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The Library of the Unwritten

(Hell's Library #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,882 ratings  ·  925 reviews
In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.

Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Winga neutral space in Hell where all the stories
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Ace Books
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Julie Aside from the main character being pansexual, there are also casual mentions of characters not being straight, which I found really refreshing. Like…moreAside from the main character being pansexual, there are also casual mentions of characters not being straight, which I found really refreshing. Like one of the other people answering this question, I didn't know that the book would have LGBT themes and I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it DID have them and that they were done so well. A lot of LGBT characters can be written as stereotypes or their sexuality takes away from their character in some way, but this book does a great job of treating sexuality like it should be treated--just a normal part of a person.(less)

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chai ♡
[SCREAMS THROUGH AN OVERSIZED MEGAPHONE] tis a good day to bring everyones attention to this book about unfinished books that get sent to a library in Hell, and the librarians tasked with tracking them down when they manifest into restless characters who flee in search of their authors!

Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK IS SMOKING HOT BECAUSE ITS ABOUT LIBRARY FROM HELL! So giving my four hellish, hot-tish, racks of book-ish and damsel in distress-ish stars coming up with a cup of white tea (more sugar, more milk please)

Well, I thanked my lucky stars and I was about to write a long thank you letter to NetGalley to not reject me this time and send this book ( I possibly thought to barter my jean collection to have this book or sale my soul but thankfully I didnt need to do that! Who buys 57 jeans a
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Berkley Publishing Group
Shelves: from-publisher
This was such a unique spin on the old "librarians/libraries inside of books" trope, and I found myself quite taken with the characters. I do think this works well as a standalone novel, and it feels a stretch to push this into a series, but I'm open to seeing where this goes! Full review to come.


"In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it."
Lady Gaga probably after reading this book
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Great supernatural adventure & terrific cast of characters.

This book is very well written, and has everything I am coming to love in the fantasy genre. It has a wonderful adventure with twists and turns and unpredictable events. It has spectacular characters that are fully developed and none of them turn out to be what they first appear to be. It has an awesomely refreshing and original storyline with plenty of humor, suspense, mystery and stumbling blocks put in the way. There all sorts of
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: chai ♡
Shelves: lgbtqiap
my bb told me about the pan rep.

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Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I was very excited by the concept of the Library of the Unwritten and was eager to read it. We learn that in this library, an unwritten book can wake up, manifest as one of its character and escape from the book. It was the Librarians responsibility to track down the escapee and return him or her to its pages. The worst thing that can happen is for the character to make contact with the author and influence them and their writing, thereby potentially changing the book and its direction, which ...more

Many thanks to Ace Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Book: *is about vengeful characters who escape from unfinished books*
Me: *stares uneasily at my Google drive filled to the brim with unfinished novels*

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An original book about books! The Library of the Unwritten is the first in a new fantasy series. The premise? Books that are not finished by authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell. The job of the Librarian? Tracking down any of the characters who may emerge from the stories.

Claire has been the Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing for many years. Its her job to do the mundane mostly; repairing books and organizing them, but every once in a while, a character gets loose, and she
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
No story, written or unwritten, is static. Left abandoned too long and given the right stimulation, a book goes wrong in the head. It is a storys natural ambition to wake up and start telling itself to the world.
This, of course, is a buggered pain in the arse.

Claire Hadley is a librarian in the Unwritten Wing of Hells Library, where books that have never been written find their resting place. Claire and her assistant, an ex-muse Brevity, do their best to keep everything in order, but sometimes
Elise (TheBookishActress)

A library filled with books whose authors have not finished writing them is one of the most creative premises Ive ever seen. So here for this.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
We are the dreams that did not die with the dreamer.

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Stories want to change, and it is a librarians job to preserve them, thats the natural order of things.

In hell theres a special place for anyone and anything. Even unwritten books.
And when theres a library, a librarian isnt far.
Claire is the librarian since... a long, long time. Her work is nearly always the same.
Find escaped characters, bring them back into the book. Care for books, repair books etc etc etc.
But one day something
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Id like to thank NetGalley and the publisher (Ace) for providing me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
No story is insignificant.

Books are one of the most magical of mankinds creations. Our ability to tell ourselves stories, to reshape reality and craft worlds of our own using nothing more than ink and page and the random scribblings weve agreed on as an alphabet, is in my opinion one of our most human capacities. Every life is a story, and those
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I read the blurb, I knew straightaway I needed to read the book. One of my favourite books ever -Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov- has a famous line: Manuscripts don't burn. The premise of this first book in a new fantasy series echoed Bulgakov's words- somewhere, in a place not governed by earthly laws of logic or order, there exists a library of stories that might or might not find their way into existence..
Claire Hadley is Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing (there is also
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
whenever she read a book in a binge, cover to cover in a day with little break, she always found it stuck in her brain like a haze. the narrative voice struck with her, and for a bit after, it was always like a walking dream, living someone elses thoughts.

who knew this book was going to describe exactly how i was going to feel after finishing it.

where do I even begin with this review?

I truly did not expect for this to live up to its potential because everything about it seemed SO PERFECT for
Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
5/5 stunned stars.

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Came for hell's library, stayed for the pansexual rep.

Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
3/5 ⭐

"A lie. A dream. Good stories are both."

This book follows Claire, a regular woman in charge of a library. Except Claire is not so regular and neither is her library. In fact, she's the keeper of the Library of the Unwritten, the library located in Hell. If that does not draw you in, I don't know what will. However, one day, Claire has to go back to Earth to retrieve this book character who escaped from his story to meet his author who never got to actually finish his story and to try to
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"Only books died in Hell. Everyone else had to live with their choices." *

There is a library in Hell full of unfinished/unwritten stories.  Claire, a no-no-nonsense mortal, has been Head Librarian for a few decades now.  She repairs the books as needed and keeps an eye on the ones that grow restless.

"There were two parts to any unwritten book. Its words---the twisting, changing text on the page---and its story. Most of the time, the two parts were united in the books filling the Unwritten Wing's
✨ emma ✨
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the power that has, the intelligence that has, the clearance that has, the access that has, the influence that has, the international implications that has

okay so heres my real review: this might be one of my favourite books ive read all year. the premise - books that werent finished are stored in a library in hell, and the characters in them are alive and possess the ability to escape into the real world - already sounded great, but it was the characters and overall message (not to mention the
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

This is one where I'm not sure how this is gonna be a series. I mean, I can see a few threads but on a whole it escapes me.. *shrugs*

The whole set-up is creative... I loved the idea of the library and would have loved to see it in person.
Claire's names she had for Lucifer were amusing :). Andras was an interesting character. Ramiel was annoying at first but he grew on me. Uriel I wanted to
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Claire is the Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing, part of Hell's Library. While on a mission to the mortal world Claire and her friends, a muse and a demon, encounter an angel searching for the Devil's Bible. With the escaped soul of an unwritten book in tow, Claire goes on a quest through various realms in an attempt to find the book first and prevent a war between Heaven and Hell.

This is wildly imaginative with an interesting cosmology (souls damn themselves, afterlives are whatever you
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm really glad I didn't DNF this book. It was slow starting and took forever for me to get invested, but I feel like that was probably more a *me* issue than a *book* issue, so please take my average rating and review with a grain of salt.

What an original concept! It was quite a ride, and the idea behind it all - that there is a library in the afterlife where those books and other art
Maja Ingrid
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4,5 stars

This book was so much fun!

First of all, just the premise that there in Hell exist a library that contain all unwritten stories and those stories sometimes come alive, usually to seek out their author, sounds awesome.
And after reading it I can say it was awesome!

*discreetly pushes book towards every author that doesnt finish writing their own books*

The plot starts with good old chasing down a runaway character mission. Our merry gang of Claire, her assistant Brevity and demon Leto goes
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Im sad sad sad.

This book has a bad ass librarian. A library of all of historys unwritten books. A library in hell! Theres a character incarnate developing a personality independent of his story. An ex-muse turned assistant librarian. A fallen angel with divided loyalties. A missing demonic bible. A trip through several realms including Valhalla!

Theres absolutely no reason this shouldnt be one of my favorite books of 2019.

But its sure not.

The story is dull. The pacing is slooooowww. I always
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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I was really looking forward to The Library of the Unwritten because of the library aspect of the story. The thing I overlooked in the premise is where it talks about this library being in a neutral space in Hell. Think about that... "a neutral space" in... Hell?! Yeah it doesn't make sense!! And that is the main reason why I wish I'd DNFed it!!

I actually quite liked head librarian Claire. I loved reading the part where she fixed a book that
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
First off, a huge thank you to Berkley Publishing Group - Ace - for the electonic ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!

Claire the undead librarian has a muse assistant, a demon, and a book's Hero that end up on an adventure together to retrieve this lost manuscript that is apparently the devil's bible. It's a great idea, although the book felt wordy and long in places which might have to do with the fact that per the author's note, this originally started out as a short
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at something early percent

Just not feeling it, and it feels too much like a couple other books about magical libraries that I've read, with a heroine who keeps on talking about her damn magical skirts. I. Don't. Care. So your skirt has lots of pockets. Good for you. Mention it once. After that it's overkill.

Also, having blue skin and mint-colored hair is a physical description, not a personality.

Maybe I'll pick it up later when I'm in a better mood, but I doubt it.

I received this ARC from
Literary Han
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than the second.

This book had a fantastic concept but I found some important parts of plot and world building lacking.

It is well worth the read, however!

Hannah xoxo
Amy Imogene Reads
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I cannot WAIT to read this.

Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
The Nerd Daily
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sarah C

Mixing some beautiful prose with a sprinkle of banter, The Library of the Unwritten sees the fierce and formidable librarian from Hell on a mission to retrieve a book, whilst being pursued by Angels. Along for the ride are a blue-haired muse, a couple of demons (one with amnesia), and a walking, talking character straight out of the pages of his own book.

There were two parts to any unwritten book. Its wordsthe twisting, changing text on
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