Thursday, 9 February 2017

In Which There Are Sniffer Bears (The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman)

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"'I have spent most of my life preferring books to people,’ Irene said sharply. ‘Just because I like a few specific people doesn’t change anything.'" - Genevieve Cogman, The Burning Page

It's always a good sign when you're on book three and you're still head over heels in love with the series. The Burning Page was everything I've come to expect from The Invisible Library series. Dimension-hopping, book-rescuing, language-joking fun! This time with added dragon-riding!

(And that's as far as we can go into that without spoiling the first two.)

The events of The Masked City have definitely left their mark on the main cast. Vale is essentially out of commission for the majority of the book, and Kai's possessive nature, a key personality trait of his kind, has been amped up. Irene remains her relatable self (see the above quote), but she's still in the library's bad books. The plot's as fast-paced as ever, and the stakes are at their highest yet. Vale is dying, someone is trying to kill Irene, and the library is under siege. Irene and Kai head off to a high-order world's St. Petersburg on library orders. There are sniffer bears. Everything's better with sniffer bears.

(When I rule the world, I'm going to have sniffer polar bears.)

Why do you always have to go one better? Oh, and just for the record, you are never going to rule the world. Not on my watch.

I honestly have no idea where the romance is going. Irene and one male character (who will remain nameless) are teased near the beginning, before one of them puts the brakes on the entire thing. We've known since book one that Irene and Kai are mutually attracted to one another, but are ignoring it because Irene is a professional, thank you very much. You'd think it would be shaping up into a love triangle, but that dynamic just isn't there. 

My only problem with this book was finishing it. The fourth one isn't out until December.

I finished this book in December. *Hides head in hands* What's the longest you've waited before writing a review? And have you started reading this series yet?