Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #1
Publisher: Ace, Reprint Edition
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Source: Blogging for Books
Oh my goodness this book. I had heard things on and off about this series from the book world via the internet...and then one day I saw it was available on Blogging for Books. So I snatched it right up.
Then I finally got to where I had time to read this book in my not so busy but some how it is still busy life. I cracked opened the covers and started reading. I was instantly hooked on the world
I will admit that it took me a little bit to be fully drawn into the story, but when I started it off, I was not in the best place mentally. I blame this small problem wholly on this. By the time I was done with the book, my mental status had much improved and I was LOVING this book. ABSOLUTELY LOVING!
What we have here is not an alternate history book, not really. It is an alternate reality book that happens to take place in our past. It also has a touch of paranormal and steampunk. Really right up my alley. I should have read this much sooner.
So we have our main character Irene. She gets charged by The Library to go find a book in a specific world. The Library likes to collect books for various reasons and it sends its Librarians out to retrieve them. Sometimes the retrieval is easy, other times it is not. As you can guess this time was no so easy.
We meet a huge cast of characters and not all of them are human! The world she is sent into has all sorts of creatures in it - vampires, fae, werewolves, humans, and more. So much awesome!
My favorite character by far was Vale. But I happen to love Sherlock Holmes and Vale is very reminiscent of him. So don't mind me while I drool over him. Kai, Irene's trainee was okay I guess. But Vale was *yes*
The steampunk element was definitely there, but I do wish it had had a bit more. As I love steampunk, but that is okay. It didn't really diminish the story or the world for me. I guess I am just greedy when it comes to wanting more of an element or something.
I am now a huge fan of these characters and look forward to making time to read the rest of the books in this series!
This review is based on a copy provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.