Guardian of Secrets
(Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
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.
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. 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. 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).
Many, many stories could go on my ten favorite books to read list. A lot are older ones. Like practically ancient. My all-time favorite will always be The Secret Garden. It holds special meaning for me and is weaved throughout the Library Jumpers series. But for this post, I decided to focus on more of my current favorite books. Have you read any of them? What are your favorites?
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, will always top my list. The writing and the world building is fantastical and lovely. I want to go to Hogwarts and be a wizard. I’d so be a Hermione.
2. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn is such an amazing story touching on sister bonds and tough decisions. The characters are well rounded and the relationship between Callie and Logan is sweet and swoon-worthy.
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell feels like a familiar story (see number one above) but is so different. I loved how the characters and the world feel real. Simon and Baz are just perfect together.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a novel filled with memorable characters and swoony moments. Perkins does the almost-kiss so well.
5. Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman stole my heart. It made me laugh and cry. Chapman puts such raw feelings into the story.
6. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is another tearjerker I couldn’t put down. It’s a gripping story about a school shooting. Within the tragedy that happens throughout the story, there is hope. The ending is gut punching. I loved the diversity in this book.
7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh was such an amazing read. It’s a reimagining of The Arabian Nights. Ahdieh writes settings that breathe life and characters that surprise the reader at every turn of the page.
8. The Reader by Traci Chee is a fantastical adventure that is beautifully written. It’s a book about the magic of words with amazing characters, heart-pounding action, and twists. Adored it!
9. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith is probably a series I don’t have to explain, but it’s a thrilling read with to-die (pun intended) for characters and intense romance. I do have to admit, I’m a bigger fan of the T.V. series.
10. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is a series I came to after early readers of mine mentioned the Library Jumpers series was similar and now I’m hooked. I’ve read the first two books and have the third in my TBR pile. I love Clary, Jace, and all the shadowhunters. And Simon—swoon! Clare can really write a story.