Book Review – The Golden Yarn

The Golden Yarn is the 3rd book in the Reckless series by Cornelia Funke. I also thought it was the last book in the series till I had less than 100 pages left then I found out it’s not! I’m super excited. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors and the world inside this series, mirrorworld, is so elaborate and well thought out and I love it! I do need to go back and reread the first 2 books again and then reread this one because while I knew all the major plot points there are small little details and some minor characters that I completely forgot about. Some of those was easy for me to remember after being reminded about it while others I still have no clue about. That’s the problem with reading the 3rd book in such an elaborate world after not reading the first 2 books in a couple of years.

Anyways, on to my actual review.

One thing I hate and I’ll almost always hate in any books is the amount of switching between POVs. Each chapter is a different POV and sometimes you didn’t know who’s till the second paragraph. I don’t even know how many different POVs there were. Some characters only had 2-3 chapters dedicated to them. Where those chapters really that important? Probably if I’m honest. But still. Another thing I didn’t like was all the weird difficult to pronounce names from characters to cities and countries. Funky seemed to have pulled names from french, japanese, russian, and some straight up fantasy. Also, the font they used for the main antagonists letters to the main character could be difficult to read at times. But all that is just me being nitpicky. Overall this book took turns I was not expecting which I loved. There was a POV from one of the pervious antagonists and while in the previous books I really didn’t like her, I thought she was cruel and evil with no redeemable qualities, while in this book I really felt for her and her position. Her pain was all too human for her to be that evil. Her entire plot took a turn I was not expecting and I loved it and her character. I wish there were more chapters with the main character, Jacob Reckless, than there actually were. He’s been the main character from book 1 yet I feel like his chapters only took up half the book if that. This book did not go where I expected it to which is, in some ways, a good thing. It wasn’t cliched, it didn’t have those common over done themes that are in most books anymore. Unlike previous books in the series, this one was definitely a love story between 2 couples. I definitely love how in-depth all of Funke’s characters are. She really took the time to flesh them out and make them all human with flaws and real emotions. It really made you connect with even the villains really.

All in all, I gave this book4 stars on goodreads and can’t wait for the next book. Though I definitely need to reread the first 2. Maybe I’ll re-review this one after I have a better understanding of it after rereading them all. We’ll see.

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Too Many Books and Getting Lost In a World

Are you ever in the middle of reading a book and then get distracted by other books? That’s me right now with The Little Paris Bookshop. I started reading that 6 days ago and am about half way throw it but a few days ago I started reading The Time Keeper and finished it the next day. I was going to go back to The Little Paris Bookshop after that but decided The Golden  Yarn, which I’ve been waiting for for almost 2 years, deserved my attention more.

That brings me to my next point. Do you ever love the fantasy world in a book so much that no matter how long it’s been since you read the series you can still hope right back in without having to pause and figure out the world and it’s little nuances. The world is exactly as you remember it, even if you forgot minor details, and you can pick right back up without having to go back and reread the first few books. There are some books that you completely forget everything in them because they were that unmemorable and there are books that you can hop right into eight where you left off years late and it’s like coming home.Those are the books to cherish and never let go of. The ones that become a part of you and that you will always cherish no matter how long it’s been since you’ve read it.

Cornelia Funke and Her Book Reckless: The Golden Yarn and the Story Behind It

I was thrilled to finally receive this book in the mail. It’s the third, and I believe last, in the series and it’s been a long time coming.

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Cornelia Funke is a german author who writes all of her books in german first then brings them over to her american publishers to get published. However, because of changes to the book that the american publishers wanted Funke to make but refused to since she thought it was important to the story to leave it how it was, plus it was already released in german exactly as it is, she refused to the point of getting the rights to the book back. Funke was determined to get the 3rd book of this series out for her english readers so she created her own publishing company, Breathing Books, to get Reckless: The Golden Yarn out to her fans. This version kept it’s original title and artwork unlike the 2 previous books. It took her roughly 2 years to get this book to the fans of Mirrorworld, the world inside the books.

I have personally been a huge fan of Funke for years. I love the Inkheart trilogy and Thief Lord. Those are all great books and I love the world she created for Reckless can’t wait to sink my teeth into this newest installment. Just got to finish The Little Paris Bookshop first which I started last night. So far, I’m really enjoying it. Stay tuned for a review of it in a few days time.