The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Irene is a librarian and works for the Library. She collects books from different alternate worlds to save and preserve in the Library. For her next assignment she gets an apprentice, Kai who comes with her to an alternative Victorian London with both fairies and vampires. The book she’s searching for seems to have been stolen and an eventful adventure starts for her and Kai. the invisible library

This book was so much fun! I was entertained from the start to finish. Such a great concept of the worlds and the library. Genevieve Cogman has great imagination and this book is filled to the brim with awesome ideas and witty dialogue. I completely loved this book. It is funny, has great characters, lots of action, plot twists, magical elements, you name it! It’s not steampunk per say, maybe it’s “bookpunk”? Haha. I highly recommend others to read this book, especially if you (like me) like Gail Carrigers “teapunk” books.

 

The Design

I love this cover and it was one of the reasons I spontaneously bought this book at Science Fiction bokhandeln when I visited Stockholm in the beginning of April. The background looks like a green/blue leather and the text and design is all in a golden shiny colour. The cover really looks a lot better in real life than in the web photo above, when the golden colour really shines and reflects the light. I love all the details and the silhouettes. It’s a great book cover!

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Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

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This was a very refreshing book I must say. Jonathan, the main character lives in the kingdom of Arthurise and when a mysterious illness, the Venen,  takes hold and spreads to most women (including his mother and sister) he gets tangled up in a world of illusions in search for the cure. Jonathan travels to the parallel world and kingdom of Nod’ol where he is promised the antitoxin to the Venen if he only participated in a illusionarium contest…
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This book was great. First off we have a male lead character in a steam punk/historical setting. The story takes a lot of twists and turns and it’s really a good adventure book. I liked the fact that it was an adventure book and not a romance, at least not for the main character. I really liked his friend but not friend, Lockwood  for his comic relief and his brave actions. I also liked Queen Honoria in all her craziness. Heather Dixon does not lack fantasy and ideas that’s for sure. This is a fun read!

 

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One of the reasons I bought the book was because of the cover. The pretty clothing, the city standing in the mist, and the nicely done border with a steam punk feel, made me have no hesitation on buying this book. It’s a nice cover that appeals to me. The cover for this book really could have looked a lot different depending on which way you want to go with it (the book really has so many cool things and scenes in it). But I like this as it doesn’t reveal all too much about the book.