Published by Entangled Teen on January 5, 2016
Series: Library Jumpers #1
Genres: Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Guardian of Secrets
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.
Today I have a guest post from Brenda Drake, Author of Thief of Lies. She is going to talk about some of her favorite libraries from around the world! Does that make you as overly excited as it does me??! Lets jump right into it. 😉
Psst: you can click on any of the pictures to learn more about that library.
Brenda Drake: In my novel, THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers Book 1), Gia accidentally transports through a gateway book that links the great libraries of the world. I’m here today to introduce the amazing libraries that make an appearance in this first book of the series. So let’s take a tour …
- The Boston Athenæum – Boston, Massachusetts.The story begins with Gia and her friends, Afton and Nick, visiting this library. Throughout the series, Gia keeps coming back to this library. It’s her tether to home. The library holds so many book and art treasures, and is full of history. The architecture is beautiful with its sweeping ceilings and large windows. This picture is of the fifth floor reading room. I just love the tunnel-like staircases that lead to scaffold balconies surrounding the bookcases.
Source (Link: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2015/09/11/boston-athenaeum-open-house/)
- The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is the National Library of France. This is the Paris library that Gia and her friends end up in when they transport through the gateway book the first time. This reading room is massive and I love the circular window that line its dome skylight ceiling.
Attribution: “France, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, site Richelieu, salle ovale” by Vincent Desjardins – Flickr: France, Paris : Bibliothèque nationale de France, site Richelieu, salle ovale 1897-1936. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:France,_Paris,_Biblioth%C3%A8que_nationale_de_France,_site_Richelieu,_salle_ovale.jpg#/media/File:France,_Paris,_Biblioth%C3%A8que_nationale_de_France,_site_Richelieu,_salle_ovale.jpg
Source (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblioth%C3%A8que_nationale_de_France)
- Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. One of the bookcases in this room hides the entry into the wizard haven, Asile. You might recognize this library from the Harry Potter movies. It was used to film one of the library scenes. I wasn’t aware of this when I wrote the book, but it was fun to find out about it. The library with its dark wood and coffered ceiling with depictions of open books on squared tiles, is old and has a warm feeling to it.
Book Briefs: I love the Bodleian library so much. When I studied at Oxford, I would just go sit and stare at everything in there. I would go to study, but never got very much done because everything was just so beautifully distracting. haha
Source: (Link: http://www.cotswolds.info/places/oxford/bodleian-library.shtml)
- The Vatican Apostolic Library – Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Arik and Gia jump into this library during their library hop to throw off the trail of any would be pursuers. I love all the murals on the walls, columns, and ceiling.
Source (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Library)
Attribution: “The Sistine Hall of the Vatican Library (2994335291)” by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium – The Sistine Hall of the Vatican LibraryUploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Sistine_Hall_of_the_Vatican_Library_(2994335291).jpg#/media/File:The_Sistine_Hall_of_the_Vatican_Library_(2994335291).jpg
- The Russian National Library, St. Petersburg, Russia. In the story, a bookcase in this library hides the entrance into the haven, Esteril, home of our ruthless antagonist.
Source (Link: http://fillthewell.com/here-are-22-of-the-most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/)
- The Mafra National Palace Library in Portugal. The climax of the book stakes place in this library. Such a beautiful and spacious place to do all sorts of dastardly deeds in.
Source (Link: http://www.all-about-portugal.com/mafra-national-palace/)
Off page – libraries Mentioned in THIEF OF LIES…
- Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. One of the characters in the book returns another character here. I can’t say more than that.
Source (Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jailman/9220782409)
- The Library of El Escorial Monastery, Spain. Demos and Afton hop to this library during the gateway hop to throw off any creature hunting Gia and her friends.
Source (Link: http://www.uam.es/otros/viii-ipc/MID-CONFERENCE%20TOUR.htm)
- National Library of Ireland – Dublin, Ireland. Lei and Nick jump here during the library hop.
Attribution: “National Library of Ireland 2011” by YvonneM – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Library_of_Ireland_2011.JPG#/media/File:National_Library_of_Ireland_2011.JPGSource
- Biblioteca Riccardiana Firenze – Florence, Italy. This is the library that Arik and Gia were suppose to jump to during the library hop, but something happens and they don’t end up there.
Attribution: “Biblioteca Riccardiana” by Sailko – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Biblioteca_Riccardiana.JPG#/media/File:Biblioteca_Riccardiana.JPG
Source (Link: http://www.artnet.com/artists/candida-h%C3%B6fer/-biblioteca-riccardiana-firenze-i-a-wY1FfkkV1cUXULXqm17F1Q2)
I hope you enjoyed my tour of the libraries featured in THIEF OF LIES. In the next two books of the Library Jumpers series, Gia and friends visit many more spectacular libraries. I can’t wait to share them with you!
Thief of Lies is the first book in the young adult Library Jumpers series by Brenda Drake. I mean, the name says it all! A series called Library Jumpers. How can any book lover pass that up?? They can’t and they shouldn’t! This book was amazing. So amazing that I have been staring at this page and writing and deleting paragraph after paragraph. I just cannot seem to write a proper review that 1) does this book justice and 2) is not over the top crazy gushy. I just loved this book so freakin’ much. So here goes my shot at a mini review, without being too spoilery or gushy.
The main character, Gia follows a guy in a library as he jumps into a book, and her adventure begins. I f I could trade places with one book character, it would be Gia! Umm, hello its a no brianer for me. She can jump from library to library in an instant. To be able to visit libraries all around the world makes me more excited than I care to admit. Not to mention, the plot is original, the characters are wonderfully developed, the magic and fantasy elements are on point and the romance is 5 star worthy.
Bottom line: this is a book, and a series that YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS. I know it is only January, but I am calling it now- Thief of Lies is going to be one of my favorite books of 2016!At @BookBriefs today: Win a kindle & tour the most beautiful libraries in the world with @BrendaDrake… Click To Tweet
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