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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

This cover is creepy-looking, isn't it? It was intriguing to me but gave me the willies at the same time. Really interesting book. It took awhile to get in to the story line but was well worth it in the end. Unfortunately it's another series and the next book isn't due out for awhile. I loved how it brought a lot of different fairy tales into play but in a different way than you might expect. The fairy tales were a major part of the story but not the story itself.

Jacob's father has been missing for years with no word from him. Jacob is intrigued by the mirror in his father's study and discovers that it leads to another world where fairy tales are real but the happily-ever-after is not. He alternates between the mirrorworld and the real for several years, spending more and more time in the mirrorworld where he is a treasure hunter. His younger brother Will follows Jacob one day and is injured by a Goyl, a man made of stone. Because of this injury Will is slowly turning to stone. Jacob frantically searches for a cure along with Clara, Will's girlfriend who followed Will through the mirror.

Don't be fooled into thinking that because this book contains fairy tales that it is appropriate for younger children. It definitely isn't. The story line is quite dark and even depressing. There is some rather startling violence and some scary creatures. The mirror world is being taken over by the Goyls and is not a happy place. There is also some sex in the book so beware. You may want to read it first before recommending it to your middle-schooler. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger than that. It really is more of a Young Adult book. Rated PG-13.

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