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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke



Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive. . . .
For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.

Not anymore.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear. . . .

Unless he can find a way to stop it.



Audio CD, 0 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Listening Library (Audio)
ISBN: 0307583260 (ISBN13: 9780307583260)
series: Reckless #1
literary awards: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)



So, my wife recommended to me that I read something by Ms. Funke—she loves the Inkheart series!  I saw the dreadful movie, and just haven’t ventured into the pages of that series, but I have had it on my TBR to read The Thief Lord.  I saw this at the library, and checked it out thinking that I might like it, and, well, I more than liked.  I love this so hard.

The intricate and detailed way that Reckless is woven is magnificent.   It is like reading the brushstrokes of a master painter.  It is beautiful, hopeful, sad, and dark.  It is a very emotional book.  Heartache is at every bend.  But it never seems hopeless.

It is rare that I read a book and like all the main characters.  But that is exactly the case with Reckless.  I like them all.  Even most of the minor characters.  They are all equally tortured and desperate, loving and loved, miserable and joyful.  You can feel it all along with them.

The fairytale that Funke weaves is quite spectacular.  She manages to work in many of the human’s fairytales in a non-sappy natural manner.  It’s done in such a way that it is unexpected and surprising, but nonetheless awesome.

This is not a happily-ever-after book.  So don’t read it if that’s what you’re after.  The ending was a bit open, yet sufficiently closed that it could stand alone, but hinted slightly at a sequel.  According to Goodreads, there is a book #2 in the works.  Yay!

Here’s the book trailer:


4 Trees: Best read with reckless abandon

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1 comment:

  1. I've read one other person's thoughts about this book, but it was mainly an author interview. What I liked about that interview was that I learned that it was in alternating points-of-view (at least, I think it was, to the best of my recollection) and I really like when alternating POV are done well. But here, you've sold me completely with "It is beautiful, hopeful, sad, and dark."

    I think I'll pick this one up at my library based on your thoughts. You've sold this one pretty well. I already wanted to read it, but you make it sound pretty amazing.



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