The Library of the Unwritten
Join the library and raise hell in the first book of a stunning new fantasy series, where books unfinished by their authors reside within the Unwritten Wing of the devil's own library, and restless characters will emerge from out of their pages...
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing...more
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 didn’t need to do that! Who buys 57 jeans a ...more
"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 ...more
"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
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 ...more
Claire has been the Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing for many years. It’s her job to do the mundane mostly; repairing books and organizing them, but every once in a while, a character gets loose, and she ...more
Stories want to change, and it is a librarians job to preserve them, that’s the natural order of things.
In hell there’s a special place for anyone and anything. Even unwritten books.
And when there’s a library, a librarian isn’t 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 ...more
“No story is insignificant.”
Books are one of the most magical of mankind’s 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 we’ve agreed on as an alphabet, is in my opinion one of our most human capacities. Every life is a story, and ...more
Claire Hadley is Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing (there is also ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
okay so here’s my real review: this might be one of my favourite books ive read all year. the premise - books that weren’t 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 ...more
This is wildly imaginative with an interesting cosmology (souls damn themselves, afterlives are whatever you ...more
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 doesn’t 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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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 ...more
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 ...more
The cosmologies, demons (I love a good demon), humans being able to decide where they end ...more
We primarily follow Claire, the current librarian of the Library of the Unwritten located in hell, yes that hell. The pesky unwritten books from time to time have characters materialize and try to escape, so a part of the librarian's job entails chasing them down and returning them to their books. On one such errand, a minor miscommunication leads an angel to believe the library ...more
This book has a bad ass librarian. A library of all of history’s unwritten books. A library in hell! There’s 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!
There’s absolutely no reason this shouldn’t be one of my favorite books of 2019.
But it’s sure not.
The story is dull. The pacing is slooooowww. I ...more