters are not as well developed as in book one. The author breaks through the 4th wall but it is confusing and needed more focus.
Jaina Rose
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

What a contradiction Jame's Riley's writing is: so juvenile and plastic one minute, and so clever and heartwarming the next. I alternately think he's one of the most over-rated authors I've read, and one of the most under-rated. The Stolen Chapters provokes this unique frustration most of any of his books yet, and I am still struggling to come to grips with how I feel about it.

Because at first, I kind of hated The Stolen Chapters. It felt
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, blog-books
WARNING! Excessive use of exclamation points ahead!

Title: The Stolen Chapters

Author: James Riley

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Publication date: 2016

Page count: 354 (Hardback)

Owen, Kiel, and Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, and some very familiar faces in the follow-up to The Story Thieves—which was called a “fast-paced, action-packed tale” by School Library Journal—from the bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

Owen Conners would never jump into a
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: good
This book was... confusing. Maybe more so because I read it aloud with my kids over the course of a month, but it didn't help matters that the time line jumped back and forth almost with every chapter, and there were multiples of characters. And the characters themselves were a bit hard to get a handle on. Kiel was great for comic relief the first go around, but this time he seemed almost pointless; just along for the ride without adding anything to the story. Moira seemed like her only role was ...more
Kori Johnson
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I really feel like this book should have three and a half stars, but that's not an option, unfortunately. The beginning was rather slow, especially compared to the last book. And the author did try to be a little too cute a few times when he was poking fun at himself (it was funny the first time, but then it got annoying). But the last ten chapters or so were amazing.

I did miss Charm quite a bit and hope she'll turn up again in the next book (even if it's only for a bit), but Moira was the
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Actual Rating: 4.5 I found this book was much harder to put down this book than the first one. I loved the complexity and confusion of all the mixed up chapters, and bouncing back and forth between times, and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out what happened to Bethany, Kiel and Owen. Plus, I love how the book started. It was so creative to 'blur out' most of the 'Stolen Chapters' and keep you guessing about how each of the words fit into the puzzle of the book. The major plot twist at the ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another hilarious and original addition to the Story Thieves series!

This book was highly enjoyable to read, and kept me laughing the whole time. Definitely delivered on the twisty plot and hilarious voice that I love in all of the James Riley books. Especially the acknowledgements. Those were SO funny. (Yes, I'm one of the weird people who actually reads them) Even better than the ones in the LAST book, which I didn't think could be topped.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Meta is wayyyyyy Meta in this book. Trippy little sucker. But I'm a sucker for breaking the fourth wall.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Little late in my review for this story, but I couldn't be lazy and only give it stars without an explination. :)
This series is a fun read. And I loved how this one was able to be so completely different from the first book. I've read sequels before that were basically the same plot line as the book before and therefore kinda boring. THIS ONE however was not. Like not at all.
The first book has a fantasy setting the characters are jumping back and forth between, this one? MYSTERY.
I have to
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first nine chapters of this book were hilariously entertaining--about 97% of those chapters were redacted, which was amusing, and it took like 1 minute to read all of them. The rest of the book was spent with the characters trying to piece together the details of what happened in those chapters. I don't think I enjoyed this installment as much as the first one, but it wasn't bad, and with how it ends I am definitely intrigued to see how the series will continue from here.
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Brooklyn Malau
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book better than the first one. I like that James Riley deleted some chapters and name it the Stolen Chapters. I would highly recommend it.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stolen Chapters book two of the Story Thieves series. The ending dragged on a bit more than necessary and became slightly convoluted but otherwise still a fun addition. Hopefully book three will clear things up. Book one took us into a Sci-fi/Fantasy, book two a Mystery and book three is going into a Graphic Novel/Comic Book.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it. It was a really good mystery, and also there was a big twist at the end.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first book in this series but this one fell flat. Too confusing and plot line was boring at times. Not sure if it is worth reading another in the series. Disappointed.
Pietra Ibrisimovic
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

alright pietra calm down and breathe a little bit ok? ok

so let me start off by saying that when i saw how short this book was compared to the first one i got quite disappointed. but of course james riley THE OH SO WONDERFUL JAMES RILEY MELTED MY BRAIN (in the best way possible).

just like in the first book, SO MUCH happened in the story and even with the multiple povs, the narrative was never boring, on the contrary IT WAS EVEN BETTER! i quickly understood why the book
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
James Riley is incredibly clever and fantastic.
Some say this book is confusing, but that's intentional. When you get to the end it all comes together in a very clever way. I was on the edge of my seat and got really into it. He's a genius. It's a great mystery story mixed with book-hopping fantasy elements.
That said, the reason I only gave this lovely four stars was because it was a bit lacking compared to his other works. Owen had some de-characterization (some back-tracking), although I think
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Story thieves By James Riley is a great book. It starts off with Owen in a dream and the. he wakes up in his mothers library not knowing how he got there. Kiel is with him and someone named Doyle homes is staring that them. Doyle has taken out their memory of how they got there, Doyle locked away their friend Bethany in a place where she will die. Will Owen and Kiel be able to save Bethany in only 2 hours?
In my opinion this book was very good I liked it a lot. I was on the edge of my seat the
Mark Baker
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2016
When Owen and Kiel wake up, they are in the library with no memory of how they got there or even what happened in the last couple of weeks. Then someone in a mask shows up to announce that their friend Bethany is in danger, and if they don’t rescue her in the next couple of hours, they will never see her again. Then he sets the library on fire and calls the police on them. Can Owen and Kiel find Bethany, figure out who the villain is, and stop him?

This is the second in a series, and you don’t
Genesis Haruno Takahashi
JAMES REILLY IS AMAZING... at completely confusing and flabbergasting the readers. He broke the fourth wall MANY times and I actually found it very enjoyable. Some of my ships didn't work out... But the story wasn't to focused on those so it was ok in the end. This book was wonderful! It had you asking more and more questions every time you turned the page. It was a wonderful mystery, and I think that Owen and Keith's friendship increased a lot throughout this book. It was so suspenseful! I ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a hard book to get into - I needed to reread the first book to reacquaint myself with the plot in order to understand and I didn't. I see that a third book is coming out this spring. When I read that I'll reread the first two to see how the story goes. I like the idea of being half of a book and half of the real, nonfiction world. I like the idea of moving in and out of stories literally. I wish I could give a half star...
LPDL | Well, that sucked. I will never understand why some authors think it's cute to break the fourth wall by saying "isn't it awful when authors do this thing that the author of this book is doing right now?" and "when authors do this exact thing you're currently reading, it's just bad writing". Yes, it is awful, and yes, it is bad writing, and acknowledging those things doesn't change them. So don't do it.
Vian Selvanathan
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy and a girl named Owen and Bethany. Bethany has a superpower that lets her go into any fictional book in the world. One day Doyle Holmes ( Great Great Grandson of Sherlock Holmes) figures out Bethany's power and tries to take it away from her. So Owen, Bethany, Kiel and Moira have to stop Doyle.

I would recommend this book to anyone because it has a great plot with a lot of adventure and it is great book.
Brendan Creecy
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya
I have no idea how James Riley pulled this off but he did and it's amazing. This was a great mystery and the levels of meta reached somehow surpassed the first Story Thieves. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A little more confusing than the first in the series but still fun and humorous. Can't wait for the third one.
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