ARC Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

ARC Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library
The Invisible Library #1
by Genevieve Cogman

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Adult
Publication date: June 14th, 2016
by Roc

Format: ARC

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One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.

London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

If you were blown away by Ink and Bone last year, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. If the slowness of Ink and Bone was a little harder to bear but you loved the concept, this book is DEFINITELY for you. If you are a bibliophile who wants to read a book about badass detective librarians, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. So basically, read this book.

4 Reasons to read The Invisible Library

1. An ambiguous library. Secrets are kept from the librarians yet we aren’t entirely sure if the library is good or evil. The MC acknowledges that she is probably told a bunch of lies but at her core, she is a bookworm so being at the library is where she feel most comfortable. I like to think that the library is a little fishy but not truly evil but who knows what secrets will come crawling out in the next two books ;)

2. The world building. Holy moly the world building in this book is good. I love alternative universes but I absolutely love the author’s original take on them here. I love how she also incorporates the missions the librarians go on within them. Basically, librarians are interested in books that are particular to a specific alternative. Do you love collecting multiple editions of your fav books? Can you imagine how much fun it would be to collect multiple editions from alternative universes with potential extra content that wasn’t published in your own universe? IT WOULD BE FUCKING AMAZING. Maybe a universe exists where I can get the ending I’ve always wanted from Looking for Alibrandi.

3. The characters. OMG THESE CHARACTERS. SO MUCH LOVE. Can I cuddle them? Irene is pretty badass. She can literally kick ass and is super smart. Kai has some really juicy secrets (and powers) that made me so excited and I know will have many more readers flailing. The secondary characters are also wonderful and add layers of wit and complexity to the novel. 

4. The Plot. I have a pretty bad relationship with books that take place over a short period of time but it works perfectly here. The author does time SO well in this book and I really cannot tell it’s been only 2-3 days (and of course, no insta love happens which helps.) There is so much excitement crammed into those days in a way that really isn’t unrealistic (given the ways in which this fictional world functions.) There is an element of mystery, adventure and survival. The plot also just works well because the world building is so good so I don’t have stupid questions and am just busy flipping the pages to know what is GONNA HAPPEN and who done it.

 
Basically, this book was amazing and will definitely go on my favorites of 2016 list. YOU SHOULD READ IT because it’s bookworm porn and I HAVE THE FLAILS and need someone to flail with.

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Overall: 5
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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    • Rashika says

      It actually just came out in the US on the 14th :) It’s been out in the UK for a bit which is why that might have confused you!

  1. says

    This book sounds sooo good so I’m glad it lives up to its premises! I haven’t read Ink & Bone yet, mostly because I’ve seen some not-so-glowing reviews for the sequel and am now thinking of holding out for the final novel to be released before diving in, but this is definitely a book I’m going to get my hands on. Thanks for forcing me to bump it up the TBR, Rashika! :)
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  2. says

    Ok so…I was already looking forward to reading this book but now I NEED IT LIKE AIR. I wonder if there are still some ARCs available in Canada…if not WHO CARES because I WILL be buying this asap :D Like, magical libraries, bookworms, awesome characters, plot, EVERYTHING. Fab review my friend ♥
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