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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers) Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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"...Drake's(Thief of Lies, 2016, etc.) continued love affair with libraries, through Gia's appreciation for their beauty and architecture, both grounds the world building and fills real libraries with a sense of potential wonder." -Kirkus Reviews
5 stars: "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." -Jen, Starcrossed Book Blog
5 stars: "I found this series to be more for the young adult to early twenties, but this old lady (50 yr old) really enjoyed it." -Annemarie, Goodreads Reviewer
4.5 stars: "Guardian of Secrets is the 2nd book in Brenda Drake's imaginative Library Jumpers series, and retains all the originality, magic, thrills, action, romance, and of course library jumping, of its predecessor, Thief of Lies. [...] Overall, this is sure to appeal to fans of YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance, particularly ones who enjoy stories featuring books and libraries. It's left me eagerly anticipating the next book!"-Kim, By Hook Or By Book
5 stars: "It is an amazing read, with just enough sass, romance, angst, sadness and adventure. I highly recommend people pick up the first book in the series, Thief of Lies. So I'm going to do what the title says... I'm going to guard the secrets of how brilliant this book really is!" -Laura Jayne, The Bookish Emporium
5 stars: "Brenda Drake knows how to write a book jumpers story. This book will keep you intrigued from the beginning to the end and make you anxious for what is to come in the series! Although this story is targeted for the YA, I believe that anyone can read this series and appreciate and enjoy it." -Melanie, Goodreads Reviewer
4 stars: "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." -Shelley, Gizmo's Reviews
5 stars: "The intensity of book two is very well done and the character development is spot on. I also like how the author gave us a great description of each library as the Chiavi are tracked down. The series is intense and very well done and would love to see more in this series." -Jen Farnworth, J.R.'s Book Reviews
5 stars: "This book was a great read!! I could not put it down." -Nicole, Goodreads Reviewer
4 stars: "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." -Megan, Under the Book Cover
5 stars: "I adore this series. It has plenty of tension to keep the pages turning, while being light enough to be an escape from the stress and frustration of politics. I really love Gia, and especially the way this one turns the old romance love triangle into something more complex.Fabulous, fun, and flirty, it's only a matter of time before these books work their way into classic status! (At least in my library, they already are!)" -Jami Leigh, Goodreads Reviewer
From the Author
Want to read more from New York Times bestselling author, Brenda Drake?
The Library Jumpers series
Jump into some of the worlds' most beautiful libraries and discover a secret world full of magic and danger.
·Thief of Lies
·Guardian of Secrets (releasing 2/7/17)
·Assassin of Truths (releasing in 2018)
The Fated series
With a simple touch of a tarot card, their fates will be determined.
·Seeking Fate (releasing in 2017)
Connect with Brenda
Top customer reviews
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake! This second book in the Library Jumpers series is as awesome as the first book, Thief of Lies. The beginning of the book reacquaints us with the characters and adventures that took place in the first book. Gia and her comrades are trying to blend into a regular human lifestyle while continuing the search for the keys. Gia isn't sure who she can trust and, at times in the story, who is deserving of her trust is unpredictable. Gia also meets someone who she thought was no longer alive. Her heart also goes on a roller coaster ride and back and forth between two guys that she deeply cares for. This story stretches Gia and her capabilities, but she hangs in there and becomes stronger because of it! I rate Guardian of Secrets 5 stars for action, intrigue and a fun fantasy adventure!
'Guardian of Secrets' is the exhilarating second installment in an absolutely wonderful young adult fantasy series that will leave readers begging for more. Since it's the second book in the series, I highly recommend reading the first book before this one. It's not completely necessary, but there are references to things that happen in the first book - and you might get a bit lost if you haven't read it. That being said, I'm so incredibly happy that this novel lived up to any hopes I had for it. There are so many series that start out really strong only to tank when it comes to the following installments. This book is just as good - if not a bit better - than the first, which was a very happy surprise.
A ton of stuff happens throughout the story - to the point where I can't elaborate much on the plot because of potential spoilers. There's a serious love triangle between Gia, Arik, and a new character named Bastien. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, but this one didn't bother me at all. I loved the romance and watching Gia's relationships with both guys develop throughout the story. Gia herself evolves a lot in the book. She's more mature, confident, and determined to do what's right. She's a realistic character with both positive traits and faults, and I was able to easy connect with her right away. The rest of the characters were all rounded with their own personalities to make them unique. I really loved getting to know each of them and I can't wait to see where the next book will take each of them.
Another big plus for me was the author's choice of writing style. She uses the first person point of view - which I'm a huge fan of for several reasons. The story is told from Gia's perspective, so we really get to know her on a deeply personal level. I think it's a perfect fit for the series and captures the inner workings of Gia's heart and mind, allowing the reader to really identify with her character. The author used vivid imagery and lots of detailed descriptions that brought each aspect of the story to life before my eyes. I easily slipped back into Gia's world from the beginning pages of the book, and I didn't come back out until I had finished the novel (which I ended up doing in a matter of a few hours). I can't wait for the next installment so I can see where the author will take the plot and the characters next. Very highly recommended for fans of fantasy, along with fans of young adult fiction, paranormal, contemporary, and even romance!
Even tough she can jump between libraries and have the most amazing adventures she still had to move away from all she knew. Her friends and family are still in danger, in reality, everyone is in danger. Besides, saving the world is kind of in her job description. Suddenly her amazing sentinel boyfriend starts acting up and Gia doesn't know what to do anymore. At the same time, strange things start to happen and she has to go and save the world, even if her heart is painfully broken.
I have to admit that Gia is one of my favourite main characters ever: she is strong and sure of herself but still has flaws and breaks down sometimes. Seeing what happened to her in this book was a little painful (well, more than a little).
The world in this series in very magical but it is still able to "keep it real". Magic is powerful but when abused it is also dangerous, especially when used to hurt people or in the quest for power over everyone. We have very good examples of that within this story and, having in mind it is directed to a YA audience, I believe it is a very important aspect. It is important to show that everything that can make a huge difference - like weapons - also comes with great responsibility.
The "relationship aspect" of the book is also complex, believable and confusing. I never thought that one day I would say that something being confusing was a good thing - actually, a great thing - but it is nonetheless. Sometimes - most times - feelings can be confusing and that is something that is often sugarcoated in literature. I admit that it is not a perfect depiction of what relationships are or may be but it is slightly educational and that is what is important.
The side characters are actually important and not just for show. One of the things I hate the most in books is meaningless side characters. When you have a set of people whose only function is to fill some space then they are meaningless. In this book, such as in the previous one, the side characters are "agents" in the story, they are interwined in the overall plot.
Overall this is a very good sequel and only makes me want to read the third book in this series even more. If you like fantasy mixed with reality and truth.
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