I grabbed Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library on recommendation of a close friend (hi, Bek!) Spies, libraries, books, magical elements—this book seriously has it all. It’s a story about a society of librarians who travel to different times and realities to save books. Irene is one of these agents. She travels, with new student, Kai to retrieve a book from an alternative London, however, the mission goes terribly wrong. This is such a gorgeous book. Unfortunately, after trying to read this book for the last couple of months, I’ve had to put it down. This book lagged so much for me, and I really truly hate that. I want to love this book, but I just can’t. I’m not sure if it’s the world that I’m not connecting with or the characters I’m not jiving with, but I only made it a mere five chapters before I couldn’t move on.
I’m hoping that if I pick it up at a later date that I’ll fall in love with it (you know how I love British authors), and if you pick it up, I hope you love it!
More about The Invisible Library (via Goodreads):
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.
Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of the Invisible Library series, including The Burning Page, The Masked City, and The Invisible Library.