The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman

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The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

Review:

Oh my goodness! How wonderfully fun was this book?! Another recommendation from a fellow bibliophile, this was an addictive read.

Irene is a spunky, resourceful, professional spy who collects books for the mysterious Library. I enjoyed Irene’s asides (written in parenthesis) and the humour with which Cogman voices her. Kai, Irene’s apprentice, is powerful and enchanting and a trusted colleague. The interaction between Kai and Irene is, for a lack of a better word, fun to read.

I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. The mix of magic and mystery and adventure and a strong female lead has made this one of my favorite reads of this year (well, in the last two weeks!). I’m already on to the second book, The Masked Library (The Invisible Library #2)!

Review: Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison

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Summary (from http://www.goodreads.com)
Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children, but old hurts leave scars.

Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died, just three.

A miracle and a puzzle.

Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist causing mayhem with broad strokes, but an artist wielding a much finer, more pointed instrument of destruction. An assassin, whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.

Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam’s new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth
and once more into the line of fire.

Review:

Now, this book I finished in two days! This is my first J.T. Ellison novel (and I started with the second one because that’s what was available in the library), and I enjoyed it.

It was a heart-pounding mystery from multiple perspectives that kept me guessing fro beginning to end. Dr. Owen’s is a likable, intelligent, no-nonsense woman who knows exactly what she wants (her relationship with Xander is complicated, but ironically simple) and knows how to say, “no” to what she doesn’t (the advances of Detective Fletcher). While the writing is quite basic and simplistic, the plot is interesting and full of suspense. Because the novel is written in multiple perspectives, we get a chance to get to know the characters in quite a bit of depth.

If you enjoy a mystery or a who dun’ it, then I would recommend this for you.

2014 Summer Reading Review – Part 1

So far, my 2014 Summer Reading has been eclectic. I’ve read everything from history to fantasy to young adult and to mystery. However, from what I have read so far, the novels that I enjoyed the most and would recommend to others are: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer, and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. These novels were suspense-filled, wonderfully written,  and just absolutely magical. Happy reading!

Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Two women collide lives on a Nigeria beach. One must make a terrible choice. Two years later, they meet again and the story starts …

 

 

 

Review:

This was my first novel read from beginning to end on my e-reader (previous attempts to read electronically were disappointing – couldn’t get through more than three pages at most) – success! Thank you to my friend, Mumsibles of http://www.mumsibles.com, for the recommendation!

So, what kept me hooked was the narrative structure of the novel – the story being told by the two principal characters. The voices of the two women (love that!) are distinct and full of the emotions that bind them because of one chance meeting.

I don’t want to give too much away because it is a novel that needs to be experienced, and it certainly is that. Recommended.