New Release Review & Giveaway:
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
BookCrushin is thrilled to help spread the word about today’s release Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake! In today’s post you will find all the book information, an excerpt, my spoiler-free review and a blitz-wide giveaway!
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.
We stepped into the Children’s Library and stopped in the center of the room. A massive light fixture designed to resemble the solar system dominated the ceiling. The hushed rumble of two male voices came from one of the reading nooks. I crossed the room, paused at the built-in aquarium, and inspected the fish. Afton halted beside me.
“This is great,” I whispered, not wanting to disturb whoever was in there with us. “Fish and books. What’s not to love?” Spotting a sign referencing classic books, I searched the shelves for my all-time favorite novel.
The male voices stopped and there was movement on the other side of the bookcase. I paused to listen, and when the voices started up again, I continued my hunt.
Warmth rushed over me when I found The Secret Garden. With its aged green cover, it was the same edition I remembered reading as a young girl. The illustrations inside were beautiful, and I just had to show them to Afton. Coming around the corner of the case, a little too fast for being in a library, I bumped into a guy dressed in leather biker gear. My book and notebook fell and slapped against the floor.
“Oh, I’m so sorry—” I lost all train of thought at the sight of him. He was gorgeous with tousled brown hair and dark eyes. Tall. He flashed me a crooked smile, a hint of dimples forming in his cheeks, before bending over and picking up my forgotten book.
He held the book out to me. “Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” He’d quoted a verse from The Secret Garden with a sexy accent that tickled my ears.
I stood there like an idiot, my heart pounding hard against my chest, unable to think of a response. The fact that he had read the book and could recite a line from it stunned me. And impressed me.
Say something. Anything.
“Good read there,” he said when it was obvious I wasn’t going to speak. He winked and nodded to a guy behind him before ambling off. When he reached the end of the row, he paused and glanced back at me, flashing me another killer smile, and then he disappeared around the bookcase.
Tingles rose in my stomach. He looked back at me. The guy following his Royal Hotness gave me a final appraisal before departing. His stringy blond hair hung over his large forehead. It looked like he hadn’t washed it in weeks, and there was probably an acne breeding ground under it. He grinned, and I broke eye contact with him, making for the nearest window.
Oh God, you’re so lame, Gia. You could have finished the quote or anything less tragic than not speaking at all. The response I would have said played in my head. With silver bells, and cockleshells, and marigolds all in a row. Why? Why hadn’t I said that?
Library Jumpers, who in their right mind wouldn’t jump at the chance to read something with a series title like that?
Let me set the scene for you. Gia Kearns, gets the chance to visit a library that would make any self respecting book lover drool, the Boston Athenaeum. What could be better than that? How about a hottie walking around said library in leather? Yum … that is until he disappears. What do you do? Well, if you are Gia, you go look at the book he was studying before the vanishing act and accidentally get sucked in. By following Mr. Hottie through the portal, Gia not only jumps into a different library, but uncovers some secrets that might just tell her who she really is … if they don’t kill her first.
I was SO excited when I found out I had the opportunity to review an ARC of this book! I cannot believe someone finally wrote a book about ME! Ok maybe not me, exactly … or at all … but about the super me I am in my mind. 🙂
Brenda Drake is a relatively new author, but so far I have to admit that I am very impressed. Her writing is witty, fun, very well paced, and the story is very fluid. Thief of Lies is full of some exciting twists and turns, as well as some OMG *jaw drop* moments. It was fun from beginning to end. Honestly, I did not want the book to end. It was just that good!
Thief of Lies is the total package; the cover is breathtaking, the story-line is imaginative, the writing is captivating. The only thing I wanted after finishing this book was the next installment. All in all, this book earned it’s way to a 5 out of 5!
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Author Bio: Brenda Drake
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up are of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling.
So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).