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Review: RECKLESS by Cornelia Funke

Posted by on October 7, 2011
Reckless (Free Preview) (Mirrorworld, #1.1) 
RECKLESS
Cornelia Funke
394 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 5th, 2011
Source: Paperback from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone. Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.

    Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned office. Over the years, he made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies – most important, Fox, a beautiful shape shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on. But life in this other world is about to change.

    Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl – a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone. Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell – before it’s too late.

    The first thing you think when you hear Cornelia Funke’s name is that she is a great fantasy author, right? You think about all her books – Dragonrider, Thief Lord, and the Inkheart trilogy, they’re all awesomely written and have a great casts of characters. So when I heard that Cornelia Funke came out with a new book I immediately thought that Reckless would be an interesting read.

    But I was slightly disappointed with how Reckless turned out. I’m not saying that it was a horrible and boring read that no one should pick up. I’m just saying that compared to the worlds Funke has created, this one didn’t come close. At times the book would slightly bore me and would just seem to drag on. And the thing that I hated the most about Reckless was that I didn’t know anything about Jacob. Most of the time the author gets the reader to love the main character and we get close to the other characters too. But in this book the reader does not know anything about any of the characters. Another thing is that even though this book doesn’t sound like the kind of book a 24 year old would read – the main character is 24 in Reckless. I would have found it much more easier to relate to Jacob if he had been 13, 14, or even 16 years old.

    By know you’ve probably read most of this review and you’re thinking this book sounds horrible and that I shouldn’t even take the time to read it. But you’re totally wrong. Reckless is a great read if you’re looking for something new. The magical world that Jacob lives in is, by all means, a great creation and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Mirrorworld. So check Reckless out, but be prepared – it won’t be what you except.

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This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude!


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9 comments

  1. Whoa, the main character is 24? That's surprising! It's a bummer Reckless didn't live up to Cornelia's other books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Calidude!

  2. I know there was a lot of discussion in my library as to where to put this book due to the dark take on fairy tales and the MC's age, but it ended up in the Children's dept along with the author's other books. I have “Thief Lord” on my bookshelve but I've yet to read it. I need to pick it up soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Calidude!

  3. I've never actually read anything by this author! But since you say this one isn't as good as the others I may start with it and then more on to the next. It does sound like a story I would enjoy. Great review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

  4. I love fantasies but the fact that it's hard to connect with the MC makes me think I should skip this one. I'll definitely give one of her other series a try though since I've never read any of her works.

  5. I've heard from people who loved this, but also from people who felt the same way: a bit disappointed and that it was hard to know the characters. Too bad! I haven't actually read any of her books, but this one does interest me.

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