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Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she caLife is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father……Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure....

Title : Story Thieves
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ISBN : 9781481409193
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Story Thieves Reviews

  • Pinky
    2019-06-10 06:42

    This is my first review! This book is AMAZING! I knew that I wasn't going to be disappointed with this book. James Riley is my favorite author and when I heard this book was coming out, I was so pumped and excited! Story Thieves is so funny, it will have you laughing at many parts.I feel I can relate to all the characters in some way. There were so many quotes that I loved from this book.I was reading in the bus and there was a really funny part, so I started laughing. I didn't realize that I was really loud until I looked up from the book. People were giving me concerned looks because they must have thought I was CRAZY.There was a huge plot twist and I never saw it coming. The writing was amazing. I never got bored in this book and I was laughing so much! It was just as amazing as Half Upon A Time! It was such a fun read! I felt that this book made me think about fictional characters. This book showed us how fictional characters would react if they found out that their entire life was being controlled by some random person,(author). It was so interesting to read something new and CREATIVE! Parts I loved!• “Half Upon A Time? I met that author once. He misspelled his own name in my book when he signed it. Weird.”• “The second rule they taught us in librarian school is that you can have as many favorite books as there are books.”• “Sit down,” she told him, pushing him into one of the chair’s seats. “Don’t be such a baby.”“IT'S NOT BEING A BABY TO NOW WANT YOU DOING SURGERY ON ME!" • “This is my book?” Kiel said almost reverently, gently placing his fingers on the window. “I’m so …..Handsome! Look at me! Do you see this? Look!”• Ooh, you do look just like him!’ said a girl coming out of the store. ”that’s so cool!”“Oh really?” Kiel said, posing beside the poster. “I mean, I’m probably a bit better looking, don’t you think? The painting loses something a little. But I can see the resemblance, I suppose.”• “The sad thing is,” she whispered to the girl, “he thinks he really is Kiel. It’s something wrong in his head. We just came to the author’s town to see if it might help snap him out of it.”There are a lot more parts that I enjoyed (Technically the whole book :) I would give this book more than 5 stars, if I could. It is amazing and it is recommended for everyone!!!!!!! You could read this book by yourself, in a book club, with your family, or class!

  • Christina
    2019-05-30 04:02

    My daughter just read this and made it sound pretty good...think I might sneak it off her shelf ;)

  • Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
    2019-06-04 08:56

    4.5 And then everything exploded into fire and chaos and awesome.Ha! is all I want to say to my 2014 self. HA! With Story Thieves, I've come to fully embrace the new year. I think. See, last year I picked up my kindle to read the book, only to put it down in favor of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. AGAIN. Which I don't regret but later on, and blah blah blah, you don't care, I don't.Whatever.What do I say? Ummm... this is totally an awesome book! I haven't fangirled so hard about anything besides Game of Thrones and Calculus* in recent memory, going so far as to do some ninja-style-dancing which prompted my brother to kick me. He's the real ninja. Story Thieves, in as pretentious terms as I can manage, is a story about the differences between reality and fiction, and lack thereof. Simply put: Owen, he who sits in math class and loves to fanboy hard, gets a chance to save the hero of his hero, and then play the part of his hero. Bethany, she who skirts the edges of fun, after much cajoling and running and shouting and saving the world, finally gives in and acts a bit fictional to save reality.In all, it's a clever and emotional and action-packed book with characters as similar to you and me as can be if we were all tweens (I think) who hated math. "It worked. And it worked because I embraced the problems and made it work for me.That's real magic.""No. Real magic is when you make something happen that's physically impossible.""Well, sure, that too. That's real magic. But this is realer magic.""No, it's not that either. The word doesn't even exist.""So, in a away, that word is magic, by your definition."It pokes fun and fingers through cliches and tropes about story characters, then full-on embraces them. Hell, the story makes use of plot holes to complete the plot. And hats off to THAT!More to the point: There are side characters whose full depths we perhaps never truly realize until we confront them ourselves--that's what James Riley shows, in the fictional world in his fictional story within this fictional story. Owen plays the part of Kiel Gnomenfoot, dying and being saved by dumb luck, solely on the conviction that it's a book, and nothing truly bad can happen. However, as he plods along, it turns out that the book gets progressively darker. And in the end, it's the reality that he's faced, has lived in, has conditioned him which ends up saving him.And Bethany, who is half-fictional and can dive into stories, becomes a little more fictional in her life. Embraces the impossible."You don't ever speak to me again, do you understand? And if you ever tell anyone about me, I'll find the deepest, darkest math book I can find, and drop you into the most boring part!"She's truly formidable.Like I said: clever, clever book. Not the clever of books like Little Bee but you know, I found kernels of secrets and irony and realism that even now make me giggle. The story within the story is, from a space-eagle's perspective with poor eyesight, about an inter-planetary war between Magisteria, world of magic and imagination and chaos, and Quanterium, world of science and order and innovation. It's a thought-out, quirky world and I truly appreciated the fact that I got to finish its story, that the author had me invested in it so fast, so hard.It's funny, sad, poignant and full of awesome. These are characters you understand, who make you laugh and smile and giggle all in one breath, whom you sometimes would prefer to throw out of the book. They're not as fleshed out and/or complicated as the last what? Thomas Hardy book you read. But I loved it. I loved it. And you should read it tooooooooooo!There ARE so many plotholes and questions I'd like to ask and consequences that weren't dealt with but I think the last was kinda one of the points of this ordeal our characters went through and to the rest, well I still love it, don't I?There are tidbits about life and librarians, too."Don't worry. Maybe you just haven't found your favorite book yet. I honestly don't think anyone has. Just when you think you might have a favorite, something better comes along."So true. (Also The Piper's Son or gtfo.)#Kiel_Gnomenfoot4Life"I'm really happy to have gotten to know you."Thank you thank you thank you to the people at Aladdin who rose up like a genie from a bottle in mist and clouds and fog, to present the best book I've read in 2015 so far.*Probably, Owen and Bethany won't be big fans of mine.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-05-30 04:08

    Well...the verdict is in! I think my daughter will be able to read this book and will LOVE it!!Story Thieves was completely original and very full of action and adventure! You get a little bit of sci-fi and fantasy, and... I couldn't put it down.I will definitely read book 2, The Stolen Chapters.Any lover of books would enjoy this as it's chopped full of YA and children's book references! ALL book lovers will recognize these references! If you love books and enjoy YA sci-fi fantasy, you'll like this!I look forward to seeing what my daughter thinks!4 stars

  • Gisbelle
    2019-06-22 09:50

    My thanks to Aladdin & Edelweiss------------------------------------------------------------------Point of View: Dual (Owen & Bethany)Writing: Third Person | Past TenseSetting: N/AGenre: Middle Grade | Fantasy------------------------------------------------------------------It was a wonderful book right from the start until the very end. The storyline was refreshing and so full of action that it kept me on the edge of the seat. I loved how the story progress, from such a measly simple thing to an adventurous journey in the hope of saving the day. I can't wait to find out their next encounter. The characters were well-developed; I loved them all! Bethany was a tough little girl, and Owen was just an adorable goofball. Together, they made quite a pair. The book was written in a way that completely captured my attention. Its pace was really great as it wasn't moving way too fast or too slow as I normally find in most middle grade books I have read. The storyline was full of excitement and nail-biting suspense that it was hard not to read the whole thing in one sitting. The humor added a fascinating touch to the story, making reading this book was delightful experience.All in all, I absolutely adored this book. The appealing characters, humors dialogues and the witty storyline were just a few things I loved about this book. I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy this book as much as I did.

  • BookLoversLife
    2019-05-28 03:06

    For Owen, life is boring. He longs for something exciting to happen, like his favourite character Kiel Gnomenfoot, well he is in for a big surprise! When he is in the library helping his mother, he sees a book on the floor. Just as he goes to pick it up he sees the book moving and then, impossibly, a hand coming out of it. Next thing he knows, his classmate, Bethany pops out. He learns that Bethany is half fictional, her father popped out of a book and fell in love with her mother. When Bethany was little she accidentally jumped her whole party into a book and lost her father. She is afraid that something happened to him for him no to come back out and is now searching every and any book to find him. Owen cant believe the possibilities and is thrilled!! He tells Bethany that he will help her and he knows a spell that may help find her father, all they have to do is jump into the Kiel Gnomenfoot book and read the spell from the spell book. Bethany agrees on the condition that Owen follows the rules!! But can Owen follow the rules? What happens if he just says one thing to a character or tries to save someone?Well this was such a fun read!! This is my first book by this author but it wont be my last. The Story Thieves is an engaging and action packed read and one that all ages will enjoy. I loved the plot so much. Who wouldn't love to be able to actually jump into their favourite stories. Could you imagine how awesome that would be!!! The characters were a breath of fresh air. Bethany has a magical gift but she doesn't abuse it. She knows the rules and sticks to them. When Owen sees her and what she can do, she freaks at first but thinks that it might be nice to have a friend to help. She started out as so nervous but her character developed so much throughout the book. Owen was such a cutie, he was so fun to read. He wants to be like his favourite character Kiel but is it all its cracked up to be? When Bethany tells him the rules he cant see the harm of trying to save someone, whats the worst that can happen?? His name may appear in the book, which would be ultra cool, right!! Wrong. Owen sets things in motion that he cant control! Even when he messes up, Owen will do the right thing. I loved his enthusiasm and his joy of seeing the characters. The friendship in the book was awesome. Bethany and Owen start out slowly because Bethany is afraid he will think she is crazy. Then Bethany and Kiel are thrown together and have the world to save while Own is thrown into the fictional world and has to save that! Every character was well written and developed, even the fictional characters. I loved Kiel! He was such a snarky fun character even if he is fictional within the fictional story ;). The plot within the plot I enjoyed as well. I loved the Kiel Gnomenfoot books and would so read them! I loved the fact that we are dealing with two separate plots but both intertwine. It was a unique and fun thing to read. Overall The Story Thieves was a fast paced and fun read. I read it with my boys and they loved the idea of jumping into books. They were discussing what books they would love to visit and I loved that! Its a book within a book and while aimed at the middle grade audience there's still enough of a plot for everyone to enjoy.

  • Kim
    2019-06-18 09:04

    Took turns reading this with my son. This middle grades (4th to 8th) genre book was like OK for me as an adult, but 10 stars out of 5 stars for my son. When I asked him why? He said the ACTION was constant! He said every time for a second he thought they were safe or just for a moment thought they were going to rest finally, something else always happened. He said he also liked the references to real life children's, middle grades, and teen/YA books throughout that he himself or he knows his classmates have read. He also liked the plot twist ending. He had me buy the 2nd book in the series The Stolen Chapters before he even half finished this one! He made sure I packed the 2nd book in the series into his school backpack this morning before we left. So giving this 4 stars to split the difference between the two of us.Language: No profanity that I remember.Sensuality: Squeaky clean.Source: My purchased library.

  • Emily
    2019-06-23 02:50

    To be quite honest, I have NO idea where to start. I'm not entirely exactly certain if I even LIKED the book or not. I'll probably read the next one just to see? Maybe that means I did like it? Don't know. I can see some middle-graders loving it.First of all, I don't understand what exactly the title is referring to. I thought it meant that the MCs would be stealing parts of stories for some purpose. There was a little character thievery going on, but it's a bit of a stretch to call it "Story Thieves". Second, there was a scientific mistake in that one of the characters stated that gold doesn't conduct electricity. Gold DOES. And middle-graders study that, so they'll either catch the mistake, or a misconception will be perpetuated in their mind. As a former science teacher, I saw some glimpses of red in my peripheral vision. The other science was correct, so I don't see it only not doing that in the fictional world? Because science was a huge part of said fictional world. A disclaimer, at the least, would have been nice. Like the character from reality mentioning that it does conduct in his world or something.THIRD. This could be pro OR con, depending on the reader. This story moves at an absolutely BREAKNECK pace. There is no time to process, or catch one's breath. Each chapter switches POVs, and due to the pacing, can be interesting to keep straightened out with everything that is going on. It was definitely a page-turner, and held my attention, but I had a lot of WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?! moments, as well. There are also a few horror aspects to it, especially in the last few chapters, so I wouldn't recommend it to more sensitive readers.Whirlwind of a book. 3 out of 5 stars. Long review for someone who didn't know where to start and uses the word "first" when she DOES start.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-06-24 01:47

    Owen loves the fantasy books series about Kiel Gnomenfoot and is looking forward to the last book in the series. When he starts to notice that a girl in his class, Bethany, is acting very suspiciously in class and at the public library, where his mother works, he watches her closely and discovers that she can leap in to stories! When he confronts her, she admits that her father was fictional, and that she jumped into a story given to her at a birthday party when she was very young, and manages to drag her father there and lose him. She's been forbidden from jumping into stories, but does anyway because they are far more interesting than real life. Owen agrees, and begs to go with her, especially since he wants to find out what happens to the Magister in the last Kiel book. Once they get in to the book, however, things go wrong and Owen gets trapped while Kiel gets trapped in the real world. Difficulties also arise with characters that seem to be good who are actually evil, and Owen endangers Kiel's world by pretending to be him but not having the knowledge. Bethany would like to be able to find her father, and Owen hopes he can help, but will they manage instead to endanger both the fictional and the real worlds?Strengths: Nods to Harry Potter will make this a good book to hand to students who can't move beyond that series. Fairly solid world building, decent characters, and lots of action and adventure.Weaknesses: Bethany's quest felt like the most important one in the book, yet it didn't get as much attention as I hoped. The ending lends itself to a sequel, so we'll see. What I really think: Personally painful, but at least I got a lot of work done around the house. Scrub the bathroom, or finish this book? Scrub. Trim the dog's behind or finish the book? Trim. I'm uncertain whether I will buy this for my avid fantasy fans, so will try the ARC on a couple. For elementary readers who love fantasy, this would be a great choice.

  • Coreen(AsThePlotThickens)
    2019-05-31 08:55

    I understand why Owen was so excited to have a life that is not consist of school, home and TV because I actually feel the same and if an opportunity presented itself to me just like how Bethany was presented to Owen, I would definitely grab it! My goodness I've been imagining myself inside Hogwarts for like three years now, the smell of strawberries inside the Camp Half-Blood and the feel of Aslan's hide on my fingers. This book made me want to have the things that I couldn't, like travel through books. Oh my goodness! I want to see Percy and Harry in person, maybe Katniss too but LOL who wants to be in the Hunger Games? Definitely not me.The main point is this, it's awesome to read about people being able to travel through books, it's cool to be inside a book and be a hero but it's not an easy life and to be honest if I somehow ended up in Owen's situation, or Percy's, or Harry's, I would definitely die in the first ten chapters.This book has it's own potential but I'm not that excited to read the second book if there is one.2.5 stars

  • Frank Chillura
    2019-06-11 02:42

    When reading the synopsis for this book, I was a little hesitant in starting it. It sounds an awful lot like the premise of Inkheart. Well, in Inkheart, the main character can read characters into or out of a book, where as in Story Thieves, the main character can pull people or characters into or out of the book with her. Seeing as how I am a huge fan of Inkheart, I didn't want to be comparing the two stories the entire time I was reading. Sometimes I find that when I see a similarity, comparing is the only thing I can do. For this review, I will attempt to not compare as much as possible.To middle schooler, Owen, nothing is more exciting than opening up one of his favorite books & imagining himself a part of the story... but it isn't until he discovers his classmate Bethany can go in to the stories she is reading that his dreams actually start seeming like they may come true. All he has to do is trick her into bringing him into his favorite series, Kiel Gnomenfoot, so he can save the day and become the hero he knows he is. While all Bethany is trying to do is find her missing father.But little does he know, nothing ever happens exactly like you imagine. In a serious of accidental events, the characters from the story are released into the real world & the only way to make sure that the story goes on is for him to disguise himself as the main character, Kiel. His every dream is coming true... adventure is on the horizon. But adventure is NOT all its cracked up to be.While Owen is off gallivanting at being a hero, Bethany is stuck trying to round up fictional characters in the real world before someone finds out her secret. One part Inkheart, One part Harry Potter, & One part Steampunk, Story Thieves is sure to appeal to the middle schoolers and older who are looking for a good release into action & adventure. If you have ever dreamed of being a part of the stories you have read & love, then this is a great book for you to pick up. If you are looking for any other book or series suggestions, feel free to message me through my blog or email me at

  • Annette
    2019-06-02 06:49

    STORY THIEVES by James Riley is an action-packed fantasy that blurs the line between real life and fictional worlds. What if you could literally dive into a good book? Bethany can. As the child of a real mother and fictional father, she’s able to disappear into any paper book. Bethany has spent years carefully exploring library books for her lost father. When Owen discovers her secret, they begin an adventure that breaks the “fourth wall” mixing the real world with fantasy universes. This clever new fantasy series will be a hit with a wide range of book lovers including those who enjoy fairy tales, magic stories, and science fiction. With many references to popular works of fiction, youth will be drawn into the premise and easily imagine themselves in the shoes of the main characters.Known for his fractured fairy tales, James Riley provides just the right balance of action and suspense to keep readers engaged in the story. He skillfully weaves together silly subplots, humorous dialogue, and witty references into a storyline perfect for middle grade readers. Youth will easily empathize with the well-developed characters who have dreams and desires that sometimes get in the way of making good choices.Fans of books like Fablehaven and Inkheart will enjoy the book’s premise, while science fiction and steampunk fans will love the characters from Owen’s favorite fictional series.Like Bethany and Owen, your children will want to dive into this exciting fantasy adventure.Edelweiss ARC used for review

  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    2019-05-31 07:44

    A solid 4 StarsWho doesn't want the magical ability to jump into a story and hang out, albeit in the background, in your favorite fictional world? Hogwarts? (Yes!) Narnia? (Not really, but sure.) Idris? (YES!) Rivendell or the Shire? (Fuck Yes!)I will say that some things outside of my control (Irma and depression) made me not read it as fast as I wanted to, but I still enjoyed myself. Strongly thinking about continuing the series. If anyone has, let me know how the other installments are and your thoughts; I hear the latest one is a "Choose Your Adventure".

  • Jaina
    2019-06-14 07:07

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.Hmm. I'm not really sure what to say about this one. Did I love it? Did I hate it? Well, neither. Not yet, anyway.The plot seems all over the place at times, but it actually comes together pretty cohesively by the end of the book. My main trouble, when I really come down to it, is the characters. Bethany especially just isn't particularly realistic. She's more of a stock character: she's got magical powers, one of her parents is missing/dead, she has this huge secret she hides from the rest of the world, and on and on. The fact that she's been going into books for years behind her mother's back for years makes her, to me at least, a little too dishonest to really be that sympathetic. I also felt like there was no way she'd really open up to some random classmate the way she did, and I seriously started questioning her judgement when she agreed to take Owen into the Kiel Gnomenfoot series. I mean, hello? What did she think was going to happen if she took this kid into his all-time favorite book series? She did get better as the story went along, though. Bethany didn't exactly become my favorite character in the world, but I have hope for her development in the later books. Riley has prepared some great set-ups for the next books, and if I had to guess he'll make me absolutely adore Bethany, Owen, and Kiel (who, by the way, is probably my favorite character yet) by the end of the series.And that's really the crux of this review: I think this book is a set-up for the books ahead. If Riley does a wonderful job with the later books (as I'm 95% sure he will, based on his Half Upon a Time trilogy), then someday I'll look back at Story Thieves and have a ball reading through it again, because there will be all sorts of hints and foreshadowing that I totally missed without foreknowledge. I'll go back to retrace the beginnings of whatever relationships Riley chooses to favor in the later books (my money's totally on Bethany and Kiel!), and watch characters in a different light because I know what secrets they're hiding, or what will happen to them down the road. In a few years, I think I'll love Story Thieves because it is a beginning of a new series by a writer who is amazing at making me laugh, cry, and fall in love. Until then, this is a so-so book that makes an okay standalone, one that holds potential but no concrete prize. The best part was probably the ending, because it sets the stage for awesomeness in the second book.If you want to read a James Riley, I recommend starting with his wonderful Half Upon a Time series. Story Thieves has potential, but doesn't hold a candle to Riley's crazy-fun fairy-tale spin-off. Of course, that could change - like I said, everything hinges on the rest of the series.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-06-04 02:07

    Owen lives in the world of his favorite books – at least in his mind. But when he meets Bethany emerging from a book, he realizes he might be able to do that for real. Despite Bethany’s strict rules, Owen tricks her into going and changing the outcome of the sixth Kiel Gnomefoot book. However, the consequences are more than he bargained for. Will he and Bethany be able to return things to the way they should be?Having dreamed of jumping into books myself, I loved the premise of this book even before I read it. It delivered on the promise in spades. I wasn’t super impressed with the Kiel Gnomefoot story within the story, but that was a minor complaint. The plot overall was very engrossing and the characters were fun. I can’t wait to see what happens to Owen and Bethany next.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Jenni
    2019-05-27 05:41

    This was a fun book but I found it a little confusing. I did like the idea of going in and out of books (who wouldn't want to do that?!) but think it may be a little hard for some kids to follow. Second half was better with more action scenes which would probably entice some kids. Loved the librarian school rules (chapter 9). Favorite quote - "We read about you to be with you, to walk in someone else's shoes, to experience another life. Some of those lives are hard, and others are easy, but we're with you every step of the way. We read about people in impossible situations because we're dealing with horrible things ourselves, in our lives. And you going through your story helps us with ours, no matter how yours ends..."

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-21 05:40

    True rating: 4.5 stars.A terrific read. Riley makes fun of the 'Harry Potter' genre, and I mean, he MAKES FUN! Winning characters, tongue-in-cheek jokes, a rollicking plot, and much more, add up to a heap o' reading pleasure. Though, thankfully, this was not one of those series starters that leave you with a cliffhanger, enough threads remain dangling to make the reader long for the next book. Very well done!

  • Liza Nahas
    2019-06-01 03:08

    Great premise, but too many robots for my taste.,

  • Tes (thepaperbackproject)
    2019-06-03 09:57

    “Think about it this way. You thought of yourself as alone for many years, fighting against Dr. Verity. But there were hundreds, even thousands of readers on my world who lived with you. Who felt every victory, every defeat, and want more than anything for you to win. Who cried, actually cried when they thought you died. Those are the people you’re trying to make suffer, the ones who’ve been on your team this entire time.”****************************** Have you ever wished to meet your favourite character from a book or wondered what it would be like to live their life? I bet you have because I know I have. We’re just like Owen, a young boy who finds real life to be incredibly boring and dull. With the help of his librarian mother, Owen constantly loses himself in books but mostly the stories of Kiel Gnomenfoot. It isn’t until he sees one of his classmates - a quiet girl named Bethany - climb out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with chocolate on her fingers that he realizes he might actually get to meet his hero. All he has to do is convince Bethany to take him into one of the Kiel Gnomenfoot books. The thing is, Bethany has always kept to herself because of what happened during her fourth birthday party - when she jumped all of the guests and her dad into a book but lost her dad on the way back. She’s terrified of what could happen if anyone finds out her secret. But she wants a friend and she thinks Owen just might be that person. Little do either of them know, things are about to get a little too real.****************************** While reading this book, I had many moments where I couldn’t help but gush about it to my boyfriend and best friend. They’re basically the only people I have to talk about books and even they said that it sounded amazing from how I was describing it. I don’t think I’m going to go as in depth in this review as I did when talking to them about it. So here are some things that I absolutely loved about Story Thieves, in bullet points: - Bethany. She was my absolute favourite character and it wasn’t just because she was half fictional (although that did play a big part because seriously? How cool is that). Following along as she changed right on the pages as if I was the author writing her story was the best part. She was so cautious and afraid to let anyone in at first. When she finally took Kiel’s advice and embraced the fictional half of herself, it was like watching as a caterpillar turned into a butterfly. - The twists and turns. I never expected that Owen would have to play out the last book as Kiel or that the Magister was going to end up being bad or that there would be a robot heart to save the day. There are so many more examples I could give as to why this book had me hooked from the very first page. I was pleasantly surprised by this, to be honest, because when I first started reading I was expecting it to be something like “a T-Rex loose in New York” but with a fictional character running rampant in the real world but it took that idea and made it into something amazing. - The manner in which each chapter jumps back and forth between Bethany and Owen and their respective quests. It left so many scenes hanging and had me excited to find out what would happen next. - The development of all the characters. Even if it was a negative development (like with the Magister), it was still incredibly to watch the characters change. The main characters - Bethany, Owen and Kiel - changed so much in just 383 pages that it’s almost unbelievable. The trials that the face - and the fact that they almost lose their lives multiple times.****************************** James Riley definitely doesn’t disappoint with this tale of magic and evil and technology and monsters and real people versus fictional characters. Story Thieves was such a fun read. Although it was intended for a much younger age group, it was fast paced, hilarious and all around incredible.

  • Thomas
    2019-06-14 03:50

    Story Thieves was an impulse buy, something I found on the shelves at Target and figured it was worth a shot. It sounded a little like a kids' version of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, and as much as I like that series, it was a no-brainer. Maybe I should have recognized that I would see the book as derivative, and left it alone.It's about Owen, an avid reader who finds the regular world boring. He wishes his life were more like Kiel Gnomenfoot, the central character of his favorite series of books (think Harry Potter, but a lot more arrogant), and when he discovers that one of his classmates has the ability to go inside books and live in their worlds, of course he has to find a way into the Kiel Gnomenfoot books so he can meet his hero. Once inside, he can't help but get involved, which throws the book off the rails and sets into motion a series of events that threatens more than just Kiel Gnomenfoot's world.The book isn't bad, really, but it's hard to care much about the three central characters. Owen is obnoxious and duplicitous, since he has to trick his classmate, Bethany, into bringing him into the books, and Kiel is arrogant and self-centered. Bethany is the closest thing to being sympathetic, but it feels like she's pushed aside for the two boys' stories. Owen's story takes place without her, and though she's involved with Kiel's story, his use of magic makes him the active player in their conflict. She's integral to the story -- she's the one with the power to go in and out of books, after all -- and she's the smartest of the three, but I wish she'd received more of a share of the action. The characters grow over the course of the story, but it's hard hanging in long enough to get to that point.I waffled over giving the book two or three stars, and ultimately went with three, rounding up from two-and-a-half. I would recommend it to kids who like clever fantasy stories, but adults might find it lacking. I'll move on to the next book (I've already placed the hold on it through the library), so I hope it improves.

  • Joshua
    2019-06-08 09:07

    It took me a very long time to write a review for Story Thieves that didn’t solely consist of incoherent flailing. I’ve read better books than this one, but very few ones that I felt so strongly about. Most of it has to do with the subject manner, which is intensely metafictional. It involves ordinary high school student Owen, who discovers that his classmate Bethany has the ability to jump into books, because her father was a fictional character. He manages to convince her to let him go with her.Naturally, this is when everything starts to go wrong. Owen’s effort to save the Magister, the mentor figure of a popular book series (one only existing in this book’s universe, by the way) goes terribly, terribly awry and the main characters learn they’re fictional. They don’t take this well. The Magister, in particular, is particularly enraged to learn his whole life meant nothing. Meanwhile, Owen has to take up the role of the main character of the series. I won’t go any more in detail on the plot to avoid spoilers. But I will say that I loved the main characters of this novel. Owen comes across as annoying throughout much of the book, but it’s hard not to empathize with his desire to escape into fiction. Who doesn’t try to escape from their lives? It’s just that Owen does it a bit more literally than the rest of us. And Bethany is smart, tough, creative, and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. In particular, I was in awe with the way the plot had been thought out. Pretty much half the book takes place in a universe that bears no resemblance to the one we were introduced to, but Riley manages to do some very impressive world-building, considering that Owen was plopped into the seventh book of a seven book series. The implications in the other plot are also quite staggering. Riley doesn’t shirk in considering what it means to be a fictional character, and the consequences of the Magister’s plot. Ultimately, this book comes down to meaning. What do our lives mean? What are they measured by? Do our struggles matter? If you someone told you that your life was just the figment of an imagination of a writer from another world, how would you react? Some characters find their existence validated by the news that they are fictional. Some don’t. Like humans, fictional characters are complex individuals.This book left behind a number of loose ends, ones that I very much hope will be addressed in a sequel, because this book certainly deserves one.

  • Brina
    2019-06-11 09:53

    "Weltenspringer" von James Riley habe ich spontan entdeckt und es hat mich aufgrund der Kurzbeschreibung direkt angesprochen, von daher habe ich dem Buch sehr gerne eine Chance gegeben. Nun, letztendlich muss gesagt sein, dass mir das Buch zwar an sich gefallen hat, die Idee allerdings alles andere als neu ist, sodass die Spannung dabei für mich oftmals auf der Strecke blieb.Ich habe erst kürzlich das Buch "Die Buchspringer" gelesen und ich muss sagen, dass sich hier vieles ähnelt, was doch sehr schade ist. James Riley hat zwar hier einige gute Ideen mit einfließen lassen und seiner Geschichte sehr viel Leben einverleibt, allerdings hat mir letztendlich das gewisse Etwas gefehlt. Das ist sehr schade, denn die Figuren wurden vom Autor sehr gut gezeichnet und alles andere als unsympathisch. Dazu liest sich die Geschichte leicht und locker und vor allem kindgerecht, denn das Buch ist bereits für Leser ab 10 Jahre zu empfehlen.Das Hauptaugenmerk liegt dabei auf Owen und seine Mitschülerin Bethany. Owen ist eine Leseratte durch und durch und liebt seine Lieblingsreihe Kiel Gnomenfuß, die schon fast ein wenig mit Harry Potter zu vergleichen ist. Er ist aufgeweckt, zielstrebig, aber leider auch ein Außenseiter. Seine Mitschülerin Bethany besitzt dagegen das große Talent in Bücher hinein zu springen, sodass sie ein sogenannter Weltenspringer ist. Ihr Vater ist selbst eine Figur aus einem Buch und sie sucht ihn bereits seit geraumer Zeit vergeblich. Owen möchte ihr helfen und wird dabei selbst zum Weltenspringer, allerdings möchte er auch unbedingt in seinem Lieblingsbuch mitmischen, was allerdings streng verboten ist, denn man darf niemals die Handlung eines Buches verändern. Da sich Owen jedoch nur schwer an die Regel halten kann, darf auch die ein oder andere Katastrophe im Laufe der Geschichte nicht fehlen.Das Cover ist von der Farbgestaltung her sehr schön anzusehen, passt perfekt zum Buch und auch zur empfohlenen Altersgruppe. Die Kurzbeschreibung ist ebenfalls gelungen und der Grund, weshalb ich "Weltenspringer" unbedingt eine Chance geben wollte.Kurz gesagt: "Weltenspringer" ist an sich eine schöne Geschichte rund um das Thema Bücher, allerdings ist die Thematik an sich alles andere als neu, sodass mir zu oft der Überraschungseffekt gefehlt hat. Dennoch sollte das Buch für echte Leseratten definitiv ein Blick wert sein.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-18 03:56

    Wow! This was SO good! I picked this up as it came in from our orders at the library. I read the back description and the author description and realized that this was the exact style of humor that I like so much. Honestly, this is a bit of a silly book that just doesn't take itself very seriously, and thus, is a whole lot of fun and giggles.Some of my favorites:"Owen wanted to scream at the horror before him. But the sound wouldn't come and the nightmare only continued, forcing Owen to ask himself, deep down, one question: ... "Was there anything in the world that could possibly be more boring than fractions?""Owen laughed oddly, then made a weird face and fell backward to the floor, unconscious. Bethany sighed, shaking her head. "Alien invasions and rocking-horse-flies are fine, but this, you faint at?""Forty-two," he said with a grimace. "That's how many times I've been eat. Well, forty-three now." He grinned. "Don't let me have all the fun here, Book Girl! Get in on this!""Slight turn?" Bethany screamed up at Kiel. "I thought you had this!" "I do!" Kiel shouted. "Just not quite as quickly as I'd hoped!"By the time the plot started moving I was completely invested because I was just having so much fun. Before I knew it, the story had shifted from silly and fun, to knuckle-biting adventure drama. I actually almost missed closing the library because my nose was stuck in this book. Whoops!Highly recommended read, for all ages!

  • Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
    2019-06-09 08:40

    Story ThievesJames RileySeries: Story ThievesVolume 1Story Thieves by James Riley is the type of book that bookworms will adore. It is the perfect combination of Inkheart and Artemis Fowl. The entire book is an action packed , well plotted love letter to books. Owen is a regular kid who likes to read when he discovers his friend Bethany is actually half fictional. She can physically enter books. She is trying to find her father. Owen tricks her into taking him inside a Kiel Gnomefoot book. Things get tricky when book characters decide they want freedom. What does this mean? What would happen if monsters and dragons were freed from their books and start roaming our world. This entrie book was a page turner. The action was well plotted and the characters were well formed. There are many references to other awesome book series like Fablehaven, Percy Jackson and of course Harry P. Reluctant readers will also enjoy it because it is well paced and the action begins right away without a whole lot of set up. It may even inspire them to read the books that are referenced. Story Thieves has firmly earned a place on my shelf of favorite books of 2015. This is not a book to borrow, this is a book to buy at full price because it is worth every penny.

  • Kiran Galsinh
    2019-06-23 04:41

    Life is pretty boring as we know it but imagine transporting into a book and being able to live through it. Owen knows life is is boring and wants something better to do. Owen's view in life changes when he sees his classmate Bethany coming out of a book in the library. He immediately starts to question what he has been doing all his life to entertain himself. It turns out that Bethany is half fictional and she has been searching books for her father for years. Owen wants to help but he also wants something more. Owen wants to be the main character in his favorite story and he wants to live through the adventure. Owen agrees that he won't reveal her secret if she takes him in the book. Bethany agrees thinking she could search for her father but she realizes Owen's intent. Owen ruins the story and Bethany is trying to fix everything by things keep getting worse. Bethany worries that her secret will be revealed to the world and she worries if Owen will have to live through the main characters FINAL adventure. I recommend this book to people who read fantasy, fiction, children, middle grade, or adventure.

  • Jack
    2019-06-24 03:52

    I don't know how to explain how brilliant James Riley is. This book was so AWESOME!! :D This book is about two kids named Owen and Bethany who can jump into books. They are not supposed to mess up the story by interfering with characters but in Owens favorite book series The Kiel Knomenfoot series he saves his favorite character but then tons of other thing happen (Not for the good side of things)I don't want to ruin anymore of the book so this is the end of my review.

  • Maricel Edwards
    2019-06-01 06:06

    If this isn't your cup of genre, then at least do yourself a solid and read the acknowledgements. Best. end. of. book. ever. I think James Riley is my new fourth boyfriend. I even forgive him for writing my story idea better than I could ever have hoped to do. Alas, back to the drawing board I go.../mumbles indistinctly about fictional heroes taking a holiday

  • Maria Camp
    2019-06-18 04:40

    Interesting premise. Catchy title and cover art. Thin plot with poor characterization. I had to force myself to keep reading. Too predictable and uninteresting. Not enough tension. Insufficiently developed characters.

  • John Stroup
    2019-06-22 01:59

    Owen hated his everyday life. He thought it consists of homework that seemed to be endless and un peppy teachers who really just hated their jobs. He thought that this was all his life had to offer and there was nothing else out there nothing else to enjoy. Until he goes to his mom's library and sees a girl jump until the pages of a book and disappears. Owen is shocked at what he has just seen. The girl agrees to show Owen more in life, but he would have to keep this secret of what he just saw. If anyone else found out they could be a lot of danger.I recommend for the people who love books with a little adventure. The reason I gave this book a 5 star because it has a really good plot in it and it left me wanting me to read more.

  • Jalyn
    2019-06-10 03:53

    This was really good! I always loved the idea of physically jumping into a story, so this was very entertaining to me. My only complaint was that the narrator (I listened to the audio version) yelled very loudly pretty often throughout the story.