February 15, 2017
Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
presented by Entangled Teen!
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Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales 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.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
I’m so thrilled to be here. Thank you for hosting me today!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
I’ll give you one for each book. Here’s a tweet for Thief of Lies:
Yanked into a gateway book linking the world’s libraries, Gia discovers she’s a long lost knight and must stop an apocalypse.
And here’s one for Guardian of Secrets:
Behind bookcases in some of the grandest libraries, the world of the Mystiks is changing, and an evil is rising that will alter both worlds.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
The inspiration for the story was a coffee table book full of the world’s most beautiful libraries. I was in a bookstore when I came across it. I wanted to jump through the pages and visit all the amazing libraries in the photographs. I then imagined a battle in one of them and had to write it. I bought the book, went home, and started plotting the story right away.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Gianna “Gia” Kearns is sixteen. She’s an athletic bookworm with a fear of traffic and an affection for Root Beer Lipsmackers. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Marty Costa Kearns (Name in the Mystik world: Margarita Bianchi). When Gia was four, her mother was killed after a truck hit her on a busy Boston street. She now lives with her stepfather, Brian. Though she misses her mother, she feels greatly loved by her pop and nana.
She goes to private school where she excels in her education. Her activities are Fencing and kickboxing. Her two best friends are Nick D’Marco and Afton Wilson. Nick and Gia have been friends since they were babies. Their mothers were good friends. Afton joined the group when the three met during their first year in high school as freshmen. She’s fluent in Italian.
Arik Baine is seventeen. He’s the leader of his Sentinel group, he must set an example for the others. Meeting Gia, tests his determination to follow the rules. He would do anything to protect those who can’t defend themselves, and he immediately takes charge of making sure Gia is safe. Arik is all business most times, but every so often, he lets down his guard and we get a glimpse of his hidden playfulness.
Bastien Renard is eighteen and a novice wizard. He’s the “rock star” of the Mystik world. He was born in the French haven of Couve. His father is the high wizard. Bastien is about to advance to senior wizard. He’ll become a master wizard when he’s twenty-five and has been tagged for high wizard consideration. Gia and Bastien are connected by a promise made when they were born. Bastien confuses Gia—at times, he’s arrogant, yet his people love him and he shows kindness to them. He faces tragedy with strength and a sense of duty.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I would have to say this quote really touches on who I am, “That was the thing about regret; it never fully went away. But it became easier to endure with each passing day.” We don’t always feel comfortable with the choices we make. Sometimes our choices come with regrets because we’re uncertain about them. But the further we move away from them, it becomes clearer that we were right to make those choices.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The ending of Guardian of Secrets was very difficult for me to get through. I cried the entire time writing it. I’m that connected to these characters.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I have the final book in the Fated series, Seeking Fate, and a new novel, Thunderstruck, coming up next. Right now, I’m having fun writing book three in the Library Jumpers series, Assassin of Truths, which will release in 2018.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
I enjoyed answering your questions. Thank you for having me!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.
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