Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: 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.
A fun, fast paced urban fantasy with some elements of sci-fi, the Library Jumpers will entertain young and old alike. Although the first book was somewhat beleaguered with young adult clichés, these fall away by the second book and you’re so swept up in the story that they don’t bother you nearly as much, or that’s how it worked for me anyway.
I am a gigantic fan of libraries and traveling, so reading about all these places was a reminder that I have many new things still to try and many new cultures to learn more about. I found that I rather liked Gia more in this book than in the first, and that I got more of the character development that I was hoping for as well.
Though teenage saviors might be a dime a dozen, what makes Gia stand out is her realistic reactions, the fact that she knew in many ways she was not like other people already, and the fact she knew about aspects of the Sentinel life, even if she would not admit it. So although she’s thrust in to the action rather abruptly in book 1, she’s learned a lot by the time we get to Guardian of Secrets, and is starting to see the bigger picture. I can only hope this continues in the next installment.
Drake gives us brief descriptions of some places to allow for the dialogue to take precedence, and I found I rather enjoyed when she gave herself time to linger in a place long enough to go into further detail. Pacing might be my only complaint really, that it would speed through scene after scene only to sort of a stall a couple times where nothing much happened. And when that’s the only issue, I am going to keep reading. In this case with a reward in the doing so. I highly recommend these books to any teen urban fantasy fans, and anyone who loves libraries like I do!
More info on book 1:
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).
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