Title: Reckless  Author: Cornelia Funke  Publisher: Hachette Book Group
The Mirrorworld.  Not the happiest place on Earth, really.  Jacob Reckless finds that out very quickly when, after all these years he's been to the Mirrorworld, his younger brother follows him and gets himself caught in a Evil Fairy's curse.  There's only one person who can figure out how to reverse the curse.  Jacob's that person, but will he have enough time to save his brother and himself?


When I heard about this book, I got really excited.  I mean, who wouldn't?  If Cornelia Funke's the author, I'm reading it.  She's been one of my favorite authors for at least six years because I got hooked on the Inkheart series.  I've pretty much read all her books and was disappointed when I ran out of books written by her to choose from.  Then, whallah!  Reckless comes out!  I should've have read this sooner because it was just what I was expecting from Ms. Funke.

Jacob Reckless reminds me a lot of someone I know.  While I read books, the characters tend to relate to one of my friends or something which makes it that much more entertaining to read.  The way he risks his life to save his brother from a curse is really remarkable.  In the beginning, from the way the intro is stated, it seems as though Jacob and Will never really had that brotherly type of relationship because Jacob was always in the Mirrorworld.  I'm glad that Jacob was the one who decided to turn his ways around and realize that he should've been there for Will when no one else was.

Fox and Clara were both great characters in this novel.  Fox being the girl, or vixen, to do everything without really needing help from anyone, including Jacob, makes me wish that I could be more like her.  She was also very wise and knew what to do and not to do in the Mirrorworld.  Clara was strong for the situation she was put into.  She experienced many things at once and didn't really know what was going on or where she was but she stuck with it to save Will.

One of my favorite features in this novel was all the classic fairy tales that were thrown in there during Jacob's quest.  The Witch's house where Hansel and Gretel were kidnapped, Sleeping Beauty's castle and Rapunzel's hair were one of the few things I thought made a great addition to the story.

After reading this, I hope and pray that there will be a sequel to this novel.  I will definitely be rereading this story many, many times.

Readers 12+


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