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Library Jumpers #2

Guardian of Secrets

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Saving him could end her world.

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

353 pages, Hardcover

First published February 7, 2017

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Brenda Drake

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Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Author 21 books13.5k followers
March 13, 2017
well this did not disappoint!


Full review to come on YT soon! Literally love this series and need the next book... please do another book!
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3,230 reviews1,548 followers
January 28, 2018
Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake is the second book in the young adult fantasy Library Jumpers series. In the first book readers were introduced to Gia Kearns who was with her friends in a library when she spied a cute boy and while watching him he suddenly disappeared. When Gia and her friends went looking they found a book the boy left behind of libraries from around the world and when Gia accidentally spoke a phrase she found she and her friends were pulled through the book and found themselves in a library in Paris.

After finding themselves halfway around the world and not sure how they got there things suddenly got worse when a demonic hound attacked. But the boy that Gia had followed came to the rescue. Arik explained that he and his friends are Sentinals charged with protecting humans and the gateways in the libraries. After learning of the strange world from which Arik came from Gia found that she herself had ties to that world that she never knew existed.

Their story has now continued in Guardian of Secrets and being a continuing young adult fantasy series it’s best if readers start with the first book if they have not read that one yet as there would be a lot of plot, character and world building missing if trying to jump into this one. I mentioned in my review of Thief of Lies that this story reminded me a lot of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books with a lot of similar elements added and I still think fans of that series would enjoy this one too.

I would also warn again that while I love the action and adventure in this world that Brenda Drake has created the story does involve a lot of the old young adult tropes that I see other readers often complaining about. I’ve actually lowered my rating a tad on this installment because the teen angst bothered me a bit more in this one than the first but I was still a fan of the ongoing action and plot. Looking forward to reading book three of the series really soon and seeing where the story heads next though.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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540 reviews332 followers
February 4, 2018
Guardian of Secrets was filled to the brim with magic and fun! This is the second book in the series, and I was easily transported back into their world right from the start. The pages were filled with friendship, laughter, tears, betrayal, love and trust. And I happily found myself addicted, since the characters continually pulled at my emotions. I absolutely loved Guardian of Secrets, and I can't wait to discover the rest of Brenda Drake's books!
His face went serious. “Gia…”
He stepped closer to me, lifted my chin toward his lips, and kissed me.

The story starts off right where Thief of Lies ended. Gia, Nick and the Sentinels have gone into hiding in the human world. They attend school, and I found myself completely absorbed in the drama that unfolded. On top of school, they were still training, and Gia and Nick were tracking down the remaining Chiave, which are the keys to the Tetrad. I can't say too much more about the plotline, without huge spoilers, but know that I loved how the storyline evolved.
If someone’s soul could die, mine was withering with each painful step.

Speaking of evolving, I'm happy to say that Gia has grown up and matured. Her immaturity in Thief of Lies bothered me, but I'm so impressed with her now! What I loved about her most still held true, she continued to stand strong, to not back down, and she tried to do what was right again and again. And while she could still be rash and impatient at times, I expected it since many people she loved were in harms way. So Gia rightfully earned my love and respect!
I felt safe with Bastien around. Cared for in a way I hadn’t been before, even with Arik. I might not want to admit it, but I’d felt that way since the day I’d met him.

Arik also earned my love and respect, and well, that just made me want to cry. I know that sounds weird, but he's not the one I want to ultimately end up with Gia. I wanted to remain ambiguous towards him, so I wouldn't feel bad if and when he wasn't chosen. You see there's a love triangle that is done fabulously in this series! On one side is Arik, a Sentinel like Gia. Their love is forbidden but Gia is a little obsessed with him and vice versa. At the start of this book they're together, but another girl keeps coming into the picture which made me ecstatic. Because on the other side of the love triangle is Bastien, a Wizard, who Gia was betrothed to as a child.
".....There’s nothing more attractive than a girl who can decapitate a beast.”
I laughed. “So you like the violent type.”
He quirked a mischievous grin. “There’s nothing better.” - Bastien & Gia

From the first moment Bastien appeared, I fell head over heels in love with him. He knows what he wants in life and will do anything to get it, which is so sexy! Not only was he loving, caring and let Gia have her independence, but what he sacrificed for Gia *clutches heart*. I desperately want to talk about that but won't because of spoilers. But that event brought about his protective side. And even better than Bastien being protective was his jealous side. So hot, he was so unbelievably hot! So in case it isn't obvious, I desperately and wholeheartedly love Bastien!
“I have desires, and need a wife.” - Royston

There was a whole list of characters that I loved. Especially Lei, Faith and Dierdre! It was so refreshing seeing strong woman support one another and continually raise each other up! I loved it! But another character stood out loud and clear and his name was Royston. He became a quick favorite! Royston spoke those words in the above quote but here's the thing, I can't tell you who or what he is, or even how he fits into the story, but know that I felt guilty for even liking him. Especially since he was so blunt and had no filters at times. But he entertained me, and I hope that some of my guesses pan out for how his story will proceed!
Before he could swing it, I aimed my sword and threw it like a javelin. The blade flew through the air and punctured the upper left side of his back, making a sickening tearing sound as it broke through his flesh.

So Guardian of Secrets was such a huge win for me! I laughed, I fell in love, I sobbed and I closed the book with the hugest smile on my face! I loved that yet again the story continually built, and that we started to see more sides to the huge picture that is unfolding. And while I guessed how a few things would play out, I was happily surprised and even shocked with a few of the twists! So I can't wait for the final book, because this series continues to get better and better!

*ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
February 19, 2018
Another Must Read by Brenda Drake

I am absolutely crazy about this book series! This second book of the Library Jumper Series had me flipping through pages like a speed demon. This story had me have so many feels that I don't know where to start! I felt overwhelmed with action, suspense, romance, drama and fantasy. Whatever you are looking for this book has it all. I picked up this book because I adored the first in the series! This book had twists I didn't expect and also broke my heart at the same time. I can't wait to read the last in the trilogy soon enough and would recommend this series to anyone who is looking to be swept off their feet! The characters in this story are so realistic and I feel a strong connection with the main character Gianna! Oh and I am definitely all about some Bastien!!!😍 The plot is fast paced yet perfectly descriptive and I would have to say this series is one of my top faves ever!!! I'm so fangirling over this series and this book is Dani-approved!
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Author 1 book142 followers
December 30, 2017
Guardian of secrets is the 2nd book in the Library Jumpers series. It's a continuous story and I would recommend you start with book one. Assassins of Truth, book 3 is out 6th February, so now is the perfect time to read this trilogy.

Gia is back. She's starting a new school, leaving her human friends behind and setting into a new location. Luckily she still has her Sentinel friends, but her romantic life is about to get more complicated. This book is slow to start but does pick up the pace. Of course, there is magic, adventure and danger. Gia won't go down without a fight. You'll need to hold onto your seat for this one and it will leave you wanting more.

*There is a mini catch up at the beginning of this book.

4 stars out of 5.
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305 reviews
February 20, 2017
After reading the first book in this series, I couldn't wait to read this book and it did not disappoint! The first book had Gia finding out that she is a Sentinel. And not just a regular Sentinel, but one born from two Sentinels. In this book Gia, her Pop, and several sentinels had to move to try and stay hidden from those who want her dead. Not only does she have to go to a new school while trying to save the world, but her boyfriend Arik has been acting weird and hanging out with a new girl. Too bad she can't focus on just her love life.

This book does feature a love triangle and I did find myself rooting for one of the guys (can't give too much away). I just felt like one of the guys was better for Gia than the other. It was very well-written. In my opinion, this book was stronger than the first one since we got to see more of the characters and delved into their histories more. I felt more invested in them and the story line. I REALLY cannot wait for the next book (please come out soon)! I received an ARC for my honest review.
February 20, 2017
I read the first book in the Library Jumpers series last year and really enjoyed it. I mean face it, most bookworms love books featuring libraries and books. And the concept where one can jump into different worlds and dimensions through books shelved in mysterious libraries is pretty darn interesting. Therefore, I was thrilled when Entangled Teen provided me with an ARC of "Guardian of Secrets."

Gia and many other Sentinels have moved to Branford so they can hide out from the individuals who are chasing them. There, they try to go on with life as normal while continuing to train and look for the hidden Chiaves - relics that when pieced together will allow the enemy to unleash the ultimate terror on the world. Gia continues to try to fit in now that she has learned she is a Sentinel and as the book progresses, uncovers some family history which is vital to the way things will play out in the future.

There is a lot going on in the book and I'll admit, there are times I felt rather lost. However, I honestly don't believe the fault falls on Drake, but rather that I was extremely preoccupied with other things while reading "Guardian of Secrets" and this book deserves and requires the reader's full attention. Like many YA novels, there is a love triangle and Gia is struggling with her feelings for her boyfriend, Arik and Bastien, a nobleman and wizard who she has previously been destined to marry. Although not a favorite trope of mine, the way Drake wove it into the tale and managed to keep from making Gia an indecisive annoying teen allowed me to enjoy the interaction between Arik, Gia and Bastien. Also, Drake brought some more witch elements into the tale which really piqued my interest.

"Guardian of Secrets" is a strong second installment in this series. The ending paved the way for a possible ultimate showdown in Book 3 and I will anxiously be awaiting it's release. If you enjoyed the first book, you must read this one as well as it does a great job of delving deeper into the Sentinel world and introduces some truly unique new characters.

I received an ARC from Entangled Teen and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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893 reviews253 followers
February 20, 2019
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When I first read Thief of Lies, I was disappointed. Not enough library jumping, too much insta-love. There is less inst-love in this book, but I still had difficulty getting into this book.

We jump right back into the world of the Library Jumpers (which I am still disappointed by the lack of books). My main issue with this is that I did not remember much about the first book. All I remember was that I hated the romance. The world that Brenda Drake has created is very impressive. I love the creative use of magic and the magical society she created. But after more than a year, I couldn't remember the world clearly and having magical words thrown around at me just confused me. Eventually, I was able to understand the plot, sort of, but even at the very end I had to be reminded of things.

Gia as a character, I feel, is growing. She's no longer the confused girl thrown into this world. She was still thrown off by things in this world, but she was stronger and had a better understanding. I really like her relationships with the characters within this book. Her friends are so supportive and she is so supportive of them. Within this book, I especially noticed how her friendship with Nick, because they share a prophecy together, but she is so close to many people within this book and these friendships are just so nice.

Okay, now for the romance. I hated the romance in the last book. I honestly believe that Gia "fell" for Arik because he is hot, and due to the situation. I don't see any love between them and I do not support the relationship. This book supported my feelings on the romance. Besides being Sentinels, Gia and Arik have nothing in common. In fact, Arik doesn't even like to read! ARIK DOESN'T LIKE TO READ! I cannot fully ship Gia with a character that doesn't like to read. So when issues arise , I rejoiced.
Now, Bastien... I am fully on Team Bastien. He's sweet and he's always there for Gia! Also, HE LIKES TO READ! TAKE THAT, ARIK! Bastien is more of a character in this book and I loved it!
I do have one big problem, though...

Overall, I know I'm complaining a lot, but I did like this book. The world is very interesting, I just couldn't remember the details from the last book. Gia is a great MC, but she honestly needs to get her crap together and FORGET ABOUT ARIK! I will be reading the next book! I need to make sure that Gia picks Bastien (and, you know, saves the magical world, but come on. Bastien). Though I will lose all respect for Gia if she picks Arik (HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE TO READ BOOKS! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!!).
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549 reviews49 followers
March 1, 2017
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

I'm still not sure about the rating. I loved the first book, the second one frustrated me a lot and sometimes made me wanna skip chapters and parts of the story. But that was just about the relationship stuff. I don't know.

Let me start to talk about the things that I really enjoyed in the book.
The search for all the Chiavi and the places it took Gia and Nick. That's what I love about the story, that it isn't just based around libraries in the USA, but actually around the world and that we actually see them go these places. Loved it.
Also there is something about the fightin scenes in the books, that is just incredible. They are intense and so well described, love it.

Character- and relationshipwise. I loved how much the relationship between Gia and Deidre grew. In the beginning, Deidre kinda had to find herself for a bit and not just be a copy of Gia and then they could finally build their friendship and actually acted like sisters towards each other. LOVED IT. I was also happy to see characters like Nana and Afton show up once in a while. And Faith. FAITH!!!!! I just love Faith so much and I'm bitter, I'm very bitter about things that happend. BITTER. I also loved the friendship between Gia and Jaran, how he was there for her and took care of her when she was a total mess.

Now let's get to the spoilery part, normally I wouldn't mention them in reviews but I need to talk about it. Now. So I'm serious, don't read further if you don't wanna read spoilers. Don't.

Arik. Arik and Emily. I knew he was spelled somehow. Cause the Arik we got as soon as he got together with Emily, wasn't the Arik that I loved in the first book. So either the author decided to completely change his character or something fishy was going on with Emily. And I was so happy that Gia thought that as well and that she actually had Jaran looking for any marks or tattoos on Ariks body. BUT YOU IDIOTS DIDN'T LOOK HARD ENOUGH. When they figured out there wasn't a mark/tattoo and then Gia thought about Arik's hair being longer, I just screamed at her to look at his damn neck.
But no. No. This was just the opening for Gia and Bastien becoming a thing. And ugh, no. No, I'm not a fan. That were the parts I was so frustrated with that I wanted to skip them. Ooops, no offence to everyone liking them, I just don't.

The only good thing about Gia and Bastien falling into the thing whose name I can't remember right now, was that they found Gian (alive!!!) and Royston (THE ONE!!!).

I'm mad, that we actually lost Gian at the end of the book. I'm mad about Kale. And I'm super mad about Faith. Cause Faith was my baby. UGH!!!!!
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Author 14 books984 followers
February 23, 2017
Brenda Drake never fails to amaze me with her creativity and imagination. Be prepared to gasp and swoon. I wish I could jump right into this book!
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5,220 reviews462 followers
February 6, 2017
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Guardian of Secrets is the second installment in author Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series. This is a story that is filled with action, heartbreak, library jumping, a return of a major villain, and enough secrets to keep even the most stubborn reader entertained right to the very end. Protagonist Gia Kearns and her friends have gone into hiding after their encounter with Conemar. Gia is a sentinel, aka a magical knight, who was introduced to an entirely new world after being pulled into a magical portal in Thief of Lies.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews 02/03/2017

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764 reviews196 followers
February 9, 2017
Last year I read Thief of Lies and I enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel. I really like the idea behind the story and Guardian of Secrets kept my interest alive. A fair warning though- there's a major case of love triangle.

Before starting this second book, I highly suggest revisiting the first one. I didn't do that so things in Guardian of Secrets got a little bit confusing. Regardless I found myself oddly invested in the story. Whether it was searching for the Chiavi or sorting out Gia's romantic entanglements the story kept me reading. I wanted to see each plotline through. At times the story felt a little scattered but there was no shortage of lies, secrets, betrayals and deaths.

One of my favourite thing about this series was being introduced to libraries all over the world. Each one of the libraries the characters visit sound magnificent beyond words. What would it be like to see them in person? I really hope to visit some in the future!

There's already a vast number of characters from Thief of Lies but Ms. Drake adds even more into this second installment. We meet more Sentinels, wizards and Mystiks. As even more clues and information come to light, we're left wondering who's really the bad guys. It's frustrating but I thought Ms. Drake does an excellent job sustaining the unknown and keeping the mysteries alive.

I cannot talk about this book without mentioning the blinding love triangle. Gia loves Arik but she can't help feel a strong connection with Bastien, her betrothed. I don't hate love triangles but this one was really predictable. The conflict and the result were so glaringly obvious I couldn't root for anyone. Not to mention it's kind of hard for me to get behind a new romance . The way Gia sways between the two guys is painful to read. I suppose at least she's fair to them.

I know it sounds like I didn't like Guardian of Secrets but I did enjoy it. I look forward to jumping into more grand libraries as well as seeing the final romantic pairing. Assassin of Truths (how cool are all the titles!) better give me a solid ending!
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2,373 reviews340 followers
August 19, 2019
Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake.

YA fantasy. 2nd of the Library Jumpers series. Continuing saga cliff hanger. Should be read after the first to best understand the complex world building, the powers and relationships.

I love the concept of being able to jump through a book in the library to the corresponding library on the page. Usually it’s used for a quest or some noble purpose but the heroine even used it once to go to the theater in New York.

Includes violence and deaths of some secondary characters as well as angst of choosing between two love interests.
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Author 5 books1,890 followers
November 15, 2017
While I totally LOVED Thief of Lies (book 1), Guardian of Secrets just made me cringe. The love triangle didn't need to be there. There's enough angst with Gia dealing with all that she's dealing with and she needs some stability in her life somewhere. Arik is who I'm rooting for. Who says history can't repeat itself? Very disappointing but tons of action and magic.

My Rating: 3 stars
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560 reviews39 followers
February 11, 2017
Gia is a Sentinel, which comes with many responsibilities. Ever since she found out about her heritage and the doomsday prophecy that started to occur with her birth, Gia’s life has been a whirlwind. Her family, Nick and his family, and many of the other Sentinels have moved to a new town and guard one of the libraries from the evil beings that would bring the world’s end. Nick is taking the news of his birth hard, and Gia and Arik’s relationship is not doing so well. Meanwhile, they hunt for seven magic items hidden around the globe before time runs out.

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake went everywhere. Relationship problems takes up a large portion of the story, as the neighbor girl tries to steal Arik away from Gia. A person begins to wonder, “Was it ever true love?” But then there is always Sebastian who loves and is even betrothed to Gia. Other romantic relationships and friendships among Gia’s friends and family form and break as well. Nick is having trouble adjusting to the revelation that he is a sorcerer, his father is evil, and his adoptive parents have been lying to him his entire life. I think anyone would go a bit crazy with all of that information, but it caused a bit of drama in the plot. Because the story focused so much on the relationships, there is not as much action, and when there is, the action happens quickly with far-reaching effects. The story had sort of a “village” feeling because of all the characters and their frequent interactions. But it was still easy to keep most of them straight in my mind, which is not an easy feat with so many. I would also like to add that the foreshadowing was extremely well done, and the magical elements of the story were fantastic. I just wish the next book would be released soon, because that ending stung.

Some mild content warnings: swearing, kissing, sexual innuendos, and violence. And to my really conservative readers, there is also a homosexual character and magic that borders on dark.

I would recommend this book to fantasy and romance lovers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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323 reviews12 followers
February 7, 2017
Review also posted at: http://underthebookcover.blogspot.com...

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

I read Thief of Lies about a week and a half ago, and it left me feeling rather indifferent. I liked it, but I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to. However, I was excited to see where the story went and was excited at the chance to read the sequel, Guardian of Secrets! This book did not leave me with the same feeling as the first, but quite the opposite. I absolutely loved this book!

Gia Kearns is a Sentinel- a guardian that jumps into books to travel to different libraries around the world and protect humans from mystical creatures. It's not all its cracked up to be, though. People are always trying to kill her, and now she's had to go into hiding. With her Pop and twin "sister" in tow, they're now far away from Gia's old life. If that's not bad enough, her boyfriend Arik is acting strange and is clearly into some other girl. Unfortunately for Gia, she doesn't have time to be jealous or upset, because the end of the world is coming, and it falls on her shoulders to save everyone.

Guardian of Secrets picks up right where Thief of Lies left off. Gia, Nick, and the other Sentinels have gone into hiding in the human world and now attend public school. With public school comes some serious drama, and it definitely hit me right in the feels when it all unfolded so unexpectedly. On top of the drama, Gia and Nick are searching for the remaining Chiavi to prevent the raising of the Tetrad- an evil beast that can control all of the elements and will bring about the end of both worlds. I loved this story line and everything that happened within it. There was action, serious relationship drama, new characters, heartbreak, loss, secrets discovered, and so much more. I read about 78% of this book in one day because it was so fantastic that I just couldn't put it down! There was so much growth of the world that has already been established and I really enjoyed getting to dive deeper into this beautiful, magical story.

I don't think I was able to connect to any of the characters when I read Thief of Lies. Not because they were written poorly or anything like that, but because I just didn't feel invested in them. Sure, I liked Gia, and I guess Arik was alright, but none of them really stood out or made a huge impact on me. Guardian of Secrets completely changed that. Gia has grown so much between books and I was blown away by how mature she was in this one! Having to balance her Chiavi hunt with being a Sentinel, going to school, and dealing with her wonky relationship with Arik, not to mention having to constantly help Nick with his newly unlocked Wizard powers seems like almost too much to handle at once. Gia somehow manages it all and is able to help save the world with time to spare. I just loved how much she grew as a character not only between books but also throughout Guardian of Secrets. She's so strong, and even in the midst of having her heart broken, she is able to pick up the pieces and move on thanks to the wonderful support system she has in the other Sentinels. Speaking of support, the girl power element was so wonderful to see in this book! Too often, we get girls that are catty and constantly fighting against each other or trying to bring other girls down. In this book, Gia is surrounded by strong, supportive females who work hard to build each other up instead of tear them down. Faith, Deidre, and Lei were always there for Gia no matter what she was going through. Even when Gia thinks that her and Deidre aren't getting along, Deidre surprises Gia by completely ending a friendship because she doesn't want to see Gia get hurt. I just really appreciated the supportive, strong females in this story and I hope to see more of it not only in future Library Jumpers books, but in other YA books as well. Another character that I really liked seeing grow up and evolve was Nick. It was hard seeing him struggle to get acclimated to his powers, and there were times that I just wanted to give him a hug, but I loved the relationship between him and Gia. They're such a great brother-sister (they're actually cousins but they're definitely more like brother and sister) pair and I just could not get enough of how dedicated to each other they were. No matter what Nick was going through, Gia refused to give up on him, despite people warning her to stay away from him because of who his father is. They were just so fantastic both as individual characters and a duo and I hope to see so much more of them in the next book! As far as the other characters, I thought they were well-written, but I wasn't all about them like I was when it came to Gia and Nick. Although I did love Faith so very much! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters so much more in this book and I was so attached to them in their own little ways.

Yes. Just all of my yes. I was sucked in to the writing of this book like a Sentinel jumping through a gateway book. Brenda Drake is a fantastic writer and I love the way that she creates and builds upon the worlds that she creates. With the world of Library Jumpers, she's created a really unique magic system that is still evolving and characters that you want to invest your time into following. I read one chapter and realized that I was going to love this book based off of only one chapter. It's so easy to fall into this world and get caught up with Gia and her relationship drama with Arik, or Nick and his growing Wizard powers, or even Faith and her cooking misadventures. Having a book that is so beautifully written that you're easily able to picture the numerous locations that the characters travel to makes reading that much more enjoyable, and Guardian of Secrets does just that. There's never a moment where you feel lost or out of place because there's just so much depth and dimension to the writing that you really feel like part of the story. Which is a fantastic feeling when you consider you're reading about a girl who can use a book to visit libraries all over the world!

Guardian of Secrets was a fantastic continuation to the Library Jumpers series. With new and unexpected characters, an action-packed story line, and vivid writing that is sure to draw you in until the very last page, this is one sequel you don't want to miss! Be sure to pick up Guardian of Secrets when it releases on 07 February 2017 and continue the addictive story of Gia and her library jumping friends!
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February 9, 2017
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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)by Brenda DrakePublication Date: February 7, 2017Publisher: Entangled Teen
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
My Review
While I liked this book, I liked the first one a little bit more. I think that's just because the first book I felt there was more action from the start. With this book, it took a little longer for the action to beginning but once it started the action and adventure kept coming. In this book their were more deaths then the last one. My favorite characters would have to be Bastien. I just love him, and I think him and Gia have a lot more in common, and there so hot together. I feel like Gia is more herself around him, and they just seem to get one another. Arik I really feel sorry for in this book, something happens to him, and while this takes place, Gia and Bastien  start to spend more time together, and Gia decides to give him a chance. Of course with how things ended in this book, there is a chance Gia and Arik could get back together. But I really want Gia and Bastien to stay together. Nick I freaking love, I feel so sad for him, his so afraid his going to turn bad like his birth father. I do like somethings that happened to him in this book. But bad things happen to him also. I really hope he stays on the good side. Nick and Gia's relationship has to be my favorite in this book. I love how much they act like brother and sister and how they have each other's back. The book of course ended in another cliffhanger and now I have to freaking wait for the third book in the series to find out what happens next. Will Nick stay on the good side or get corrupted by his father? Who does Gia chose and what happens to the other guy? How will everything end? I can't wait to find out. I am so happy I was chosen to be part of this book tour. And I voluntarily requested to be part of the book tour. And this review is my complete and honest opinion on how I feel about this book.
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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 charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
Website - http://www.brenda-drake.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/brendadrake Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda... Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brendadrake... Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
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351 reviews21 followers
June 19, 2020
Pour ma part ce second tome présente encore plus de défauts que son grand frère... Je ne dirai pas que c'est une déception (cela signifierait que j'en attendais quelque chose)... Je ne l'ai pas vraiment aimé. Globalement, le livre manque de développements et de profondeur, tout n'est traité qu'en surface (en tout cas à mes yeux).

Les personnages sont survolés et j'avoue que seul Jaran trouve grâce à mes yeux, avec Deidre. L'univers passe au second plan, au détriment de la "romance" et des tergiversations intestines de Gia, et ça, j'avoue que ça m'a vraiment gonflé. Les développements de ses sentiments ne m'ont pas vraiment convaincu (même si je comprends sa colère et que je la trouve légitime, j'avoue avoir plus de mal avec les sentiments "naissants" qui à mon goût, sont mal amenés).

J'ai toujours un problème avec la traduction et les accords sujet-verbe qui passent à la trappe mais d'autres qui sont mis (ex : "Il est allée"). Véridique (cf p224). Lorsque ça arrive une fois, je veux bien être conciliante (le livre fait quasiment 500 pages donc bon, une ou deux coquilles ça passe encore), mais quand c'est une erreur récurrente... En tout cas pour moi, ça ne passe plus. De même, j'ai parfois eu du mal avec les dialogues, où j'ai trouvé que ce n'était pas forcément très clair, ou pas cohérent dans l'enchaînement...
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872 reviews619 followers
November 7, 2017

This book was delightful! I liked the first book in this series, but this one was so much better! The author really kicked it up a notch with the second book in the Library Jumpers series.

This book was such a ride. I read this book in a single day because I simply could not put it down! It enthralled me that much. So naturally, the first thing that I notice about this sequel is that the writing is so much smoother. I had some issues with the first book with regard to some of the choppy dialogue and story, but that has disappeared with Guardian of Secrets. I am actually thrilled to say that!

The next thing that I noticed is that I was more invested in the characters this time around. I remember enjoying the first book, but one of the things that bothered me most about the first book was that I felt no real connection to the characters. This book had the opposite effect. There were some scenes where I genuinely teared up with emotion- and THAT makes for a great story! I am so impressed with how far this book has come from the first one of this series.

As with the first book, this book had very well implemented plot twists and surprises. I loved trying to guess what was going to happen and where allegiances lay. The plot grew very nicely over the course of the book. It was fairly complex and had so many different elements to it. It was truly a joy to read.

I loved the romance in the book. There was betrayal, mystery, and heartbreak. I loved going through the ladder of love and heartbreak with the main character. There were just so many feels! I loved the mystery that surrounded the romance in the book as well. While there wasn't a love triangle per se in the book, the main character does fall in and out of love with two gentlemen. This aspect of the story gave it so much emotion.

Overall, this follow-up is a must read! I am so glad that I continued the series after only "liking" the first book because I "love" this book! This book may very well cement a new favorite series on my bookshelf, but I suppose we will see once the third book is released. And yes, that means I will definitely be continuing the series.

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49 reviews
August 20, 2023
Tellement mieux que le tome 1 !
Le scénario prend une tournure que j'apprécie beaucoup et le rythme ralenti donnant une vraie profondeur à l'histoire
Bastien > Arik
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6,423 reviews215 followers
October 30, 2017

After reading Thief of Lies I really couldn't wait till I got my hands on Guardian of Secrets and now I can't wait to get my hands on Assassin of Truths. Now I liked the first book but didn't really care for the insta-love in it and the second book has the dreadful love triangle still.

I don't know what it is lately but I've been so against love triangles - I've always been against insta-love. Besides that little tidbit I was still invested in this book and there's no doubt about it at all that I will definitely be reading the third book. Now I really don't care about this "love triangle" at all. While reading the first book I was all for Gia being Arik but while reading this book the love triangle was just way too painful for me. I gave zero fucks about who she was with the entire time.

Other than that I still think it's a pretty cool idea and I would absolutely die if I could library hop like them. I hope the next book will be way better.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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1,591 reviews192 followers
August 1, 2018
This was a good middle book. There were moments that could've been better, but I definitely want to know how this story will end...especially after hearing more of the prophecy. Plan to read the final book next month.
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172 reviews
February 27, 2017
Très grosse déception. J'ai beaucoup aimé le 1er tome mais ce tome tourne quasi uniquement autour du triangle amoureux.
Je lirai le 3ème pour finir la série mais sans grande conviction.
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2,527 reviews210 followers
November 19, 2017
After the craziness that was the first book, I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I did. Surprisingly, I really liked this book and I'm surprised at what all happened. So many love interests changing among the craziness that is the Mystik world. I have no idea what will happen next, but I can't wait to find out. Also, I am 200% Team Bastien- fight me.
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711 reviews18 followers
September 18, 2019
I’m kind of really sad right now... That ending was just... OOF. So uh, everything I want to say is spoilers, so I’ll avoid saying anything. I’ll just follow a quick couple points I wanted to make and then stop this review before I tell you all everything that happens.

•First of all: AHHHHHHHH. I’m so torn between Team Arik and Team Bastien😩 I love Arik because he was the first guy that came around. On the other hand, Bastien’s pretty awesome. And I feel like Brenda Drake was adding new things to Arik’s personality so we’d purposely dislike him. Personally, I still think he’s great. But... Bastien... I’m telling you, there’s so much I wish to say.

•Okay, now that I have that out of the way, I can properly rant about how DENSE Gia can be. I won’t add anything to that. You’ll just have to see for yourself. There were just so many “plot twists” that seemed 100% obvious to me.

•Yes, some parts were predictable, but I don’t think anybody could’ve predicted those last 2 hours of the audiobook. I was pretty stunned at some of the things that happened. And a bit ticked off with the author. She just broke my heart and shrugged it off, but whatever.

Yeah, that’s about all I’ve got to say on this one. It was very dramatic in the romance department and predictable, although Brenda Drake hid a few things successfully. And now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be listening to the next audiobook.
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69 reviews
June 18, 2017
au début c'était vraiment long à démarrer j'ai trouvé cependant après sa c'est décoinces en quelque sorte et j'ai apprécie ma lecture cela dit il y a quand même deux trois petit trucs qui m'ont fait lever les yeux au ciel notamment quelque que clichés dont le légendaires et prévisible LOVE TRIGLE , j'avoue que je n'en peut plus et encore celui si n'était moins gênant que d'autre mais bon .sinon l'intrigue et bien développé j'aie était à des moments surprise puis à d'autre il y avait des événement prévisible . l'univers est assez originale mais j'ai l'impressions de m'y perdre quelque fois .
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1,494 reviews17 followers
March 28, 2018
This is the second book in the "Library Jumpers" series. The way this book ended I really do need to read book #3. There is more, "black" magic in this book. There were some super-sized surprises found in this book. Each chapter made the characters seem more real. I plan to read book #3 some time next month.
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