Secret Origins

September 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, )

secretSecret Origins by James Riley


The Story Thieves series continues down its metafictional road, this time turning to comic books to drive its story in Secret Origins. Owen and Bethany get sucked into the world of Doc Twilight, who they both believe to be Bethany’s father. Though the two of them have sworn off jumping into books after the debacle of The Lost Chapters, the thought of finally finding Bethany’s father is too great for them to ignore. Plus, Owen is convinced that he knows about about comics to keep them safe, but this is the third book in a five-book series; of course it’s not going to go as planned.

Riley is ramping up the conflict with this book. The first two books in the series were more standalone, and while Secret Origins has its own plot to resolve, it’s also focusing more on the over-arching conflict of the entire series. The secrets behind Bethany’s father’s disappearance are coming more in focus, and are indicative of a larger problem that she and her friends will have to overcome. Interestingly, Kiel is notably absent from the book, though Earth Girl becomes a central character for the first time. This makes sense, considering that this book is focused on comic books, and Earth Girl is a comic book superhero.

Secret Origins isn’t as clever as The Last Chapters, but it’s still entertaining. I found myself laughing aloud more with this book, though it did take me a lot longer to finish. The story wasn’t as compelling, and it was harder for me to stay with the book for extended amounts of time. By the end, I was just ready to be done with it so I could move on to the next thing. Still, anyone who’s come this far will want to keep reading, and it would be disingenuous of me not to say I plan on reading the fourth book when it’s released.

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