Review: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

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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!

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Review: The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

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It all started with the bidding on a precious book, banned by the government. Irene is determined to obtain the book for the Library while Charles Melancourt wants the book for a Russian buyer. Unfortunately, things quickly get complicated. Kai is supposed to meet with Peregrine Vale, a fellow fighter of crime and a friend. Instead, he runs into a trap and finds himself bound. Meanwhile, Irene is determined to find him- even if it costs her the position of Librarian that she values so highly.  Irene will have to sift through the various Fae intrigues if she hopes to rescue Kai….

THE MASKED CITY is the second book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series but can easily be read as a standalone. As much as I enjoyed the first book, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY, this second book simply blew me away! My only complaint- and it’s a very small one- is that we got less time with Kai since he spent most of the book in kidnapped status.

Genevieve Cogman expands on the world building in THE MASKED CITY and I love the potential I see for future books in this series as well.  The Library allows its librarians so basic resources that are typically at their disposal, but THE MASKED CITY turns all of that upside down. We get a lot of insight into the Fae world and the conflict exists internally. Even more intriguing, however, are the glimpses we get of the dragon’s world and I sincerely hope we get to see more of this in the future.

However, as much as I love the depth and complexity of the world building, it is the characters who truly make this series so enjoyable. Irene is a phenomenal heroine, both spunky and loyal to her friends. I love that she refuses to give up on Kai- and better yet, that Kai knows she won’t give up on him.  Vale isn’t as prominent in THE MASKED CITY but he continues to fight for justice, even when the paths for him to help seem blocked.

THE MASKED CITY solidifies my enjoyment of The Invisible Library series as I’m definitely hooked! Full of action, world building, and great character development, THE MASKED CITY is a fast paced read that keeps you rapidly turning the pages to see what will happen next. Highly recommended!

*Review copy received from Netgalley*