book review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library is the first in a series about librarians who travel to parallel universes to retrieve books.  The librarians sometimes retrieve books to preserve them or sometimes to strengthen the bond between the the universe and the Library.  The exact purpose is a bit murky and since Irene, the main protagonist, is only a junior librarian, she doesn’t get the whole story.  The reader doesn’t either since the story is told through Irene.  The book blends fantasy and science fiction and reminded me a lot of the movie, The Librarian.

Just like in the movie, Irene travels to the other locations by using doors to the library.  Librarians in the book have tattoos on their backs which allow them to understand a special language, which allows them to use powers.  They have to be precise in how they use the language in order for their powers to be effective.  Irene and Kai, her new apprentice, are sent into a world with chaos, which means that the world doesn’t always behave according worlds that don’t have chaos.  In this world, werewolves, faeries, and vampires thrive … and it turns out, many other weird things such as cyborg alligators.

I was torn about this book.  On one hand, I loved the premise, the characters were creative, and the writing was decent.  However, I felt that the author was trying to put too much into the novel and there were too many things that weren’t explained.  It felt like I was reading a book with ADHD, if that makes sense.  I will be reading at least 1 more book in the series to see if it gets better.  If the second book is overly-full of protagonists/events, I will probably move on to a different book or series.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

 

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book review: The Fallen by Ace Atkins

The Fallen is another book in the Quinn Colson series.  For those new to the series, Quinn Colson is a sheriff in Tibbehah County, Mississippi.  The other main characters in the series include Lillie Virgil, Quinn’s deputy, and Caddy, Quinn’s sister.  You don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand this one, but you develop more of a liking for Quinn if you read the earlier books in the series first.

The main plot centers around Quinn trying to capture some bank robbers who are in and out of banks in roughly 2 minutes with military precision.  I think the author stole the idea of the bank robbers from Point Break, down to the masks that they wear (Donald Trump instead of other ex-presidents).  There is a bit of a side plot with Caddy trying to find two missing girls, and of course, the side plot ends up being related to the main plot.

Even though this book takes place in the South, I kept getting images of Country/Western while reading it.  When I think about the South, I think of scenery invoked by To Kill a Mockingbird.  With this book, I was picturing a saloon-type atmosphere, big hats, and boots.  Here’s where I admit that I don’t know much about the South or Country/Western so I could be totally off.

There is a lot of swearing in the book and the language used is pretty derogatory towards women in general so don’t read it if you’re going to get offended.  I don’t get offended by that kind of stuff, but the swearing did get tedious after a while.  I was just tired of reading some of it.

If you’re a Quinn Colson fan, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book.  I will admit that it wasn’t my favorite crime/suspense, but I did finish the book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from First to Read by Penguin.