I know The Invisible Library has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but I actually quite enjoyed it.
What more can you ask for in a book than spies, a library, and shadowy organizations?!? I thought this was quite the fun adventure, and puts a new spin on librarians. I mean, of course librarians are this badass network of spies who can go to different alternate worlds! There are possessed alligators, dragons, creepy people who can put on other people’s skin (after killing them of course *shudders*), and magic.
The Library collects important works of fiction from all alternate worlds, employing professional spies to acquire them. Irene has grown up in the Library. Her parents worked for it, and now she works as a Junior Librarian for it.
I really liked the relationship that developed between Irene and Kai as they got to know one another, and began to trust each other more. Kai is this sort of mysterious character throughout. You know he is hiding something, but you still feel like he is a trustworthy person. Another character I liked was Vale, a detective in the world Irene and Kai are sent to retrieve a book. He sort of brings to mind a more personable Sherlock Holmes.
There seemed to be a relationship (not really sure it was a romantic one, but that could change in later books) between the three of them. And not really in the love triangle sort of way. I had to order a copy of Masked City from Book Depository to find out what happens next!
Towards the beginning, when Irene and Kai go on their first mission together, there is mention of a lady cat burglar, in a cat suit. All I can picture in my head is Anne Hathaway as Catwoman:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was original, and had me turning pages. Oh, did I mention it had DRAGONS.
All I really want out of life now is to join this library. *hands in my resume* please hire me.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
*I received an arc copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review*