Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

Release date: June 4th 2019. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division.

Elisabeth Scrivener is an orphan raised in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries. These libraries guard grimoires, books of sorcery. Elisabeth’s dream is to become a Warden, warrior types who protect the libraries and the innocent from grimoires that would harm people.

Elisabeth finds herself rejected from her home and must partner with a sorcerer named Nathaniel Thorn. Villains are uncovered, dark magic unveiled, and Elisabeth rises to the challenge of defending everything she holds dear.

This book was flat-out master-level story-telling. Margaret Rogerson is such an incredibly talented writer. I felt like I was on a true journey while reading this because the story took several unexpected turns. In my view, it evoked feelings of familiarity with The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and even The Spiderwick Chronicles (but no faeries).

Some of the books/grimoires were brought to life by the author with individual personalities, humor, and spookiness. My favorite character, though, hands down, was Silas. You are going to LOVE him! I won’t say any more because of spoilers, but this is a real gem!

Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for providing an eARC to read and review.


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