Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Genre: Fantasy | sci-fi | mystery
Series: The Invisible Library
Goodreads rating: 3.80
My rating: ★★★★


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 (Goodreads).


I would have finished this book a lot quicker if it hadn’t been for exams, as it’s brilliant and fast-paced, written in a witty manner with witty dialogue and fun characters. I wasn’t immediately drawn into the world, thus the four stars instead of five, but I really can’t wait for the sequel.

Irene works for the Library, which is something I think all of us would want to do. She travels to alternate universes to collect works of fiction. Alternate universes? Yes please. Sometimes with fairies, vampires, dragons, detectives and adventure? Hell yeah. Collecting books? Sign me up.

Irene is a great protagonist, smart, funny and witty, who knows how to get out of a tricky situation. Through the novel we get to know her pretty well and she starts to have some doubts about her and the Library’s morals, which I hope will be explored further in The Masked City. Kai is like her Watson, he is reliable and thrustworthy and knows that Irene knows what she’s doing. The side characters are all interesting and quirky. If you’re looking for the perfect squad to solve a mystery with, look no further.

The worldbuilding is also well done. Cogman explains the way the library and the alternate worlds work piece by piece, not all at once. She tells you what you need to know for now, without leaving you completely clueless. Questions were answered I didn’t even realise I had. And can I again say: alternate worlds? Fairies and vampires and dragons and detectives and adventure? And of course there is magic and ‘the Language’, which is sort of the Librarian’s magic.

And oh the mystery was well done. There were plot twists I didn’t see coming until Irene started to figure them out. They left me open mouthed and wanting to read more and more. Why oh why was this only released this year? Why do I have to wait so long for The Masked City? (Okay, according to the publisher it will be released in October, which isn’t such a long wait, but still) I need more of Irene and Kai and their companions. I need to know what happens next.

This book was amazing. Writing this review I fell in love with it all over again. Read it, you won’t regret it. And if you do, I hereby give you permission to chase me with pitchforks. And if you do, please don’t chase me with pitckforks.


A Cinderelly Bookhaul

This Monday my mom and I went to the centre to do some shopping (read: TO ACQUIRE BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. Spoiler: I’ve succeeded) and to see Cinderella. It was a fun day and I’m really happy with the books I got. Two books are a gift from my mom and grandfather for my hardwork and results after my last testweek. The other two are pats on the back from myself haha.


So here they are! The Elite by Kiera Cass, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I went in looking for Scarlet, as not only is it one of my goals to get up to date with The Lunar Chronicles this year, I haven’t read anything yet for the Fairytale Retelling Challenge, which is terrible. And since I read The Selection this year I decided to read The Elite, as I’d like to finish that series this year too.

I hadn’t heard of The Invisible Library nor of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, but both books caught my eyes (because look at those covers!) and when I read the synopses I knew I had to read them. I mean, the protagonist of The Invisible Library is a spy who works for the Library. This Library harvests fiction from different realities. How cool is that?! Also: alternative London, supernatural creatures, unpredictable magic and secret societies.

I’m aware I already have it. Sssh!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library on the other hand involves ‘the coolest library in the world’, or so says James Patterson. The protagonist of this book isn’t a spy, but he gets to spend the night locked in in the library. Isn’t that every bookworms dream?!  The tricky part isn’t getting out of the library though, it’s getting out.

Then it was time to go and see Cinderella, which I definitely recommend. Not only was it like seeing the classic come to live, it was actually better. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original, but I never really felt the romance between Cinderella and the prince, which I’m sure a lot of you can agree with. I mean, they just met and didn’t even talk. I totally shipped them in the film though. Also the actors were brilliant, it was funny, the mice were adorable and I want that dress. Where there things I wish they hadn’t left out? Of course, but I’m not going to be all cranky about that. Just go see it. Trust me.

Have any of you read any of my new precious books? Have you seen Cinderella yet? Let me know in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff