Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AL's Review - Chronicles: Library of Illumination by C.A.Pack

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 29, 2014

Within the walls of a centuries-old building lies the magical Library of Illumination, a place where books literally come to life. 17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever chosen to oversee the day-to-day operation of the library and she knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun.

Johanna is charming and brilliant—and a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever and intrepid. He relies on his wits to keep them out of danger when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. So it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats in a battle against an ancient foe. 

AL's Review

Chronicles: The Library of Illumination was truly a fun and easy read.  When I was first asked to review this book I thought it was going to be a young adult version of Magic Tree House.  Now don’t get me wrong, I really liked magic tree house.  However, I was very wrong in my assumption.  The Library of Illumination focuses more on the actual library that contains these  living manuscripts and those that manage the libraries.  One of the things that most impressed me was the many classical pieces of literature that kept popping up in this book.  I hope that as young people read this, they might become curious and want to read those classical pieces as well.  The main characters, Johanna and Jackson, are really enjoyable and I hope that in later books we get more details about their lives before the library. I also can’t wait to see how their relationship develops.  I really appreciate how the author kept this book “clean” for the most part. There were two scenes that had a sexual undertone but there was no foul language.  It is definitely a book that I could recommend to the young adult reader.  You will be so surprised at the twist that this book takes.  I wasn’t expecting it at all but, I don’t want to give it away.  Let’s just say that we know books open up the world (or worlds wink wink) to us and you will not be disappointed with what you discover.  My only complaint is that I felt some things were a little rushed in the book.  Especially at the end, but sometimes I feel that way simply because I do not want the story to end. The author leaves you wanting more at the end, and I cannot wait to read the next book.  
About the Author

C. A. PACK, author of Code Name: Evangeline, Evangeline’s Ghost, and the Library of Illumination novelettes, is an award-winning journalist and former television news anchor/writer from Long Island, New York. 


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