The first in a series, set in Edinburgh, there are ghosts, magical people and a really cool library. It's definitely an interesting story, a bit gruesome at times, the MC is very cool and the cover is stunning.
I‘ve gotta say, the cover and title initially drew me in, and then I found out it‘s set in Edinburgh with Zimbabwean magic and I was even more intrigued! I‘m really looking forward to starting this one! What‘s a cover that caught your attention?
I‘m actually somewhere between a pick and so-so, but that‘s not an option lol. I enjoyed the story and liked the protagonist, but was disappointed that the “library of the dead” wasn‘t more of a prominent setting in the story. It was a pretty quick read and I liked how the author made the magical aspects somewhat scientific.
I listened to the audio of this one, and the narration was fantastic. The story, though, was just ok. Maybe my expectations were too high, but for me this was just so-so.
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"We are mind, heart, and hand. Through these our will is made manifest in the world. We shape it by touching it.... What is magic if not the thing that connects us to the land and those who rest in it, the voices that whisper in the wind - our ancestors and their forebears?"
🎧 This isn‘t what I expected. I still enjoyed it & recommend it as maybe a family read.
Ropa is a 14 yo drop out who sees & talks to dead people. She‘s sassy & outspoken as a Ghostalker that‘s paid a lot to help the dead finish their business.
She & her BFF fall into trouble & Zimbabwean magic at the Edinburgh library of the dead. There‘s a mystery involving some children that Ropa plans to solve getting herself into some trouble!
I'm really not supposed to be doing this, but a girl's got to get paid, so here we go. #firstlinefridays
I started this one last month but couldn't get into it on my kindle. I could tell the narrator had a distinct voice and I was having trouble hearing it in my head. I decided to put a hold on the audiobook instead. It just came in & I'm blown away by how much better this experience is for me! 🎧📖🎉
I think I've finalized my #scarathlontbr. They won't all probably fit the theme for #teamhendrix, but I think they're all sufficiently spooky, creepy, halloweeny and will likely fit other readathons I'm doing. I am soooo excited for October, I can't stand it!! ☠👻🎃
This book just isn‘t for me. I thought it was going to be an adult fantasy but it reads much younger. More like a young YA/older Middle Grade (I think it was marketed as adult).The idea of the story is intriguing and I do enjoy YA/MG, this just didn‘t do it for me. Most likely because it wasn‘t what I was expecting and I‘m not the biggest fan of the main character. Oh well, I‘m sure many others will enjoy this one. It‘s just a miss for me.
I missed #firstlinefridays yesterday. It was my bday and I spent it mostly offline. But this morning I picked this one up and I must say, that's a damn intriguing opening! So ready! Pairing it with leftover bday doughnuts 🍩 😋
I wanted to love this audiobook, but ultimately it was a so-so leaning towards pick. A teenager who can talk to ghosts (and does so for money) in a post-something-very-bad Edinburgh, trying to solve what‘s happening to local kids who are disappearing. I loved Ropa—this is a first person narrative YA, and her voice comes through very well— and the cool Zimbabwean-Scottish elements of the story. I wish there was more of the actual library and ⬇️⬇️
🌟 🌟 🌟 https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/07/09/the-library-of-the-dead-by-t-l-...
I was a bit disappointed in this one. I loved the idea of Ropa being a ghost talker, I enjoyed the plot too. My problem laid with the fact Ropa is a teen and the narration is the first person, so it comes off extremely tweeny. I'm not a fan of YA and had no idea this was a YA novel (it was in the adult section at my library). I could not get into it.
Full review: https://scepticalreading.com/2021/07/ghosthunting-in-edinburgh/
Wanted to see more of The Library of the Dead.
Wanted to read Harris' Orfeia with @Maike, but this book shouted at me all through my 40min yoga session. So, Urban Fantasy with a teenage exorcist it is.
Ropa is a ghostalker in Edinburgh after some kind of... Revolt? Catastrophe? There are a lot of good ideas - too many, actually, so that the library of the dead from the title is only one small part of the story. I think this is the start of a new series, but unless the sequel will be tighter, I don't think I will read it.
The start of a new series, I absolutely loved this one that hit the shelves 6/1! Narrator Ropa talks to ghosts to scrape by a living to support her younger sister and grandmother in a magical, post-apocalyptic Edinburgh. She makes for a terrific heroine- brave, funny and a definite survivor- this is a genuine pleasure to read and while the plot may not be unpredictable it is entirely fun and I can‘t wait for the sequel!
This was such a fun, adventurous book to read full of magic, great characters, and culture. Ropa is the perfect mix of loyal and sassy. She's become a ghostalker in order to provide for her family, but she encounters a ghost who is going to change her whole world.
Great start to this series and I'm excited for the next one when it comes out.
These two arrived yesterday, I had forgotten that I had pre ordered them, I must admit I enjoy the surprise!
The library of the dead is set in my hometown of Edinburgh so I can‘t wait to read it. And how Britain ends speaks to me a lot, being Scottish and hoping for independence, I think this will be interesting
I‘m enjoying this book so so very much. 😍