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Reckless (Mirrorworld #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  13,808 Ratings  ·  1,741 Reviews
Feen und Fantastik: Treten Sie ein in die Welt hinter dem Spiegel!

Obwohl Jacob Reckless immer darauf geachtet hat, die Welt hinter dem Spiegel vor seinem Bruder geheimzuhalten, ist Will ihm gefolgt – in das seltsame, grausame und doch so wunderbare Märchenreich der Kaiserin, der Goyl und der Feen. Will wurde dort von einem Goyl angegriffen und versteinert jetzt langsam zu
Audiobook, 8 pages
Published September 2010 by Oetinger Audio
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Liz Purvis This is the first book in Cornelia Funke's Reckless series. It's also being reprinted as Reckless: The Petrified Flesh. Hope that helps!

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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

When Jacob Reckless was a boy, he discovered another world on the other side of the mirror in his father’s abandoned study. After keeping the mirror world secret for twelve years, Jacob’s younger brother finds his way through the mirror and is terminally cursed. Now Jacob and his brother must journey to the most dangerous territories of the mirror world to bargain with untrustworthy creatures to reverse the
★ 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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I had no idea what to expect from this but I reeeeally liked it. I know I read Inkheart 52 million years ago. But I didn't like Dragon Rider much at all, so it didn't really occur to me I'd want to read more Cornelia Funke. I'M SO GLAD I DID. This was stuffed with dark vicious stabby fairy tale fantasticness. My kind of story basically.

(NOTE: apparently this is actually an edition that's been editing again and rewritten a bit by Cornelia Funke before republishing with this cover?? So I can't com
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
1/6/2017 Kindle freebie alert. Cornelia Funke is a very talented German fantasy author, and whoever is translating her books into English does a great job of it.

ETA: The Kindle version is here:
Sep 27, 2010 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
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
Reading Teen
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ich mag es, wie Cornelia Funke die Märchen meiner Kindheit in ein neues Gewandt kleidet. Auch beim wiederholten lesen hat die Geschichte nichts an Spannung verloren; im Gegenteil man findet immer neue Details.
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
2.5 Stars

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The Petrified Flesh (or Reckless as it used to be called), is a series by Cornelia Funke that I have seen in the bookstore about a million times. Something, however, stopped me from reading it previously. I can't even begin to explain why, because her Inkworld trilogy is one of my favorite children's books and The Thief Lord I also enjoyed a lot.

Maybe it was just a warning from myself, because now that I read it, it didn't fee
Stephanie Jobe
Feb 29, 2012 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2010 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
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 02, 2014 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
~♥~ happinesslife

Adéntrate en un mundo de fantasía donde conviven enanos, hadas, humanos y cualquier otra criatura mágica que imagines; y acompaña a Jacob en la búsqueda de una cura para su hermano.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We have a saying in my country-"Ni vrit ni mimo." Neither there nor here. Neither smells or stinks. And that's exactly what this book is- a face of mediocrity. If meh ever gets its own definition in a dictionary, it will have Reckless as an example.

This book can't decide what it wants to be. Story about world inspired by Wonderland? Retelling of fairytales? There is this completely new world, but there is actual Sleeping Beauty there. The main character has a lock of Rapunzel's hair. Snow White
Apr 09, 2012 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
Simona Bartolotta
Già il titolo è suggestivo, non c'è che dire. Specie per me che non cerco altro che un libro in cui perdermi. Se poi ci metti accanto il nome di una grande come la Funke, il gioco è fatto e per ore ed ore mi chiudo nella mia stanza e non mi vede più nessuno.
Ancora una volta, ho ceduto al fascino del profumo di libro nuovo.
La storia è sublime, e c'è poco altro da dire. Non fosse stato per un altro libro che mi ero ripromessa di leggere l'avrei finito in meno tempo. Ma forse è stato un bene. Tre
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 12/2017
so updating my review
I enjoyed this as much as the first time , though I read it in less time I feel like I was slowly enjoying it, cant help but Love Jacob, and all he did for his brother Will,
all the characters are equally loved, and the fairy tails are simply inspiring, still it is kinda more enjoyable cos I l know I can devour the next two books without wait, re-reading Fearless and then jumping to the Golden Yarn, I only regret not paying attention to my German lessons, I think
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Cornelia Strikes Again!

I have to say that Cornelia Funke is one of my all-time favorite authors. She is fantastic at creating an entire new world with inspiring 3-dimensional characters. Believable characters. This is just more proof of her wonderful story-telling.
Jacob Reckless is a character we can all understand, even if we don't want to. What happens to a child neglected? One who's father is gone? Slipping farther and farther away from the family he still has until he finally pulls his broth
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
*MystGrrl Reviews*
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to *MystGrrl Reviews* by: lovers of fairy tales, legends & myths
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads, ya
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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
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marta Cox
I've received a copy of this from Netgalley but it is all over the place with missing words so I am unable to read and review at this time. Hopefully I will receive a 'cleaner' copy soon
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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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Mirrorworld (5 books)
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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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