Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (The Librarians #1) by Greg Cox

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (The Librarians #1)
Title: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

Series: The Librarians #1

Author: Greg Cox

Publication date: October 2016

Published by: Tor Books

Source: Borrowed from library

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The Librarians is one of the biggest new hits on cable. Spinning off from a popular series of TV-movies, the TNT series begins its second season this Fall. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp is the first in a series of thrilling all-new adventures that will delight fans of the TV series and movies.

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Ten years ago, Flynn Carson was the only living Librarian. When the ancient criminal organization known as the Forty steals the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, Flynn is called in to investigate. Fearing that the Forty is after Aladdin's fabled Lamp, Flynn must race to find it before the Lamp's powerful and malevolent djinn is unleashed upon the world.

Today, a new team of inexperienced Librarians, along with Eve Baird, their tough-as-nails Guardian, is investigating an uncanny mystery in Las Vegas when the quest for the Lamp begins anew . . . and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

My rating: ★★★★☆

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp starts off with Flynn, The Librarian, going after the real Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde formula, which is totally insane, but totally cool at the same time! It's awesome!

Even though I really loved this and thought it was a lot of fun, there really was no point to starting off with this. You could’ve just gotten straight into the story. This just left me wanting the whole story, lol. Anyway, after this adventure, Flynn gets back to the library only to have another mission waiting for him—the search for Aladdin’s Lamp! Oh my gods! It’s real?! Seriously? Oh my gods!

So, this book is told in this dual timeline, I guess you could call it. The first is in Flynn’s POV which takes place about 10 years from the present time, when the Librarian first ran heard about the Lamp and his journey to find it. The second timeline is the present with our new Librarians and guardian now looking for the Lamp that has resurfaced. I’m gonna be honest, while I loved all the multiple POVs with each Librarian, Eve, and even Jenkins, I wasn’t crazy about the first timeline with Flynn. And it’s not because I didn’t like Flynn, I—adore him, but every time the book flashed back in time I just felt anxious, wanting to get back to the present ‘cause I just really wanted to be with the new Librarians and this second mystery related to the Lamp. I didn’t really care for Flynn’s particular adventure I guess, which pains me to say because I really do love him as a character. But I also do have to admit that I sometimes found myself getting over it and just enjoying Flynn’s adventure. I don’t know, I’m weird. My point is I much preferred the present adventure.

I guess I should mention that I absolutely love the TV show and have been watching it since it first aired! It’s just a lot of fun with all these amazing characters and interesting adventures, and finding out that there were book had me all kinds of excited!

And overall, I really enjoyed the read! I do have to mention that there were a handful of times where I thought to myself, “huh, that’s not really something this character would say...” I also felt like Flynn could’ve been just a bit more fun and silly, but I’m glad to report that, overall, the characterization of the Librarians and co. was pretty spot on!

As with the TV show, I loved the adventure, humor, and magic in this series. It so much fun! And I feel like you wouldn’t be lost if you have never seen the show before. They do a pretty darn good job at explaining this world.

And the whole Aladdin’s Lamp thing? So much yes! I really enjoyed the story! And the twist with the genie was insane! I am very excited to see what more this author has to offer in this wonderful world of The Librarians!

P.S. I also highly recommend the show if you have not seen it! It's so great!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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