Format: E-Galley, 400 pages
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairy tales 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.
Maybe. If she survives.
Guardian of Secrets is the second installment in author Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series. This is a story that is filled with action, heartbreak, library jumping, a return of a major villain, and enough secrets to keep even the most stubborn reader entertained right to the very end. Protagonist Gia Kearns and her friends have gone into hiding after their encounter with Conemar. Gia is a sentinel, aka a magical knight, who was introduced to an entirely new world after being pulled into a magical portal in Thief of Lies.
A world where Gia, like the rest of her sentinel teammates, is able to travel to different libraries around the world. But, the most important mission for Gina, is to find the remaining magical keys aka Chiavi. She's already collected several of them already. It has become Gina & Nick's mission to search for the remaining Chiavi since they seems to have the magical touch when doing the actual research and jumping from library to library. In between her Sentinel life, and the search for the Chiavi, she's is also expected to attend High School.
HS is where the twisted storyline, and intrigue comes from.
HS is where Gina finds that her connection to Arik is severely tested thanks to a new character who really pushes Gina's buttons. I must say that this divisive behavior bothered me because there was no rhyme or reason for what happened. Yet, in the end, after everything that happens between Gia and Arik, I don't know where my loyalties like. I like Bastian, the wizard who is presumably betrothed to Mia and who apparently Gia also has feelings for. Yet, Arik was there first.
Nick has become almost as important to this series as Gia. His father has twisted things so much, that he has a collection of Sentinels, Wizards, Hunters, and others following his direction. Nick's struggle with his new status, his parentage, and choices that he will have to make in the next installment, makes me eager to read the sequel. There are a whole lot of other interesting characters in this book, including The Red, has set this series to some amazing places, and I do believe, things will only get more twisted when all is said and done.
The ending of this book is emotional in many ways. A new chapter is being written for everyone close to Gia. The question that needs to be asked is whether or not everyone will survive to the last page of the last book.