Published by Kathy Dawson Books, Listening Library Genres: Middle Grade & Childrens
Length: 8 hours 41 minutes
Narrator: Cassandra Moriss
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
The Forbidden Library kicks off an action-packed fantasy series with classic appeal, a resourceful heroine, a host of magical creatures, and no shortage of narrow escapes--perfect for fans of Story Thieves, Coraline, Inkheart, and Harry Potter
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.
I could say The Forbidden Library was a delight but that might give you the wrong idea – That you were in for fluffy unicorns, rainbows and things like happy endings and that my friends is most certainly not what you are in for. But a wonderful read? Yes, you can count on that.
Unfortunate events and an uncles that isn’t
Young Alice is orphaned and sent to live with an uncle who she doesn’t believe she is related to at all. Strange things happen in his home and he has a huge library that she is forbidden to go into alone. He employs two servants, a young girl about Alice’s age who doesn’t do anything without orders and a mean man who smells of fire. When she encounters a talking cat in the library who leads her to a boy who shouldn’t be there she is in for a dangerous series of events.
So much to love
– Alice is a strong likeable character that doesn’t bend easily. I enjoyed how she was realistic about what she thinks she can accomplish and sticks to her beliefs of right and wrong. Even tho she loses her father and is put in a strange place she perseveres.
– Talking cats, you just can’t beat that! Wait it gets better the library is actually a labyrinth and is controlled by a cat.
– Have I mentioned yet there are fairies? No well there are and they are not nice. There are also nasty scary things with sharp needle teeth, and adorable birdy ball creatures that are very deadly. It was magnificent the way the creatures were portrayed, not as happy lovely things kids tend to think about when it comes to fantasy but the more realistic grim style fantasy creatures.
– Some of the books in the library are actually portals to other worlds! Or in some cases they are prisons for specific magical creatures…like a Dragon! What reader hasn’t imagined themselves swept off to the worlds inside of books!?
– And the best part…only special people called Readers can see the magic in the books! #wink
– Audio Narration: It was fabulous! The narrator Cassandra Morris was fantastic at making the various characters come to life as well as imparting that perfect sense of atmosphere for the mystery, danger and mischievous nature of the story.
The Forbidden Library was a wonderful fantasy mystery adventure. It starts off with a somber tone but leaves off with a bang.