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“..there is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark.”
This book hooked me. The cover and title was enough to draw me in, but after listening to the first chapter I was gripped.
Who doesn’t want to grow up in a library surrounded by books with feelings?!
There was a bit of mystery surrounding Elisabeth that I loved. The should be villain wasn’t the villain at all, and the charming hero type was… an arse! 😂 That’s putting it mildly.
It made me laugh out loud and ugly cry, A LOT! I’m pretty sure my heart was ripped out and crushed multiple times.. 🤔🤦🏻♀ I got attached to the characters really quickly so I felt their pain… so much pain.
It ended really well but I still want more. I’ll definitely reread this book a heap of times. I loved it. The world building was fantastic and the mains.. I’m going to talk about them for a moment.
Elisabeth is the kind of character I love reading about. She grew up respecting what her elders taught her, and she didn’t mind breaking a lot of rules. 😏 When everything she was raised to believe in was brought into question, despite wanting to stay true to her beliefs she went into the world with an open mind and an open heart. She wasn’t always strong, she wasn’t always right, and she owned her mistakes.
Nathaniel Thorn, where does one even begin? I loved him outright from the very beginning. He’s protective but not in an overbearing kind of a way, it was charming. He’s got a lot of qualities I adore, especially his wit and sarcasm. I could quite honestly gush about him all night. 🥰 I have to confess, his smile melted my heart every single time!
Silas… The soft spoken gentleman, with a twist. Ha. I can’t think of how else to describe him. I loved everything about him, especially his honesty.
Katrien is the kind of best friend that everyone should have!
Audio 4/5 ⭐
The audio was enjoyable. The whispers from the grimoires really wigged me out at times, especially at the beginning. 😅 Emily made each voice really distinctive. My only issue was the editing.. (I guess) At points it sounded like she went really close to the microphone, it would happen in the middle of a sentence for no reason at all. It really pulled my focus.
I can’t praise this book enough. I absolutely loved it.
I did not expect to love this, it was predictable in places but I enjoyed that. I loved how this book showed how powerful books are and how they have the power to help us, with not just the written words but also the physical atmosphere of being around them. This book made me feel really proud to be a reader and that we have the power to create change( after we have finished that last chapter, haha) I am going to leave this review with my favourite passage: “ for these were no ordinary books these libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque- but so was the outside world. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light.” This is now one of my all time favourite books!
This is a brilliant story. It had everything, happiness, sadness, intrigue and suspense. This is one of the best books I have read. I loved the characters, Elisabeth, Thorn and Silas. If you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, you will love this book. I hope that Margaret Rogerson will write a sequel to this book as at the end there is a suspense and it would be lovely to continue with Silas's story. I just could not put this book down and was so disappointed when it was finished. I have read hundreds of books and this is the first time I wanted the story to continue. I highly recommend this book and hope to read more of this author's work. Just loved it.
This was a really hard book to put down. It hit all the right spots!
I liked the chemistry between Nathaniel and Elisabeth and his pet names for her. I also loved Silas, the demon! So sweet!
I particularly enjoyed the life that Rogerson gave to the grimoires. Though they are downtrodden, locked away and abused for their magic, they came to life when they were shown a little attention, and were quite affectionate in some ways. Weirdly reminded me of a rescue animal - you know what I mean? I've been around many foster dogs (and rescued my own fur baby), and most of the time they turn into a completely different dog the instant they find a new family and know they're not abandoned anymore!
Anyone else get that feeling? Or was it just me being weird? 😂🙃
I started this book after seeing so many people recommend it. Without the push from others i might not have read it but now that i have... i am so happy😭 This book provides everything, magic, love and humorous main characters, each with their own things to be loved. I struggled between choosing 4 or 5 stars, i don’t usually like to give five stars to books but something about the twists and turns throughout, the softly written ending that made me feel like i’d just awoken from a dream and the relationships between elizabeth/nathaniel/silas made me want to read it all over straight away, or sit and wallow in my sadness and fondly remember the adventure i have just finished😭 Personally, i think this book is a must read and finally decided it deserved 5 stars.
Ugh, I'm so gutted by how little I enjoyed this book. Given the massive hype and the exciting premise I was so sure I'd love it, and I really tried to . . .
What I liked:
- The magic system and the whole concept of the grimoires; it was really creative and for bookish folk, a love letter to books. - Nathaniel's wit.
What I disliked:
- Pretty much everything else. - The villain's motives were unclear until the last chapter, where they were revealed to be massively underwhelming. - I read this in short bursts, but kept forgetting what the plot was actually about; the central conflict was so paper thin that I had to keep flicking back. - Protagonist was a card-carrying Mary Sue. I liked that she was industrious, but she was completely bland. - The pacing was really erratic - almost nothing happened until the last 100 pages. - The insta-love. It doesn't normally bother me, but this gave me whiplash.
I honestly believed I'd love this, but the plot and characters felt so underdeveloped that I can't even see why others would enjoy it so much. Her writing is lovely, but don't think I'd venture into another of her books.
I fell in love with a fictional demon.... again. I really love the world building in this book, so uniquely interesting... I wasn’t in it for the romance between Nathanial and Elisabeth, though that wasn’t particularly much anyway. It’s more plot focused and I had my heart set on Silas to notice much.... that damn ending... ugh... I loved this book so much!
Really lovely good story intelligent heroine just wish the love interest could have come up with more deductions and not always her figuring it out it makes him seem a little naive. Al in all a good read hard to put down might read it again and I just love the books etc let’s have more of her library adventures .....