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The Forbidden Library Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Not so. The Library was SO dark and mysterious that even the reader never did find out very much about it, other than the fact that there were mysterious magical books, dark creepy corners, moving bookshelves, and a peculiar beastie watching over it all. I could never get a proper minds eye view of what it was like... it just felt dark, dank, and full of musty bookshelves which could occasionally meander.
Despite the YA tag I felt that this was more for the Middlegrade market, though there were some very intense moments (drowning of or otherwise murdering of mythical animals for magical gain for example).
Great new twist on magical individuals being able to enter books for varying purposes. I did find this particular aspect of the story very intriguing, and there seem to be more books coming so I look forward to finding out exactly what's going on with all of the truths and mysteries that were not uncovered in the first work.
Somewhat reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with the Young Girl (named Alice) following a talking furry animal into the unknown, accidentally stumbling into an alternate world, and coming across an unexpected adventure full of wonderous and dangerous creatures/individuals.Read more ›
Note: I received The Forbidden Library from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Published by Kathy Dawson Books on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 373 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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--an 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.Read more ›
The story itself is fantastic, and as an avid bibliophile it's hard for me to resist anything to do with libraries or reading about the wonderful books that take us to faraway places. The plot also had enough mystery to keep me constantly guessing; I could never be sure what everybody's motives were. I felt for the main character Alice and her predicament of being suddenly thrust into a strange environment where she couldn't trust anyone, though she was far from helpless and I'm sure she had no need for anyone's sympathy. Courageous and headstrong, Alice is a good role model for young readers, being a take-charge kind of girl who doesn't take obstacles or setbacks lying down.
In some ways, The Forbidden Library was more complex than I would have expected from a middle-grade novel. While it had its fair share of levity (Ashes the talking cat will be a joy to many, for example -- and not just to cat-lovers!), it also had its moments of darkness. Sometimes it's both light and dark at once, as evidenced by the "Swarmers", Alice's horde of bizarre bird-like creatures that have the physical appearance and consistency of a rubber ball with legs.Read more ›
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This review was originally posted at[...] book reviews by kids for kids by Percy age 9
This is the first book of the three book Forbidden Library series
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The Forbidden Library is the story of Alice, a girl who learns that she's capable of entering worlds created by magical books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PocketSable
Through the magical eyes of django we are treated to a whole new way to interact with books and the fantasy world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pylotreader
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Can't wait to see where this goes next. Great pacing and interesting magic system.Published 5 months ago by Tim VanAlstine
I don’t often read much mid-grade fiction, but Django Wexler really caught my attention with this book involving libraries, cats, and mystery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bibliotropic .net
A good young teen book. The storyline flowed smoothly with interesting characters and plot. Look forward to seeing what happens next.Published 8 months ago by Joseph
I really enjoyed this read. The book was slow to start and get interesting, but it paid off in the end. I also enjoyed the subtle inclusions of elements from Alice in Wonderland.Published 8 months ago by Josephine DiNovo