Book Review: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman: Irene would like nothing better than to curl up with a good book. She is, after all, a librarian. However, she works for the mysterious Library that exists between the worlds. Her job involves going into the alternate realities and collecting important books of fiction, by whatever means possible (preferably quietly and unnoticed). However, when Irene and her assistant, Kai, are sent to an alternate London to retrieve a book of Grimms’ fairy tales, they discover that the book has been stolen, the werewolf who had bought it has been murdered, and a number of ruthless people (including the Fae and a renegade Librarian) are all after the book. Lives and worlds are at stake. Aided by a Sherlockian gentleman, they seek to untangle the clues, find the book, and figure out its importance before their enemies can kill them.
I loved this book. It’s a fast-paced, mystery/fantasy set in a steam-punk world, with memorable characters and a plot that keeps on twisting. Irene may appear to be a straight-laced, prim and proper librarian who never loses her cool, but she soon reveals her courage, intelligence, and resourcefulness as she faces overwhelming challenges. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Young Adult, Adult — Five stars