The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

27177204“The atmosphere of the place soothed her automatically; the rich lantern lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books.”

A mysterious Library society, spies, alternate realities, and at the center of it all is the search for books.  Now that is definitely the sound of a book I had to read.  The Invisible Library centers around the character of Irene, a member/spy of the Library.  It is a society few are aware of and one whose mission is to collect books from alternate realities in order to preserve them.  Irene is assigned to a mission with new assistant Kai to an alternate London in order to retrieve a book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which proves to be particularly dangerous as this alternate world is infested with chaos.  A world where magic and the supernatural are not controlled.  Upon their arrival they learn that the book they are in search of has gone missing, and their assignment becomes all the more dangerous as they encounter various characters and creatures in their search.

First in a series, The Invisible Library is a fun, action-packed adventure with a great sense of humour.  The dialogue and banter between characters is enjoyable, and the characters themselves are interesting and memorable. Irene is a strong protagonist who is smart, tough, and oh so cool.  I would have liked more of a foundation established for the Library society, the world and the different realities before diving into the action as there are moments that were a little confusing at times.  Overall, this is a fun adventure and a great set up for what is sure to be a very enjoyable series.

“… and the deepest, most fundamental part of her life involved a love of books. Right now, she wanted nothing more than to shut the rest of the world out, and have nothing to worry about, except the next page of whatever she was reading.”

*ARC provided by NetGalley.  North American publication date: June 14, 2016.  Originally published in the UK on January 15, 2015.

Most Anticipated June Releases

There are so many interesting books coming out over the summer months, which I’m very much looking forward to.  Each month is full of great releases, so I thought I would break it down and share what books have caught my attention.  These are my most anticipated releases for the month of June:

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
A modern take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl tells the story of Kate who feels stuck running the house of her offbeat scientist father.  When his brilliant lab assistant may be deported, he concocts a crazy plan to enable him to stay and will need Kate’s help to do it.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Another interesting love story from an author that has brought us so many great summer reads.  One True Loves tells the story of a woman who has to choose between a husband she thought was dead and her new fiancé who helped her heal after the loss.

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
A choose your own path adventure!
“What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?”  I want to know the answers to those questions. 🙂

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
A secret library society that travels to alternate realities to retrieve books in order to preserve the works.  Irene is sent on a mission to retrieve a book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in an alternate London that is infested with chaos, and along with her assistant Kai she is thrown into a dangerous adventure.

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley
Catherine is wealthy and seemingly has it all, however with men who only seem to be interested in her money she fears that she will never have a family of her own.  When she meets the handsome William everything seems to be falling into place, until strange signs appear and the personal connection he has to her family may hold the answer to whatever is being kept secret.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
It is 1976 in New England and Edgar and Fern are married with three children.  When they discover that the family fortune they depend on is gone, their distress leads them in unexpected directions.

What books are you looking forward to? 🙂