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.
Johanna is 18 living on her own trying to get by when she get assigned to pick up books from The Library of Illumination over and over the world she discovers within it's walls will forever change her especially when she becomes it's curator. Now on the adventure of her life she must learn the ins and outs of running a library where the books literally come to life. With the help of 16 year old Jackson the two embark on many adventures together to learn everything there is about the enchanted library.
Johanna has endured hard times as a child but has come out on top and is determined to make it in her life. She is strong and smart able to she problems and solve them in ways others would not. But she's young and makes mistakes, here is where Jackson balances her out. Although young too he sees things a different way and helps her when she is stumped. The two together make for a great team and I enjoyed seeing their back and forth banter.
The story itself is very interesting and keeps you on your toes trying to figure out what will happen next and how things operate. Sometimes the details did become confusing but overall this is a very enjoyable story. I be keeping an eye out for more of their adventures.
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.