Tuesday, April 29, 2014

REVIEW: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher 
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This book was received from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way *

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That—along with everything else—changed the day she met her first fairy.

When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon—and uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you  to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book. And the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.

It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how many times I wished I could be thrown into the book with Alice. Fighting the bad guys (and monsters) kissing the boy (even though it really wasn't what it seemed) and just kicking butt with her (and Ashes, the cat)

Alice Creighton is just a young girl who doesn't know the power she posses. She lives a quiet life with her father and loves to read and learn. Until the day she stumbles on to a private conversation her father is having...with a fairy! Alice doesn't believe in fairies, or at least she didn't until she sees her father yelling at one for reasons she doesn't quit understand. But she eventually learns the truth about what she is and why she was sent to live with "Uncle Geryon"

Right off the bat you can see that Alice is a brave girl. Brave and smart and resourceful in many ways. She's kind and a bit naive and probably too smart for her good...but those are all things that I love about Alice. She's the type of protagonist that will have you rooting for her all the way and wishing you were by her side fighting with her, trudging through all her agony and happiness and curiosity. And until the sequel releases i'll just be here, waiting for the day that I can jump right back in with her and keep fighting on!

Lastly, I feel like I need to mention that I absolutely LOVED the artwork throughout the book and only wish that I was able to see more printed while reading (the U.S. ARC version did not have all the artwork). If you want to check out the artist, David Wyatt, you can stop by his website here or stop by the author, Django Wexler's website, to see some of the artwork in the book.

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