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Chronicles: The Library of Illumination

(The Library of Illumination #1-5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Within the walls of a centuries-old building lies the magical Library of Illumination where books literally come to life. What makes this library even more unusual are the two teenagers chosen to oversee its operation. Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth must use their wits to deal with the sometimes humorous, sometimes dangerous situations that arise when characters and sce ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Artiqua Press
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Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Chronicles: The Library of Illumination contains few short stories that revolves around a very special kind of library. I loved this idea, that some of the books can come to life and the characters from them can visit us. I liked especially the appearance of Dr. John Watson. How I wished it could happen to me! ;)
Although the characters are teenagers, they don't feel like one. Maybe Jackson sometimes but Johanna is a very mature for a girl her age.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r4r
I am reviewing this book as part of a R4R and the book was give to me by the author (Thanks!).

2 stars as in “it was okay”

What I Liked:

0. The cover is gorgeous

1. Structure
I like the fact that this book is made up of episodes of the different events the two main characters, Johanna and Jackson, encounter due to working at the magical library. To me, this is the only way this type of story should be told because you want to experience the different types of books that come to life (because not al
Kathryn Svendsen
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Chronicles: The Library of Illumination is a magical book where almost anything can happen. Every volume of every book and document ever written in the world is kept here. Each of these books, when opened will literally come to life. Do you want to meet King Arthur? Then open up King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and he’ll be standing there before you.

Chronicles reads like a number of short stories put together to form a longer book. This does not detract from it as a book in any way
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review (Never too Old for Y.A. Books).

At first this book reminded me a little of "Night at the Museum". Then, it changes and becomes much more interesting and twisted and complicated.
I actually liked the story, most of it, anyway. But Johanna, the main female character was a little annoying. I can't say I liked her. For a good part of the story I thought she behaved much more mature than her age. I didn't like it much. It was kind of annoying and
Dixie Conley
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for a review.

This is a most excellent book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading. It has a lot to appeal to those who don't, but anyone who does love books will treasure this book properly.

There's a library with all of the books ever written. And some of those books become real when you open them. This book is the adventures of the new curator and her assistant as they adjust to the library. Now that I'm done, I'm a little
Linda Todd
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Wow fabulous story this book let's your imagination go on a wild roller coaster ride with every page to turn. The Characters adventure in this inchanted library are wild and amazing all in one book. Wonderful story and my sincere thanks to the author for the pleasured privilege of reading this wonderful book and I do so hope to read more of the adventures with Johanna & Jackson. This roller coaster ride takes you to other worlds and you get to meet all sorts of creatures a long the way some ...more
I liked the overall premise of this story (actually a series of stories) which involved a magical library where some of the books when opened let loose the characters from the stories, both villains and heroes. The two main characters, who are the curator and her assistant, are teenagers, which is what places this in the young adult realm for me, as does the incipient romance between the two of them. The adventures were entertaining, but a bit disjointed, apparently since this was originally wri ...more
Scott Sammons
A fan fiction derivative of 'Ink Heart' juvenile presentation. Needs editor. 2 1/2 *

This is in no way the equal of Ink Heart. The copy editing is adequate but the structure of the story is weak. Even for juvenile audiences there are significant continuity issues and poorly plotted tension. The dialogue is not well matched to the characters, and the efforts towards romantic tension is particularly sophomoric. This could easily be a two star book, but it is an easy read that surely has an audience
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale about 17 year old Johanna, who is given the job of curator to a magical library where books literally come to life was entertaining, despite the improbability of anyone entrusting such a place to a teen. Most of the book is about her struggles to solve problems that she and her 16 year old assistant create, while the adults in their lives prove even more inept. The transitions between various plot lines are abrupt and choppy. Despite these, I found this YA tale a quick enjoyable read.
Paul Madsen
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Reading

As a lover of time travel stories this tale grabbed me from the beginning. Suspense, drama and teen romance all rolled into one complete package. With Mal as an ever all knowing fountain of knowledge helping two young curators out of trouble C.A. Pack has created a unique universe bring the reader a unique peak of an adventure waiting to be explored. This reminds me of the Clockwork series. I hope to see this on the big screen soon. 😛
Sherry McWilliams
This is one of those stories, I am not sure if I like it or not. Parts of the story was very interesting, but other parts not. The idea of the story was really promising, "a magic library with books coming alive when you open them". But that idea seemed to become lost in the progress of the story.
patty brown
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Library If Illumination is definitely illuminating!

This book is just right for young adult readers, or those looking for an evening’s light read.
The characters grab you and the action keeps you wondering what will happen next.
Enjoyable and fun!
Leonardo Dearie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting stuff

I had no clue what I was getting into! You will certainly have a great time with the storyline and characters.
Laurie Snow
It's not my normal type of book i read but it was not bad .
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

It kept you wondering what was gonna happen next.The really neat thing was the books coming life when you opened them.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In no way does this influence my review.

Okay, first of all, I wanted to say a couple of things.

First, I had a really hard time deciding between giving this book 2 stars or 3 stars. My review will explain why.

Second, the R4R post said that this book was 264 pages. Now, I don't know if this is because of my iPad and it actually is that many pages or maybe it was a mistake or what. I don't know. But I have a fairly large iPad
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that slowly engrosses the reader. The prologue is actually longer than most books I've read, but it gives you that introduction to the mystery of the library and why Johanna, a 17 year old girl is chosen to be the new curator. And as a reader, the premise of the library was fantastic. How many of us would not love to meet our favorite characters in real life?

Johanna is just 17 when she first learns of the existence of the library. Although she doesn't love her job, it
Anna N. I Start To Think...It Gets Hard To Breathe
Rating: 3.5

I won a copy of this book for an honest review. This will never effect how I like or rate a book.

Well this book certainly was a mixed bag. I have to say though that overall I enjoyed it.
The book is made up of five stories, including the prologue.
Prologue: The Curator
1st: Doubloons
2nd: The Orb
3rd: Casanova
4th: Portals
Most of the stories are relatively short up until the last one which is the longest. The book is only 315pgs long though so overall none of the stories are really that
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Johanna is a 17 year old orphan who works for book services. She had hoped that her job might be more involved with actually working on books, as in helping to restore them, instead she has to listen to people complain that their books were late or that they received the wrong ones. Instead, her job is to answer the phone and deal with the book orders and any problems that might arise. She dislikes her job, her boss, and her co-worker, but loves books. She uses her meager paycheck to pay for a ...more
Kelly Pinella
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna discovers a new kind of library where characters such as pirates can jump off the page. Can anyone be friends with Frankenstein or Mary Poppins? Can anyone conjure up H.G. Well's Time Machine? In this fantasy story, it might be possible. The summary caught my attention: a magical library where books come to life. In third person narrative as the story unfolds, the focus is on a mysterious library that holds all the books in the world, even Joanna's private diary that she shows to no one. ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an intriguing and utterly fascinating read. I think I was hooked from the first paragraph of the prologue (in fact I know I was since I marked that passage for my book quote journal - what can I say I am a sucker for people who love books). Johanna and Jackson are both such intriguing characters - both equal parts inexperienced youth while at the same time wise beyond their years. And the world of the library is absolutely amazing! It is everyone who loves books dream come true. How could y ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

50 word or less synopsis: Johanna becomes the curator of a magical library where books come alive. She and her assistant, Jackson, just protect the library at all costs from a thief, Casanova, a magical orb, and other eccentricities. While they protect the library they also find themselves falling in love.

This author is quite talented. Beautiful imagery, metaphors, syntax, and diction. Some of the words chosen to illustrate an i
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A library where an open book can come to life and illuminate your imagination, who wouldn't love that! Johanna is stuck in a dead-end job, the only good thing is that she gets to work with books. When she is asked to make a special delivery to the strange Library of Illumination, she sees way more than she bargains for. Since Johanna seems to be the only one to gain entrance to the Library, she gets more deliveries to the library and gets to know the curator, Mal. Mal trains Johanna to take care ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the very beginning of this book, I was instantly drawn in to this magical story. I felt like I could really connect with Joanna, due to her love of books. When the curator of the Library of Illumination, Mr.Trees, offers Joanna the chance to take his place in this magical place, it was something that she could just not pass up. With the new curator-in-training around, Jackson, you never know what adventure or problem might pop up next. The Library of Illumination is such an awesome place. E ...more
Zoë Ann
2.5 magical little stars

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I jumped at the chance to read this book. A book about books? Um, yes please! Magic books that ‘come to life’? Do you even have to ask?

Before I start I want to say that yes I gave this 2.5 stars but I don’t see this as meaning the book is bad like a lot of people may think. To me 2.5 means I just feel a bit split about the book.

I’m not entirely sure how to review this as this book was all of the stories fro
Denise Bartram
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***

The book cover for 'Chronicles: The Library of Illumination' is certainly designed to catch your eye and the colours actually work quite well together.

Although I do like prologues as they can be necessary to some stories, the prologue for 'Chronicles' was, in my opinion, very much like a chapter rather than a prologue. Don't get me wrong, it was needed to show info so that readers would know what was what. I jus
Denise Belt
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*To make it easier for future readers, The Library of Illumination is an ongoing series of novelettes, novellas, and novels. You can encompass these in two books instead of finding and reading each little novella. The Library of Illumination (chapters 1-15) is the start of the series. Chapters 16-25 are the same as Chapters 1-10 in the Second Chronicles which encompasses books 5-7.

The Library of Illumination is a very special library. It has books that come to life when opened! Imagine meeting t
Virginie (chouettblog)

I would like to thank Carol Pack for providing me with this novel via a Read4Review program and will provide an honest review in exchange.

I had to put my children's books hat on for this piece and really consider the audience the author was targeting.

I was a little unsure about the rating, but to me it is more than an "OK" book for children so it definitely deserves a 4 stars.

This is not your typical young adult book heavily focused on
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The start was promising and I liked the writing style and voice. The narrative style (heavy on the telling) put me off in the prologue, but improved in the first chapter.

I like the idea of a library where the books come alive, and I particularly liked how the characters within them interacted with the 'real world'. Being able to call up Sherlock Holmes whenever you needed him would be awesome (especially if there's a novelistion o
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read4reviews
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating 3 stars!
Very short summary:
17 year old Johanna enters a library where the pages literally come to life upon opening. LITERALLY... they come to life. She is paired with 16 year old Jackson, and their duty is to protect the library. They soon finding themselves growing into a relationship that neither of them were expecting.

Cons: Maybe it is just me but the beginning irritated me. It's like... Johanna is shown these magical books that c
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C. A. Pack is the author of the episodic YA fantasy seres, The Library of Illumination and can usually be found wandering around inside her imagination looking for fun things to write about. Some people may think that's a stupid place to hang out, but for her it's really quite pleasant.

She is currently at work on her seventh adventure in the episodic Library of Illumination series and on her fou

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The Library of Illumination (8 books)
  • The Library of Illumination (The Library of Illumination #1)
  • Doubloons (The Library of Illumination #2)
  • The Orb (The Library of Illumination #3)
  • Casanova (The Library of Illumination #4)
  • Portals (The Library of Illumination #5)
  • The Overseers (The Library of Illumination #6)
  • Third Chronicles of Illumination (Library of Illumination, #8)
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