Author: Cornelia Funke
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Reckless, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Beautiful, dangerous, and thrilling, Reckless is a darkly wrought, glittering fairy tale for young adults that made me feel like a child again--the only flaw is, I want more and can't wait for Fearless!
Jacob Reckless is a teenage boy who wants nothing more than to escape his life of sorrow and imprisonment, abandoning by his father. But soon, Jacob finds a gateway to another glittering world, through a mirror in his father's study. Mirrorworld is his and his alone--that is, until his younger brother follows him and is cursed by a fairy, doomed to turn into a stone Goyl and forget who he is. Along with a beautiful shapeshifter and Will's girlfriend, Clara, Jacob ventures all the deeper in this dark world--and this time, he isn't sure if he's going to make it out alive.
What I enjoyed:
-the exquisite writing style, like that of an old fairy tale passed down through the generations
-The world that is so believable and beautiful--and at the same time terribly dangerous and frightening
-Fox, and her rich history with Jacob
-The way fairy lore was kept to in this novel
-The Dark Fairy and Miranda
-The many characters that Jacob comes across, but it was easy to keep track
-The lore behind the Mirrorworld
-The mystery about Jacob's father
What I didn't enjoy:
I loved this novel--anyone looking for something like a fairy tale or a well-rounded fantasy story should check out Reckless! Next on deck: Sanctum by Sarah Fine!