Book Review: Reckless by: Cornelia Funke


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
September 14, 2010

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For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world--a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests--but also a world locked in a deadly war.

Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever. 

Review: I've  never read any other books by Cornelia Funke, but if this is how she writes, I know I'll pick them up! Jacob has been haunted by the Mirrorworld ever since his father disappeared. Over the years, he spends more and more time over there - neglecting the family he has left. Until the day his brother (Will) follows him through to Mirrorworld.

Jacob's been over there enough times and has learned how to survive in the twisted fairy tale world. However, his brother and his brother's girlfriend are naive in the ways of Mirrorworld and can be easily duped or hurt. Will gets cursed and is now turning into a stone Goyl. Jacob races against time and battles many enemies to save his brother.

I loved the descriptiveness of the book and the beautiful artwork on the cover. The story felt slow at some points, but it picked back up easily and quickly. This is a great story of fraternal love and the price we pay for our families. I think Jacob learned how much his brother truly meant to him, but at first it took Will being cursed to bring it out in him. I don't think he didn't love his brother before, but when your family is in a bad situation, sometimes all you want to do is escape and that's what Mirrorworld was to Jacob - his escape. It's a good lesson - when you're trying your hardest to outrun the 'bad' stuff in life, sometimes the good things/people get left behind, too.

Reckless Series: Reckless (1), Restless (2)


  1. Great review, Star. I have read Inkheart by the same author and I enjoyed it but I haven't gotten to any of Funke's other books yet. This one sounds promising :)

  2. Wow, that is a great review!
    I think her Inkheart series were made into a movie right?
    I'm totally going to check it out!!

  3. Nice review.
    Never read anything by her, but I did see that movie

  4. Oh I am so excited to see this review :) I need to get my bum over to the book store right now to buy this! I'm a huge Funke fan, and I highly recommend you read the Inkheart trilogy :) It's brilliant, in my opinion ;)

  5. I have read the Inkheart Trilogy, and have a copy of The Thief Lord by Funke (which I haven't picked up yet). They seemed to be written for younger readers, and except for the last book were fairly juvenile. I loved them anyway! This new book seems to be geared for an older audience? I definitely have my eye on it!

  6. I LOVE Cornelia Funke. I have read the whole Inkheart trilogy and cannot wait to read this book!!!!!


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