Book Review

Book Review: Sword and Pen (The Great Library #5) by Rachel Caine

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: Young adult fantasy + dystopian
Length: 368 pages
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Berkley Books
Expected Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

With the future of the Great Library in doubt, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone must decide if it’s worth saving in this thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The corrupt leadership of the Great Library has fallen. But with the Archivist plotting his return to power, and the Library under siege from outside empires and kingdoms, its future is uncertain. Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library . . . or see everything it stood for crumble.

Thank you to Berkley Books and Netgalley for the eARC. All opinions are my own!

SO SAD THIS SERIES IS OVER.

Oh, what a ride. I was giddy with joy that I received an ARC because I wanted to know how the fate of the library would at last, unfold.

This book started out with a bang. I immediately dove into the action as Jess was recovering from the ending of the last book (trying to keep large spoilers out) and trying to kill himself yet again at the beginning of this one. Does he ever stay away from danger? NOPE. I absolutely adore Jess and thought he was the perfect MC. Bold, brash, deceiving yet loyal, he was someone I begged to have a happy ending.

Speaking of those I was stoked to see get a happy ending (italicized because frankly, this book didn’t end with rainbows and unicorns, but it was still a good ending)…WOFLE & SANTI. Oh how I love these men. They are the sweetest, strongest couple and I can’t get enough of watching them interact. I was sad I didn’t see them together as much in this story, but the snippets I got, YES. LOVE. Love them, love them forever.

My four star rating is centered around the disjointed feeling I got while reading it. These main characters are spread out over the city and rarely interact until the end. This vast difference in location and plot lines made it feel like separate pieces rather than a whole story. I was stoked when everyone gathered towards the end to finish what they started. I love this group of friends and how much they love each other. I love that we got multiple POVs from so many different characters.

That ending was *just right*. Bitter sweet, but I wasn’t left reeling because I saw that this is where the story needed to go to really end. There was even an epilogue that put a few questions I had in mind at peace. I think everything was well covered and put together. I closed the book feeling satisfied that these characters were at a close in this story.

I love they whole creation of this series. The concept is unique to books I’ve had the chance to read and that was what initially drew me to them. I was captivated by this diverse group who came together to better their world. Knowledge is for everyone to have a chance to obtain.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult fantasy + dystopian
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: a kiss
  • Violence: poisonous gas, explosions with greek fire (a substance that burns anything it touches), ship wrecks, animal attacks (by robotic versions of dragons and sphinx), guns, knives, battle scenes, magic

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Book Review

Review: Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4) by Rachel Caine

Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Audience: Young adult, violence, a kiss or two, very little language
Length: 430 pages
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY: 

To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Timesbestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

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HOT DANG, THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK.

I’m so glad I’ve been continuing to read this series, this installment was the best one yet! I mean, heartbreaking and anger fueled, but really good.

I love Jess. He is such a great character. I can’t get enough of his sarcastic self. And all of his wielding and dealings keep me on my toes. His relationship with Morgan is still a toss-up in my mind. The amount of time they’ve spent together is real minuscule compared to the feelings they have for each other.

On the other hand, Wolfe and Santi have allllll my love. They are so precious. And getting Wolfe’s POV just added to it!! I love how fiercely loyal they are to each other and how that makes their relationship even stronger. I hope they at least come out at the end of the series actually having a chance for some quiet time and to be together.

 Also, also, KHALILA. A strong, diverse, genuinely kind woman This whole book is filled with diverse characters of all backgrounds. I feel like Caine did such a good job combining everyone together. There’s different religions, races, appearances, etc. It creates a truly universal book.

We got the chance to hear this from Jess, Morgan, Wolfe and Khalila (plus a few others in the last chapter). This increased the amount of action and the pacing. I thought it went a lot smoother than the other books because of this. The squad was broken up into different locations and this kept plot holes from being a mile wide.

My heart definitely shattered with the ending. I have no idea where this will take us in what [I think] is the last book. Can’t wait!

Overall audiences notes:
— Young adult sci-fi/dystopian
— Very little language
— Violence (guns, torture, physical, knives)
— Some declarations of love, and a handful of kisses