Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Hi guys! Today is my second day to go back to school, and I know this semester is going to be even crazier than the first! Now I have AP exams and club competitions to worry about in the next few months! It’s going to be a long ride, but I’m hoping that I’ll still be able to read many great books and blog for you all! By now, I should have all my January posts scheduled, which is a great reliever for me. Today, I am reviewing a book I received many many months ago, but I finally had the chance to read it a few weeks ago and review it! Here’s my review of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman for you!

About the BookThe Invisible Library

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!


4 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free finished paperback of this novel from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was really looking forward to reading this novel because the premise intrigued me and a reviewer likened it to Thursday Next, who is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I devoured half of it in an entire day, not just because I had three hours to wait out in a college commencement, but mainly from the novel transporting me into its thrilling plot. The Invisible Library is full of fascinating world-building with eccentric characters and an entertaining and slightly satirical writing style that will put you on the edge of your seat. And I agree with that reviewer–it definitely did remind me a lot of Thursday Next. (You need to read that series, by the way. It’s hilarious and set in a world where all books are interconnected!)

Moving on from my side-trackedness, at many times I had the great desire to become a Librarian to save rare books and visit the Library and alternate universes. The world- and character-building in this novel was superb! I fell in love with the Library and the alternate Victorian London and all (well, most) of its characters from page one. I felt as if I was transported alongside Irene, Kai, and Vale as they fought against mythical villains and explored the alternate reality. It certainly was a fun adventure with many crazy characters! Also, Cogman’s narration and writing style was very unique and very hilarious, and she added bits of humor, sarcasm, and commentary throughout the novel. It’s truly a one-of-the-kind and memorable novel that will stick with you for a while.

I really was placed on the edge of my seat for much of the novel! I devoured more than half of it in a day, and it went straight into the conflict of the storyline, which is my one of “expository preferences.” It was highly entertaining and very intriguing from page one. Let me tell you, it was a wild and crazy roller coaster ride of action, adventure, suspense, characters who embody Sherlock Holmes, and books galore! Now I want to be a Librarian and save a book just once! Although it could have captivated me a bit more, I still overall enjoyed it.

If you’re an avid reader like me, I definitely would definitely recommend this to you. It’s perfect for those who love books that are based off of books! I mean, alternate universes, characters who seem invincible, annihilating an entire town or group of people to get a book that has the potential to destroy the whole world if in the wrong hands–what’s not to love? I’m definitely looking forward to book two and hoping I’ll be able to snag a copy sometime. The Invisible Library is a series that is worth picking up and continuing until the end. It will fuel the bibliophile’s fiery passion towards literature and make one fall in love with the entire book world all over again.

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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7 thoughts on “Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

  1. I really enjoyed this book as well!! I’m excited to go on with the series too!! At first it was a little confusing with me because of the system of the Library itself, but then I was just immersed in the story and never wanted it to end! Great review!!

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  2. I saw a really beautiful edition of this book once (I think it was this book?) Been quite curious about it since 🙂 hey, BTW – good luck with your January schoolwork! Impressive about having ALL your January posts scheduled! This month I’m working with quite a few bloggers on collab, so it’s harder to schedule things in advance 😅

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get to read this book–it’s really awesome! And I have most of them scheduled (since I had to move one around) actually, but I’m glad I have the next couple of weeks done, haha. I’m excited to see your collabs soon! Maybe we could do one in the future! 😉


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