Saturday 17 January 2015

Story Thieves by James Riley Review!

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Title : Story Thieves
Author : James Riley
Pages : 400
Published : January 20th 2015
Publisher : Aladdin
Source : Edelweiss
Purchase : Amazon/ iTunes

Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.

But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father…

…Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.

My Thoughts : 

For Owen, life is boring. He longs for something exciting to happen, like his favourite character Kiel Gnomenfoot, well he is in for a big surprise! When he is in the library helping his mother, he sees a book on the floor. Just as he goes to pick it up he sees the book moving and then, impossibly, a hand coming out of it. Next thing he knows, his classmate, Bethany pops out. 

He learns that Bethany is half fictional, her father popped out of a book and fell in love with her mother. When Bethany was little she accidentally jumped her whole party into a book and lost her father. She is afraid that something happened to him for him no to come back out and is now searching every and any book to find him. Owen cant believe the possibilities and is thrilled!! He tells Bethany that he will help her and he knows a spell that may help find her father, all they have to do is jump into the Kiel Gnomenfoot book and read the spell from the spell book. Bethany agrees on the condition that Owen follows the rules!! But can Owen follow the rules? What happens if he just says one thing to a character or tries to save someone?

Well this was such a fun read!! This is my first book by this author but it wont be my last. The Story Thieves is an engaging and action packed read and one that all ages will enjoy. 

I loved the plot so much. Who wouldn't love to be able to actually jump into their favourite stories. Could you imagine how awesome that would be!!! 

The characters were a breath of fresh air. Bethany has a magical gift but she doesn't abuse it. She knows the rules and sticks to them. When Owen sees her and what she can do, she freaks at first but thinks that it might be nice to have a friend to help. She started out as so nervous but her character developed so much throughout the book. 

Owen was such a cutie, he was so fun to read. He wants to be like his favourite character Kiel but is it all its cracked up to be? When Bethany tells him the rules he cant see the harm of trying to save someone, whats the worst that can happen?? His name may appear in the book, which would be ultra cool, right!! Wrong. Owen sets things in motion that he cant control! Even when he messes up, Owen will do the right thing. I loved his enthusiasm and his joy of seeing the characters. 

The friendship in the book was awesome. Bethany and Owen start out slowly because Bethany is afraid he will think she is crazy. Then Bethany and Kiel are thrown together and have the world to save while Own is thrown into the fictional world and has to save that! 

Every character was well written and developed, even the fictional characters. I loved Kiel! He was such a snarky fun character even if he is fictional within the fictional story ;). The plot within the plot I enjoyed as well. I loved the Kiel Gnomenfoot books and would so read them! I loved the fact that we are dealing with two separate plots but both intertwine. It was a unique and fun thing to read. 

Overall The Story Thieves was a fast paced and fun read. I read it with my boys and they loved the idea of jumping into books. They were discussing what books they would love to visit and I loved that! Its a book within a book and while aimed at the middle grade audience there's still enough of a plot for everyone to enjoy. 

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