Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians #2) by Greg Cox

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians, #2)
Title: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

Series: The Librarians #2

Previous book in this series: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

Author: Greg Cox

Publication date: April 2017

Published by: Tor Books

Source: ARC for review

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Synopsis:

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.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children's book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

My rating: ★★★★☆

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase starts off with a bit of Greek mythology—how cool is that?! Well, it’s cool for me because I just love mythology! We got a glance at the infamous Calydonian Boar which was initially defeated by the amazing Atalanta way back when. And now Eve and the new Librarians have to figure out how to put it down once more. I really enjoyed this! It was very action-y! There was also a bit more mythology later on in the book, which, again, I very much enjoyed. You know I’m a sucker for it ;)

As for the main story, I’m gonna be honest: It sounds kinda silly. I mean, nursery rhymes basically bringing the world to an end? What?! Lol. But is was serious stuff! Okay, not that serious. Which is what I love about this series! Yes, the world is in peril basically on a weekly basis, but this series is so much fun! And I really liked the Mother Goose aspect to this book—I thought it was very creative!

This time around, the Librarians split up to search for the three missing Mother Goose volumes. And when those volumes come together and become one book again... they are doomed!

So the Librarians, with the help of some descendants, must find these books before the evil Mother Goose herself (or someone pretending to be her) gets her hands on all three books and destroys the world.


I really liked following the three Librarians on their individual adventures, as well as seeing how Eve and Jenkins were getting along in the Library where Mother Goose left chaos in her wake. I gotta say, said chaos in the Library was a lot of fun! I mean, you got a unicorn/lion fight, and walking, hungry-for-gold treasure chest, and a loose goose laying golden eggs all over the place! It was amazing!

so funny

I mentioned in my review of the previous book, The Librarians and the Lost Lamp, how I felt like there were a couple of instances where the characters said something that they wouldn’t really, as per their characterization in the TV show. However, in this book, I feel like the characters were portrayed much more true to the TV show, which is great because I just love these characters!

There was one mystery in the book, who this Mother Goose really was, whether she was the real deal or an impostor, and let’s just say I wasn’t the biggest fan of the reveal. I did not see it coming, I’ll give it that, but it was kind of insane! I just don’t really know how I feel about it...

But overall, I really enjoyed this book! This story was a lot of fun, the adventure is great, I love the magic, the characters are amazing, and just... so much yes! I highly recommend this series! Even if you have not seen the TV show, I feel like you could enjoy these books as well!


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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