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Title:
A book of spirits and thieves
ISBN:
9781595147592

9781595147608
Publication:
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
Physical Description:
359 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
"A mysterious book and ancient magic bring together four young people in modern-day Toronto and the ancient kingdoms of Mytica"-- Provided by publisher.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.0 14.0 174884.
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TEEN FICTION Rhodes, M.
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YA FIC RHODES 2015
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Summary

Summary

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica - and an even darker version of its magic. Crystal Hatcher and her little sister, Becca, are working in the speckled Muse, their mother's downtown Toronto bookshop, when an unexpected parcel arrives. Inside is the object that will change their lives forever- a large leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language. When Becca opens it, she falls into a deep coma that sends her spirit to another world. Meanwhile, on the ritzier side of town, Farrell Grayson parties away his parents' fortune. When the mysterious leader of a powerful secret society invites him to join his inner circle, Farrell seizes the chance to prove his worth - no matter how much he has to sacrifice. Worlds away in Mytica, merciless goddess Valoria hunts for the elusive treasure that will make her ruler not only of her realm, but of all the unseen worlds that lie beyond it. But Valoria's plans are thwarted when Maddox Corso, a commoner, meets a pretty stranger from a faraway land who desperately needs his help. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and when Maddox realizes he's the only one who can see her, their meeting feels like much more than chance. Ancient Magic has brought these young people together. Base desire may rip them apart. Rhodes always tells a smashing story, and this is no exception. Magic and romance combine in a page-turning adventure. Can't wait for more!' Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Darkest Powers series 'Magical, smart and swoony, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time.' Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall and Rebel Belle series


Author Notes

Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series. Under another pen name, she's an award-winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she's currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Two parallel worlds collide in this first installment of Rhodes' new series when 15-year-old Becca Hatcher is left in a catatonic state after her spirit is snatched back to the ancient world of Mytica from modern-day Toronto. Her older sister, Chrys, is guilt-ridden, having witnessed the entire event, and vows to do whatever is necessary to save her. but from what? Nothing has prepared them for what's in store. Up until this point the girls' life was centered around helping their mother out at their family's used bookstore and coping with the loss of their father, Daniel. Then a package arrives at the bookstore addressed to the girls' mom, Julia. Thinking it was nothing more than another collectible book to sell, Becca opens the package and removes the book inside, triggering the magic and intertwining their fates with the powers that flow from a magical book of spells whose previous owners have all ended up dead. Told in alternating viewpoints, this first installment in the "Spirit and Thieves" series is a direct off-shoot of Rhodes's popular "Falling Kingdom" series. Like many high fantasy novels, the plot includes the usual political battles for world dominance, powerful magic, and relationship complexity. What makes the difference is how Rhodes puts her stamp on building the complexities between the characters' relationships and their worlds. VERDICT Strong writing yields a story that feels like a roller-coaster ride, filled with rich and suspenseful anticipation.-Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

When her sister Becca goes into a coma after touching a magical book, teenage photographer Crys will do anything to get her back--including infiltrating Toronto's most powerful secret society. Meanwhile, Becca's spirit befriends a young Mytican necromancer with the power to send her home. Fans of Rhodes's dark high-fantasy series and newcomers alike will enjoy this suspenseful Falling Kingdoms spinoff. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Crystal Hatcher and Farrell Grayson are from very different worlds: Crys lives with her mother and sister in Toronto, spending more time with her camera than her schoolwork. Rich playboy Farrell is Toronto elite, getting deeper into a secret society and still reeling from a year-old loss. Crys' sister, Becca, is in a different world as well, but literally: a mysterious book arrives at their mother's antique bookstore and sucks her into fantastical ancient Mytica, where only a boy named Maddox can see her, and a vengeful, power-hungry goddess ravages the lands. And while Crys learns what happened to her sister and what involvement her enigmatic family may have had Farrell is sent to retrieve the book. As in her popular Falling Kingdoms series (set in Mytica several generations later), Rhodes alternates viewpoints between her characters, though this prequel splits focus between two worlds, somewhat slowing the narrative. But an impending sequel promises a more thorough collision of those worlds. An effectively twisted plot. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Falling Kingdoms series has been a huge seller, and this spinoff is poised to draw from the same crowd, and that's without taking into account the huge promotional campaign.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2010 Booklist