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Lost Library

(Lost Library #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,507 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Lizzie led a normal life...until the Book arrived.

Author Kate Baray begins her new paranormal romance series with Lost Library, a tale of werewolves, magic, adventure and romance.

John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie’s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him for a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of Lycan, magic, spelled b
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Catherine G Cobb (first published April 14th 2014)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

See bookshelves for details. You are quite welcome.

P.S. Thank fish this was a freebie. Had it not been, I would have unleashed the murderous crustaceans on Amazon and demanded a refund. With 50% interest. At least.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this book. In fact, it seems tailored made to my fantasies: mystical book, mysterious library, hot werewolf love interest, and a main character that is spunky and loves her dogs. But I did not love this book...or even like it very much. I found the writer's style of storytelling to be awkward. The pacing is snail slow interspersed with rapid advancement, and the world building is a little stunted and too much info on minute details that did nothing to advance the story but ...more
☕ Kimberly
Caffeinated Aspects

Lizzie Smith receives an old book in the mail from an unknown sender. She can see words within the book but they move around and she cannot quite read them. A strange white wolf and a man name John Braxton, soon turn Lizzie’s world upside down as he unlocks an entire world she never knew existed and discovers she too is playing a role in it.

Lizzie is a record keeper, only her abilities appear broken. Despite that, as an unclaimed keeper her life is soon in danger as others
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, shifters
I can see from the majority of the reviews that I am in the minority. For me, the best part of this book was the blurb. I was looking forward to possibly starting a new urban fantasy series because I've been in a reading drought for quite a while now, but I can tell you that this definitely didn't do me any favors.
One day Lizzie finds a rare and mysterious old book in her mailbox. Only she can't read it. She figures out it has something magical about it but that's it. Fast forward YEARS LATER, y
Marta Cox
I was in the mood for something different and spotted this. I liked the idea of a book having special significance and the fact that Lizzie didn’t have a clue about it or magic really pulled me in. She felt quite lonely and isolated even though she does have a good friend so I wasn’t really sure how I felt about her keeping the clearly magical book secret for so long as I would have expected Lizzie to share the knowledge sooner. I think because of this I started to struggle to connect with her a ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - have the next 3 ready to go!
Maryam Dinzly
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i was given the ARC to review this book :)
As much as i love this book and all its paranormal romance, it confused me. but dont get me wrong though. i really do love this book. its just that all the talk about werewolves (oops, Lycan, i mean) and magic combined confused me. but its unique, you see? i rarely read about both werewolves and magic together. and this author actually blend those two together. and its not even those pow-wow magic with the kickass powers. its more of TRADITIONAL magic. y
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-away-books
This was a pretty good book all in all. I really enjoyed the storyline. My only complaint is that I think that the characters need more development. I didn't feel very connected to them, but with this being the first in a series maybe more is to come. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal paranormal romance of inspired imaginative vision and extraordinary originality!

Upon opening a world of wonders I plunged headlong into a fantastical creation of sheer individualistic style and exquisite supernatural ambience. Blending seamlessly together ‘classic’ (high/ epic type) fantasy within a thoroughly contemporary, modern backdrop this atypical novel is like nothing I have ever encountered before! Written in a warm, friendly and light-hearted style and sprinkled with touc
Lis Carey
There's a lot to like about this book.

Lizzie Smith and John Braxton are likable, interesting characters. The Lycan don't act out a stereotypical and scientifically disproven version of wolf dominance. The story is exciting, and keeps moving. The way magic works is interesting, and even the bad guys are somewhat interesting.


You knew there was a "but" coming, right?

When Lycan John Braxton starts hanging around Lizzie's home (for good and sufficient reason), naturally the local dogs go nuts ove
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was completely not what I expected and I enjoyed the surprise. At first glance this book gives the impression that we are going to be dealing heavily with the Werewolf/Lycan theme of the paranormal but no, no, Kate Baray takes you on a very magical journey that spans 2 years in the life of Lizzie Smith; a seemingly ordinary, bashful, normal 36yr old woman whose life takes an unimaginable turn.
Lizzie’s life changes when she receives an unexplained package from an unknown source and its
So, I Read This Book Today
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Publisher
There are a lot of things that catch my attention about different books. Interesting story lines, great character development and wonderful world building are all equally important to me. In the case of Lost Library: An Urban Fantasy Romance it is the heroine of the piece that truly tickled my fancy and kept me reading. This is not to say that the story line and world building aren’t superb. They are. But I could really identify with Lizzie. Maybe it is the fact that she is a lot like me. She wo ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, freebies
Giovana (laBOOK'S Blog)
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at Corazones Literarios

This book was recived in change of a honest review!

Lost Library was a wonderful read. I enjoy the characters, the plot, the mistery and the magic! Was awesome to have some time to read this. This book tells the story of Elizabeth Lizzie Smith, a normal and ordinary girl, who doesn't has anything unexpected or excited more that what she already is, si when a weird book arrive with the mail, she understand that she is not that ordinary anymo
Donna Burns
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
cute. I give it 3 1/2 stars. a cozy paranormal that was light and easy to read. what I didn't like was the author's need to explain basic info, especially in the beginning quarter of the book. with everything else she explained and described, there was no clarification needed and the fact that she did, made it a little insulting not too mention irritating. that being said, I would read a
more in this series.
Kind of fluffy

Pun intended. Interesting tale, plenty of sarcasm and joking. Cute ending. Definite cliffhanger.. . . . . . . .
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrible-books, dnf
Life is too short for reading this. Boring, formulaic, derivative. Not to mention the horrible Mary Sue! DNF at 25%.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, i-own
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie receives a mysterious book delivered to her door. Next thing she knows there is a mysterious hunk at her door asking about said book. Her life becomes in danger being kidnapped more than once because of this book.

I think Kate Baray did an excellent job writing this book. I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the characters. There was a hint of romance and lust. I cant wait to read the next book in the series!
Kat Lebo
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Lost Library Collection, Novels 1-3
Lost Library, Book 1
Spirited Legacy, Book 2
Defensive Magic, Book 3
By Kate Baray

Goodreads didn't offer me a choice of the single novel pictured above or the compilation 3-in-1 volume that contained the first three books in the series. So, I want to point out that this review covers all 3 of the novels contained in the 3-novel collection and that I read it as one book. If I had purchased the books separately, I would not have continued reading past the first book
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-post
This review originally appeared at

Lost Library is a charming introduction into the world of magic where we meet Lycan, shape shifters who become wolves (NOT WEREWOLVES!) and spell casters (and I suspect vampires, but it’s never confirmed). The Lycan, much like the dreaded “W” word live in packs, but within a more structured community than we’re used to reading about. Our hero, John, is the Alpha of the Texas pack, the largest in the U.S. He’s looking for our heroine Lizzi
My Secret Book Spot
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
“Lost Library (Lost Library #1)” by Kate Baray
5 out of 5 stars

Take a trip to the library and check out Kate Baray’s new Lost Library series. A fresh take on Lycan and the world of magic awaits you inside the pages. You won’t regret the purchase and you’ll have an awesome time on the adventure!

Lizzie is bored and a little bit boring as a result. Her low-key life is seriously lacking until a mysterious book arrives in her mail. Discovering the book’s unusual properties propels her on a two year jo
Book Junky Girls
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Lizzie has spent her whole life being average, 34 years of being just plain ordinary and it's all changed with just one piece of mail. For two years the mysterious book she recived has been nothing but a headache, changing words, different colored pens used and then there's the fact that she can't read anything because the words just float around. Everything changes though when suddenly hunky Jhon shows up on her door asking about the book no one else should know she had. And things get
Kylie Lacovich (The Reading Cow)
When I was approached by the author and asked if I would be willing to review her novel, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. The synopsis was intriguing and unique. And as it turns out, Lost Library was EXACTLY what I was looking for to read!

Lizzy Smith receives a hand addressed package in the mail. Inside is a leather bound book that is seemingly empty. Upon further inspection she notices that there is writing on it’s pages. And that the writing changes each time she opens the book.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2014
To be honest, when I saw "paranormal romance" I immediately though teen novel and so I was pleasantly surprised to find the characters to be my age. Adult relationships and points of view were refreshing and fun. There were a couple points when some of the inner dialogue was a bit irritating. Still, I found myself caught up in the world of magic that our main character is getting a crash course in. I liked all the main characters with all their different personality traits and found myself wishi ...more
This book was such fun to read. I liked Lizzie from the first and enjoyed being there with her as her safe little world is turned topsy-turvy after the arrival of a mysterious tome. I loved the delayed chemistry that ignites between her and the sexy John Braxton. Having her best friend Kenna supporting her through all the craziness just added icing on top of an already delicious cake.

Lizzie begins to unravel the complexities of the book, but in doing so places herself squarely in the sites of s
Tiffany Michele
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
The title and synopsis had me at hello. The first couple chapters were marvelous! But then it got stuck in a pile of poo. *sigh* I finished the book, with great disdain. Hoping that it would get better . . . But to no avail. When we finally reached the climax of the book; I was sorely disappointed. But, just my opinion. :P You may like/love this book, so give it a try. But in my case, I disliked it greatly. Let us just say, that if I needed to burn a book to keep warm, this would be in the pile. ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to confess, I read book two first and I'm glad that I was able to get book one- it helped. I love the character Lizzie. ADHD and magic, what a combo! The book was fun and flowed so smoothly. It can be a stand-a-lone, but I want to read them all. Finding out that your part of a magic community - and that there is a magic community, is an experience in itself. However finding out that your powerful and that it's hereditary, well that can create an awkward genealogy search. Saying yes to bei ...more
Lillian Cummings
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read

Lizzie received a book in the mail but there is something strange about it. One day a guy knocks on her door needing to speak to her about the book but there is something about John. When John tells his secret she believes him but things are about to change. Can she trust John to save her? Things are about to get danger and Lizzie finds out things about herself that shock her. A interesting read who knew Lycans were real and so sexy.
Glenda Beck
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story!

I loved Lost Library a great read for all ages! The characters are interesting and easy to get to know. Magic and Werewolves combined draw you in. I personally enjoyed that it wasn't full of blood and guts. I wil enjoy reading the sequels. Thank you Kate Baray! I will add you to my ever growing list of new authors to follow.
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Kate Baray writes paranormal and urban fantasy. She writes and lives in Austin, Texas with her pack of pointers and bloodhounds. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer, but telling stories is the big winner. When she’s not writing, she sweeps up hairy dust bunnies and watches British mysteries.
Kate also writes sweet romance (The Goode Witch Matchmaker)

Other books in the series

Lost Library (4 books)
  • Spirited Legacy (Lost Library, #2)
  • Defensive Magic (Lost Library, #3)
  • Witch's Diary (Lost Library, #4)