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Invisible Library
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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!"
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I chose this for #booked2023 #gaslightfantasy, since it was on my TBR shelf already. 🙂

I‘d say it also falls into urban fantasy, taking place in Londons (yes multiple) and having the typical UF cast (vampires/fay/werewolves/etc) and also somewhat steampunky.

For me, more so-so but almost low pick? Fun but won‘t stick with me at all.
#serieslove2023

Cinfhen I bailed on this one - just wasn‘t my thing 6d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 6d
TheSpineView Great job 6d
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BarkingMadRead
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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I‘m just getting to the good part and a family is on speakerphone, and everyone is so loud! Can they not see me reading?!? #volumedown #youarenottheonlypeoplehere #imcranky #dontmesswithmyzen #wellnesswednesday

Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, it‘s so infuriating when people use speakerphone in public! 1mo
Reggie This happens to me at the laundry all the time. Also, I do love to read at Panera while eating a goddess Cobb salad. 4w
BarkingMadRead @Reggie our tax accountant yelled at me for wasting money on oatmeal every week, I was like, Girl! Don‘t rain on my Panera parade! 4w
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BarbaraJean
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This was a delightful romp through alternate worlds, following librarians with powers who are acting on orders from a mysterious Library. The world-building felt a little scattered, but the characters and plot were so much fun, and I‘m looking forward to the next one! I suppose this counts for #SeriesLove2023… even if this is the start of a new series and I intended to use the challenge to finish series already in progress! 😆

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Always good to start new series. 2mo
BookaholicNatty I loved this book! 2mo
Buchbeeg This is one of my favorite books ever. The series is amazing and I always found myself finishing the books too quickly. 2mo
TheSpineView I enjoyed this one too. Well done! 2mo
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BarbaraJean
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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I was sitting here deciding which book to start tonight, opened up my eBook of The Invisible Library, saw this blurb from N.K. Jemisin, and poof! My decision is made. I mean, remote-controlled alligators? 🤯😂🙌🏼 If I‘d known that before, this book might not have sat on my Kindle unread for this long.

Aimeesue 📱🐊🐊🐊 😄 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Hell's Library meets Veronica Speedwell. Once upon a time I avoided series like the plague and now I am over the moon realizing there are seven more books in this world to read. The librarian with powers and the book hunting/mysteries/heists and the sharp detective and the apprentice who's more than he seems and the rival and the hinted character back stories. Oh, yes, please! My kind of fantasy. Bit predictable? Yes, but it makes me feel smart!

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Robotswithpersonality
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Oo, oo! New word! I've seen insidious many a time, but I can't recall an invidious:
"(of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others."
"(of a comparison or distinction) unfairly discriminating; unjust."
Borders on an onomatopoeia - sounds like you're expressing distaste just pronouncing it. IN-vidi-ous! ?

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Robotswithpersonality
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Lonely books. 😢

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galueth28
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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I read the first two books of the Invisible Library this year and they're really fun. There's a magical library, alternate wotlds, heists, dragons and fae. What's not to love?

#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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Robotswithpersonality
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Books + guns => latest version of 'carrot and stick'? 🙃

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Robotswithpersonality
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Priorities. 📚

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BarkingMadRead
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Ms_Ashley
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Mehso-so

The in between between worlds, held in existence by virtue of the books housed there. The Invisible Library functions to ‘collect and preserve‘ unique and important works of literature connecting it to the existing alternate worlds. In this first book, a young librarian and her student find themselves entrenched in a generations old vendetta. They must trust each other and unlikely friends if they want to save themselves and the Library‘s secrets.

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galueth28
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

This was a really fun read. Likeable characters and a nice mistery to follow along, with the promise of something sinister in the background 🤩😍

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galueth28
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Posting my #bookspin list for April. March was a bit of a disapointment in regards to reading, I hope next month goes better.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 12mo
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Redy2trvl
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Today‘s dismal weather is perfect for a fresh book and warm cuddles. Happy Sunday littens! #catsoflitsy

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Monicad
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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I was referred to this collection as being the closest thing to Harry Potter and thought I'd buy the first book to see and give them a go... I have since bought the 2nd and 3rd in the collection. I don't think that any book should and can be compared to Harry Potter though. I did enjoy the world that she creates... Simple to follow and interesting with lots of room to test your imagination. I'm looking forward to the rest!

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Texreader
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Beware. If you follow this link you will be adding lots of books to your tbr list!

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/magical-libraries

wanderinglynn I shouldn‘t have looked at the list! 🤣📚📚📚 2y
WJCintron 🙌 😃 😂 2y
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Read-y_Picker
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion 3⭐️
This was a tough one. I really wanted to like it but right out of the gate the relationships between the characters ruined it for me. It wasn‘t even instant chemistry or love at first sight but this internal struggle with wanting to trust someone from the moment you meet… just strange and inappropriate. This book was very difficult to get into. Once an antagonist was named it was a bit easier to get swept up into the story ⬇️

Read-y_Picker There was a lot of ‘rule breaking‘ as the MC explained the workings of the storyverse to the reader by revealing the library‘s secrets to civilians. I will probably pick up the next in the series to see if the writing improves now that the basics are out of the way, but I don‘t have high hopes. 2y
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sparrowssavvy
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

I was so excited to try this series and it did not disappoint. I love the concept of the universe created and this reminded me of the Parasol Protectorate meets Chronicles of St. Mary‘s, both of which I love!

The characters were quite fun and unique. The characters that were trope characters weren‘t taken too seriously which I appreciated. The protagonist had some delightful inner thoughts and asides, which is always great.

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ShyBookOwl
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Action-Packed; Bookish; Funny

⭐⭐⭐⭐

#3WordReviews

@Mavey wanna join in? 😊

mavey @ShyBookOwl This is cool! Definitely! Thanks for the tag!😊💕 2y
ShyBookOwl No problem! I enjoyed your #comiccomfort so I wanted to share just in case you were interested 😊 2y
mavey @ShyBookOwl Aww that's great to know! I absolutely loved this!😊 2y
ShyBookOwl @Mavey Awesome ☺ 2y
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HOTPock3tt
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Look what I managed to score! 💕 😁
Although I‘ve never been much of a wine drinker... (I‘m more of Titos girl or a Beer drinker) I‘m going to kick back, enjoy the tagged book and some #BlackGirlMagic! 💖🎉🙌🏽
Thanks! @KVanRead for first introducing this to us here on Litsy! 🤗

KVanRead Nice!!! And thanks to @sprainedbrain I‘m all signed up for the wine and book club 😀 2y
BeaG I need to find this and try it! Thanks for sharing! 2y
HOTPock3tt @kvanread Yep! 🤗 @BeaG I found it at target lol. Do you guys have target in your state? (edited) 2y
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cewilf
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Any other remote teachers out there? I‘ve been remote all year and we are making moves to get in the building in the next few weeks. Still no vaccines. I am so overwhelmed at the thought of concurrent teaching. Trying to ignore all the stress while I still have time 😅 Starting this today.

Mrs_B 🙋‍♀️ one cross-eyed teacher here. 2y
cewilf @Mrs_B I‘m with you on that 🤪 thanks goodness it‘s almost the weekend 2y
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NeonKnight
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Bailedbailed

No, sorry. I hate giving up on books, especially ones that sound right up my alley. Librarian thieves stealing books from alternate dimensions? Brilliant concept. But the characters are so flat and whiney, the action scenes are interrupted by unneeded exposition and the story begins to drag early on.

I really wanted to get into this one, but it just lost me too early and my tbr is calling.

#theinvisiblelibrary
#genevievecogman

Jari-chan It was the same with me and this book 😔 2y
wanderinglynn I agree. I didn‘t like this one either. Very disappointing. 2y
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Soubhiville
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Thank you @iread2much Rachel, I received your book .😊. A fantasy suspense about finding a stolen dangerous book in an alternate universe version of London?! Yep, count me in for this one!

iread2much 😄 you are welcome! I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Verity
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Another one where it took me a little while to get into it but once I did I enjoyed it. I have the next two already because Little Sis is reading them and I suspect I‘ll be reading them!

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NeonKnight
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Phew that was close, almost ran out of books to read.

#lordoflight
#theinvisiblelibrary
#dunemessiah

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VioletCavalier
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

It took me a while to soak up this book, but I'm glad I took my time! Great action, fantastic characters, and what a world they're in! I found the heroine pretty darn relatable. What an incredible adventure. Would definitely re-read. It looks like it's the first in a series, I'll have to find the second book someday!

katy4peas There is so much going on and you are just thrown into a new world with new vocab and everything that it definitely took me a little while to get into the groove with this one as well. But I loved it once I figured out what was going on. I did guess part of the ending though! 3y
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CaitlinR
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

I love fantasy stories written with humor — a guilty pleasure. Highly recommended for these perilous times.

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raeintheworld
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

I have been in the mood for escapism, and this was definitely that. I liked it, but I don‘t think I‘ll continue on with the series.

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Verity
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Latest fantasy read!

CrowCAH I loved this one! 3y
Verity @CrowCAH I have high hopes, it sounds like absolutely my thing and I‘ve seen lots of good reviews. 3y
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The_Whimsical_Bookdragon
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Thoroughly enjoyable, a delight to read and a pleasure to see into the mind of Genevieve Cogman. The premise is intruiging, the plot is fast paced and the characters are very dynamic. It can be hard to keep up with at times, but this isn't a book for someone looking for a light read. It sucks you in from the first chapter and even though it finishes abruptly, I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

kspenmoll Great review! 3y
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bookseller_cate
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Started on New Year‘s Day, finally finished today. Let‘s hope my next read doesn‘t take as long.

Giving it a “pick” rating because I just can‘t remember the beginning well enough to truly judge it as a whole. It seemed to constantly break its own rules, but, again, that might be explained in the opening half. The climax was fun.

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LeticiaToraci
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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This was a very entertaining book with interesting characters too. It was also a wonderful blend of historical fantasy, paranormal, steampunk and mystery. I'll go on reading this series for sure. #BookSpin #april2020 #magicalreadathon2020 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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bookishnerd
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pandemic book haul from Book Outlet. They had a spring sale aka Pandemic Sale. 😁 (Don't they look like they belong together?)

katy4peas 😍 3y
Leftcoastzen They do look good together! Nice Haul! 3y
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Dramatictara
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Starting today...sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction😳 I need a little supernatural sci-fi action to make it through this virus.

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Preciouz29
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
Pickpick

Long, but engaging.

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Mitch
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Crazeedi ❤💚💙 3y
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katy4peas
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Lots of fun! History, Sci-Fi, and magic combined. Lots of twists and turns. I guessed the person 10 pages before the book revealed it, but was then surprised by more twists. Some gore and suggestive material, but nothing directly dirty. Fun read and interesting characters and plot idea.

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LeticiaToraci
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Yay! Thanks everybody!

InBooksILive Congrats!!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈 3y
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TiffanyMichele
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Pickpick

Amazing, hilarious, magical, nail biting adventure!! This was definitely a five star read and I implore you to give it a go!!
If you‘re new to adult fiction, this would be a great starting point! Clean and fun, this is a worthwhile read and one of the best books I‘ve read in a while.

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LeticiaToraci
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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These are my 20 books for March's #bookspin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh wow these all look great!! Random, but Emily Duncan actually grew up here, and was the same age as my sister so they knew each other lol It's kind of fantastic because when she was a teenager she was basically like “I'm going to become a best-selling author“ - and then she did! 3y
BookingitwithSandra Looks like a great stack! 3y
LeticiaToraci And the #bookspin draw number is 20, Wicked Saints! 3y
LeticiaToraci #7 #doublespin would be Nevernight. Not sure I'll have time to read it tough because the library books come first. 3y
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Lucy_Anywhere
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Having some quality hammock time in Sri Lanka and enjoying getting stuck into this fun fantasy series. With a madcap plot and witty dialogue, it's perfect for a lazy afternoon ⭐⭐⭐ and a bit!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your pic!! 3y
Lucy_Anywhere @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! I feel it sums up my holiday so far! 3y
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LeticiaToraci
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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These are my 19 books for #bookspin
If the number 2 (already read) or 20 is chosen I'll pick one of the physical books I have left which isn't in this picture. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along!! You have some gorgeous book editions!! I'll be sure to tag you with the lucky number tomorrow!! 😁 3y
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LeticiaToraci
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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2020 Will be all about reading what's on my shelf already!

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Kellykoalla
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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I was right. I did love this book from beginning to end. The character development, fantasy-esque plot, and all the little details made this book lovable to me. Now I just can‘t wait to read the next in the series!

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Kellykoalla
Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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It‘s not everyday that I find a book that the second I start reading, I already know it is going to be amazing. I‘m pretty sure this is one of those books.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy ❤️ 3y
Kellykoalla @Eggs thank you! 3y
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DCoates
The Invisible Library | Genevieve Cogman
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Quote stated by Irene regarding the school library on the campus of Prince Mordred's Private Academy for Boys: "The atmosphere of the place soothed her automatically; the rich lantern-lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books"(p.12).