Books by James Riley

SECRET ORIGINS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A literary hall of mirrors, with plenty of thrills and laughs to keep 'nonfictionals' in the game. (Metafictional fantasy. 11-13)"
Bethany's latest book-diving exploit takes her and her friends into a superhero comic, a realm where, of course, the good guys always win—or do they? Read full book review >
THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >
STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >
TWICE UPON A TIME by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Go for Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods, (2007) Emily Rodda's Key to Rondo (2008) and Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm (2010) instead. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
With no dearth of novels that fracture and mingle fairy tales, waste no time on this sequel and its lazy metaphysics. Read full book review >
HALF UPON A TIME by James Riley
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Unfortunately, plot twists and revelations all derive their meaning from past events in Jack's world, forcing the text to be so expository that emotional investment never quite catches up. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
This fractured fairy tale features a hip contemporary voice but relies too heavily on relayed history. Read full book review >