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Peek Inside Thief of Lies

While examining a book of world libraries, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her in and transports her to a Paris library, where magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books rescue her

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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.


"Drake's world building is intriguing: powerful battle globes (Arik wields a fire globe; He can manipulate the fire into a thin whip"), new races of fairy creatures who work in tandem with Sentinels and wizards, and--best of all--portals in libraries, which many readers will eagerly believe are mystical places." - Kirkus Reviews

"This fast-paced fantasy filled debut is one you don't want to miss in 2016. I can't wait to see what Drake does next and I will be eagerly awaitingBook 2 in the Library Jumpers series. This is a must read for fans ofThe Girl at Midnight!" - Cody, Literary-ly Obsessed

"Brenda Drake does a wonderful job juggling all these elements with likable and interesting characters, while never slowing down the narrative. Thief of Lies is the first book I've read by this author and it's left me wanting more! It's a perfect book not only for YA fantasy fans, but also adult bookworms and library lovers." - Kim, By Hook or By Book

"I thought this book had all the right elements to be a successful young adult fantasy." - Rê, U.S. - Brazil Book Review

"Libraries and magic? Count me in! The premise of this book sounded just so cool that I had to give it a try and the pretty cover definitely added to my excitement for this book. This book is exactly what the blurb promises and more." - Lola, Lola's Reviews

"THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!" - Portia Lynn, It's Portia's Books

"Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is a story filled with magic, libraries, and memorable characters. I absolutely loved it! It has everything I could want in a first book to a series. Suspense, detailed world building, and all sorts of plot twists." - Andrea Garcia

"Wow! What a rollercoaster ride of fun this story was. The first in BrendaDrake's Library Jumpers series, THIEF OF LIES, is full of action,romance, and magic." - Martha Mayberry

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752221
Series: Library Jumpers, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Brenda December 17, 2015

Hello all, I'm the author, so naturally I'm biased. But this is the book of my heart. It's filled with libraries, magic, and romance and set in some of my most favorite cities. Libraries have always been a magical place for me and there are so many beautiful libraries around the world. I'm sort of j ...more

By Ben March 06, 2017


Well, starting of this is such a unique idea for a story. I really love the abundance of different magical beings.. that was so good.
I love the idea of these people being able to jump through books/libraries to different realms! I LOVED the idea of magical orbs, each different powers for differe ...more

By Carrie December 27, 2017

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is the first book in the Library Jumpers young adult fantasy series. The title of the series is completely accurate in describing what to expect when picking this one up, Gia Kearns is with her friends in a library when she spies a cute boy and while watching him he sud ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ February 03, 2018

***Updated Review After Re-Read***

Thief of Lies was addicting and completely entertaining. And I'm so glad that I re-read this book! You see, the first time I picked this up, I struggled connecting to the characters. The story was so much fun, but I never felt as though I was fully immersed u


By Cody December 24, 2015

Wish you could visit all the libraries in the world? Wouldn’t it be incredible to go from library to library, all in the drop of eye? So what better way to travel than by book? But wait; would a broody guy to accompany you who also looks good in leather I might add, sweeten the deal? How about a mag ...more

By Booknut January 08, 2016

It's always a relief when you find a YA book that:
(A) Uses unique concepts,
(B) Features intriguing character names,
(C) Entertains and delights you, the reader.

And when you find one that contains all know you've found a winner. As is the case with Brenda Drake's amazing Thief of Lies.

Bo ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) December 13, 2015

Can I just that I loved this book? Gia is a strong, determined, and observant character who loves books and libraries, but who also has won many awards in fencing. When she sees a guy in leather gear disappear from the reading room at the Boston Anthenæum, she's quick to investigate and unwittingly ...more

By Danielle's December 27, 2017

Secret, magic and libraries.

Gia and her friends are going to visit a lush library, Boston Athenaeum. Every reader's dream, right? Little does she know, she is about to uncover a hidden deadly secret. She sees an interesting character in the library that seems to just disappear. Gia can't help herse ...more

By Elaine December 07, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

Having participated in the cover reveal for the sequel to this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read this one and what a surprise it turned out to be! I’m not quite sure what I expected, but I certainly hadn’t anticipated it being such an enthralling page turner. It is a YA fanta ...more

By ☆Dani☆ January 20, 2018

I give this book 5 out of 5 Magical Stars!!!💖💛💙💚💜!!!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this BOOK!!!💖💛💙💚💜 When I requested copies of this series from the publisher I was definitely intrigued but the results I received absolutely blew me away! This has to be one of my all time favorite fantasy books of all time now! ...more

By Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd) February 19, 2019

This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I've been waiting to read this book for almost two years, since the book was titled "Library Jumpers". That was all I needed to know in ord ...more

By Ambur February 19, 2016

I've been super excited about this book ever since I heard about it months ago, so I jumped at the chance to read it! I actually chose THIEF OF LIES as the first book that I wanted to read for 2016, and it was an absolutely wonderful choice! I loved it so, so much, and I've been raving about it ever ...more

By December 04, 2015

ARC via NetGalley

This was a fun story. As a bookworm, the library jumper concept immediately grabbed me. I could easily picture myself as a super happy person discovering a world full of magic inside a library... Hmm... Wait a second... isn't that how I normally feel when I go to the library? Intere ...more

By Lola December 27, 2015

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Libraries and magic? Count me in! The premise of this book sounded just so cool that I had to give it a try and the pretty cover definitely added to my excitement for this book. This book is exactly what the blurb promises and more. There are people ...more

By Sabrina January 12, 2016

rom the fast paced story line, to the brilliantly written characters, Thief of Lies is sure to stick in around in everyone's mind for a long time. There were a lot of components that made this book so different from others in it's genre, such as the plot line, design of the world itself, and the cha ...more

By Pintip January 25, 2016

I simply adored this book. The story was exciting, the characters were charming, and the writing was fantastic. Besides, it's about one of my favorite places -- libraries; specifically, magical portals that will take you to the most beautiful libraries in the world. Can this be an actual thing in re ...more

By Carlene Inspired June 09, 2016

Gia spends her time with her two best friends, her nana, and her Pop. She focuses on school, her hobby is fencing, and she's more than awkward around boys. Until she sees Arik in the library, in all leather he stands out among the books, and when he disappears, leaving only a book behind open to a P ...more

By Teresa August 19, 2016

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 ...more

By Lynndell January 18, 2016

The Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is a magnificent read. Thank you Entangled Publishing for the copy of The Thief of Lies! First of all, I love the cover and the story concept. Another plus, the young woman on the cover actually matches the description of Gia that Brenda Drake describes in the book! ...more

By Ideally.Portia December 31, 2015

*ARC Kindly provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!*

“Gia, you can never be lonely in the company of books.”


When you put libraries and magic together, it is definitely a recipe for excitement. Well, for book nerds anyway. So here we have ...more

By Cátia January 01, 2016

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*I was provided a eARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The first time I read the blurb for Thief of Lies I knew I had to read this book. First it is a fantasy book and I’ve been needing a new fantasy series to read. Second, it’s about lib ...more

By Rebecca January 19, 2016

YA Heaven!!! ...more

By Barb (Boxermommyreads) January 11, 2016

This is the second book which has been sent to me by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review and I can say that so far I am impressed. This book has been highly anticipated in the blogging/booktube community for months, primarily because everyone sees the plot centers around "library jumping ...more

By Andrea February 05, 2016

Well, well, well, this was certainly interesting. After the first few chapters, I was convinced I would give the book a 2-star rating. It was all over the place, introduced too many ideas at once, and the story made little sense. Also, Gia's crush on apparently super hot and sexy Arik got on my nerv ...more

By Michelle December 29, 2015

Looks like the Library Jumpers series has the potential to be huge! There's so many diverse characters and possible potential future side plots. All sorts of magical creatures. It's really exciting to wonder where this will go.

Gia Kearns learns she is part of a hidden world of library Sentinels, kep ...more

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Brenda Drake

About the author

NY Times Best Selling Author

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 is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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