Monday, January 3, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Reckless by Cornelia Funke

It's time to get back to routine. I had a wonderful holiday break with my family, but as of today it's business as usual here at Book Dreaming. I look forward to catching up with all of you!
 
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance. 

Reckless
by Cornelia Funke

Goodreads Blurb:
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.
The Inkheart Trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series (in spite of the Inkheart movie atrocity), so I was giddy when I first learned of this new series. Cornelia Funke is one of the best world-builders ever. She makes me long to climb inside her stories so I can experience her worlds for myself, and the Mirrorworld is almost as incredible as the Inkworld--almost. This time her bad guys are rock creatures called Goyle and an evil fairy who helps them. Jacob Reckless is the perfect hero with the perfect side-kick--a shape-shifting fox girl.

I would place this story in the upper MG/lower YA category, probably leaning a bit more toward YA--I couldn't resist it, though. Hopefully you'll forgive me this one time. If you love worlds of fantasy, you'll love this book. My 13-year-old and I both give it two thumbs up!


Happy Monday!

21 comments:

salarsenッ said...

I loved the Inkheart series, too. Hadn't heard of this, yet. (Yeah, I live under a rock.) Thanks for sharing!

Robyn Campbell said...

Love the Inkheart books. They are super fantastic. Gotta go get this one. (Hubby just loves you for showing me all of these books to buy.) *grin*

Happy New Year, bff.

Old Kitty said...

The book cover is amazing! :-)

Thanks for the info and the review from you and your 13 year old!! Wonderful! Take care
x

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I loved the Inkheart series too. I've seen this one in the store, but I'm not sure if I'm going to pick it up . . . but my 11 yo might be interested in it.

Angela Felsted said...

Sounds fun.

Carolyn V. said...

Woo! It sounds excellent! Cornelia always amazes me. It's on my tbr! =D

Jennie Englund said...

I LOVE what you're saying about RECKLESS, and Funke!

Welcome back, Shannon!

Is school in full swing again, too?

Katie Mills said...

My 13 year old sister absolutely loves these series but all I ever saw was the movie (blush). Guess I'll have to look into these!

Heather Kelly said...

My son's first grade class just finished reading Dragon Rider. I have to get on the Funke train, I think! Thanks for the cool review.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! happy new year! wow that book sounds soooo cool. rock monster and shape shifting! how cool is that. for sure my wanna read list just got more bigger.
...hugs from lenny

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, I have this one sitting in my TBR pile. Sounds like I need to bump it up to the top. :) (Oh, and I've added linkage for this. Sorry--wasn't sure if you'd be back to blogging yet) :)

Jen Daiker said...

I love the cover, it's so cool!!! I love that everyone loves the Inkheart series... looks like I've found something new to fall in love with.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Sounds like a good Young Teens read! I'll put it on my list! :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

p.s. Is it me, or is there lots of faery books in YA or upper MG, but not in solidly MG books?

Kimberly Franklin said...

I don't read much middle grade. Well, actually, I don't think I've read any middle grade with the exception of Harry Potter, but this one sounds really good. I might have to venture over into that section. :) Thanks!

The Golden Eagle said...

I just finished reading this book--great review! I loved it. :)

Melissa Gill said...

Oh, that looks spooky *rubs her hands together in delight*.

Tamika: said...

Happy New Year Shannon!

Jemi Fraser said...

I enjoyed Inkheart as well - I'll have to pick this one up! :)

Melissa said...

I haven't read the inkheart books but I have read this one and I really enjoyed it!!

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds awesome! Just added it to my list.

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