Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow


Rexi Hood has a problem. As the perpetual sidekick in the fairy tales, she’s destined to be Forgotten. Her name will be wiped away and no one in Story will remember her. Rexi is determined to be more than a sidekick, however. She’s the daughter of Robin Hood and an outlaw. All it will take is a devious plan- and a whole lot of luck- but maybe Rexi can avoid being Forgotten.

WANTED is the second book in the Spelled series and I highly recommend reading SPELLED first. The events in WANTED strongly depend on the reader understanding the ongoing story threads as well as the character development already established. In fact, I wish Betsy Schow would have given us a short recap of the past events as it took me a while to reorient myself to the intriguing world she has crafted.

I really wanted to like Rexi as her underdog role appeals to me. I cheered her desire to become the hero of her own story, rather than disappearing from all memory as a forgotten sidekick. Unfortunately, WANTED seemed overly convoluted at times as the story twisted and turned, and then twisted and turned yet again. To further confuse things, Rexi’s own identity becomes dangerously entwined with Dorothea’s and it became difficult to distinguish what in the world was going on.

I finished WANTED with mixed feelings. The ending, although somewhat abrupt and unexpected, leaves me hopeful about the third book in the Spelled series. There are elements of WANTED that reminded me of the magic in SPELLED that first enchanted me and I’m hopeful Betsy Schow can rekindle those aspects in the third book.

Review: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman


The Library has always been a steadfast entity in Irene Winters’ world.  Doors to alternate worlds always function properly as long as the Librarians use them appropriately. Unfortunately, something has changed as Irene and her assistant, Kai, face danger when trying to open a Library door. The Library itself is at risk and Irene is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the world she knows. Meanwhile, Irene’s good friend, Peregrine Vale, has been tainted by Chaos Can Irene and Kai save both the Library and Vale?

THE BURNING PAGE is the third book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series. I would highly suggest reading the series in order as the foundations of the character development and world building are already established. There is also an ongoing thread that truly hits its stride in THE BURNING PAGE and you don’t want to miss the full impact of this fascinating storyline!

Irene is quickly becoming one of my favorite heroines! I love her quick thinking and her loyalty to her friends. Besides, she hates spiders as much as I do as Genevieve Cogman crafts one of the few spider scenes that I enjoyed despite the nasty eight legged arachnids!

Sherlock Holmes happens to be one of my all-time favorite detectives so of course I adore Vale! The comparisons to Sherlock Holmes (aka “the Great Detective”) are brilliantly executed. THE BURNING PAGE puts an interesting twist on his story and I hope we get to dig deeper into things with him in future books.

THE BURNING PAGE is my favorite book in The Invisible Library series and solidifies me as a fan. Genevieve Cogman has crafted an intriguing steampunk series that is both clever and action packed. Highly recommended!