My first buddy read with some fellow bookstagramers!! We were supposed to read it
over the month of August week by week. I made it to the third week and caved into a sleepless night to finish the book.
The concept of the book was super unique but I would’ve loved some more time fleshing out the characters. Elisabeth was raised in one of the great libraries of Austermeer but these libraries aren’t like ours. It’s a library full of magical secrets where the books, grimoires, pose just as much of a threat as the sorcerors themselves. When a grimoire is maliciously released Elisabeth tries to stop it and becomes the sole suspect in its release. Nathaniel Thorn and his demonic servant are the only ones willing to listen to Elisabeth as she goes trying to prove her innocence and to save the libraries from more attacks.
I really think the relationships and friendships in this book had great potential if we had just spent more time on them. A few times I had to stop and see if pages were stuck together because I felt like the scenes jumped from one idea to the next too quickly. For someone raised in a library, I feel like Elisabeth should’ve been a little better at thinking things through because I saw most of the plot from a mile away.
If you can look past the pacing issues and just focus on the originality of the world she created then this would be a great stand-alone novel for you!
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