Review by Lauren
Source: copy from e-library; all opinions are my own
Review: I remember when this book first came out. It was one that I really wanted to check out, but it tends to take me awhile to read books if I’m not reviewing them. Hence why I’m finally reviewing the first book in the Invisible Library series. This book is stated to be “Doctor Who with librarian spies” and I have to agree that that’s a pretty accurate summary. The book follows Librarian (yes, capital L) Irene as she goes on a mission from the Library. These missions take Librarians to alternate worlds where they are asked to retrieve, or steal if you will, a certain text that only exists in that world.Doctor Who with librarian spies? Yes, please! Book review #ontheblog #bookbloggers Click To Tweet
This time Irene is sent with an assistant, Kai, to an alternative London where they are expected to retrieve a Grimm book that contains a story only published in this book, in this world. It’s a fascinating premise and I certainly admired Irene. I thought she was a bit naive in terms of not ever really questioning aspects of the Library, but having grown up around it her whole life, it did make sense. Her parents were Librarians, and so she always knew she would become one as well.
The Invisible Library is full of mystery and suspense – I didn’t always know who to trust, but it made the book just that more exciting! The alternate London was a fun place to explore alongside Irene and Kai, and I loved their burgeoning friendship throughout the book. I always thought this was a YA series, but it’s apparently categorized under Adult. Regardless, I find it fairly suitable for older teen readers. There isn’t too much mentioned that isn’t featured in YA books. I suppose it’s more adult because Irene is not a teenager. None of this detracts from the book in any way; it’s simply something I wanted to mention.