Release Date: January 5, 2016
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.
This one had all of the makings to be a great book but it feel a little short. Which was sad to me because the premise was so cool and that cover is beautiful.
One day while in the library, Gia watches some hot guy vanish into thin air. Well, actually, into a book. When she accidentally follows him, she's thrust into this world of magic that's more tied to her than she knows. Suddenly her life isn't her own anymore and her coming has been is part of an ancient prophecy and she basically has started the apocalypse. Whew...that's a lot to take in - one would think.
One of my issues with the book was how everyone just fit. Gia finds out she's part of this mystical world and she's cool like a few pages later. Same with her father and her friends and everyone else who comes into contact with Gia. Now, I'm not asking for major freakouts, but I just feel like there would have been more of an adjustment period instead of just blanket acceptance.
Also, this line from the blurb "Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them", yeah that's not true at all. Gia says early on that she's never been interested in boys but give it a few pages and suddenly it's all Arik this and Arik that. Oh and don't forget Bastien. Because yes, this needs to be a love triangle.
There were parts that I did like. The fact that a majority takes place in libraries all over the world was pretty awesome. I mean, they can jump from library to library by the pages in certain books. I would love that power! And once the plot was finally laid out, things started happening. This book really hit it's stride about halfway through when Bastien showed up. Missions happened and secrets were revealed.
While I don't buy the love story here at all, I liked the history and the puzzle that's laid before Gia. With the threat neutralized for the moment, our group gets a minor breather before what seems to be the a powerful evil force heading for them.