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Book Thoughts: The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)

Cogman, Genevieve - The Invisible Library


Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Steampunk / Mystery
First published: 2015
Edition: Kindle e-book, published by Tor

It is hard to resist a book about books, is it not? It is for me. The premise of this book, a woman who goes and finds books in alternate worlds for a Library between worlds, is a great one and I had high hopes for it.

It took me a while to get into it. The writing did not grab me; it felt a little superficial and  too conversational in tone for my taste. I am not sure it suited the story.  I found it hard to connect to the main character Irene because of this. As the tale progressed, wounding its way past cyborg alligators, fae and werewolves, I did feel much more engaged. The plot feels original and interesting, but the characters still fell a bit flat for me. I just felt that they could have been fleshed out a bit more, especially the main character, but certainly also others, such as detective Vale and side kick Kai. They just did not seem quite real enough to me.

Despite my criticisms, I did like The Invisible Library. There is a lot of potential and I would read the sequel for sure.

4 out of 7 stars

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