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The Library of the Unwritten

(Hell's Library #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  862 ratings  ·  300 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 Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfi
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Ace Books
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Julie I think this can easily be a standalone book! It doesn't end on a major cliffhanger, but it does leave the possibility for more books to follow.…moreI think this can easily be a standalone book! It doesn't end on a major cliffhanger, but it does leave the possibility for more books to follow. Personally, I prefer books that end like this--I hate waiting after a huge cliffhanger!(less)

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Chaima ✨ شيماء
[SCREAMS THROUGH AN OVERSIZED MEGAPHONE] ‘tis a good day to bring everyone’s 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 IT’S 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 didn’t need to do that! Who buys
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 th/>"In
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. It’s her job to do the mundane mostly; repairing books and organizing them, but every once in a while, a character gets loos
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Chaima ✨ شيماء
Shelves: lgbtqiap
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Sep 27, 2019 marked it as review-copies-to-read  ·  review of another edition

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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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 Librarian’s 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 it’s direction, which ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)

A library filled with books whose authors have not finished writing them is… one of the most creative premises I’ve ever seen. So here for this.
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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 aweso
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
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’d 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 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 those who write have been gifted with the ra/>Books/>“No
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 Unwr/>"There
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
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
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.
Literary Han Rodgman
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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, favorites
A librarian, a muse and a demon walk into Seattle, but it isn't till an angel shows up that everything goes to hell.

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 th
I’ve been so excited to read this book since the day I first heard about it and I’ve been waiting for its release since then. Multiple rejections for the ARC didn’t deter me and I think I’m glad to have read it on my own time without any deadlines looming. And it was such a fun adventurous read.

I have to say, I’m amazed at how ingenious this world is and how fascinating is the author’s imagination. A Library located in Hell which contains unwritten books (which are incomplete) is wonderful in i
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 tho
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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 was damaged. One
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.

Brief note before I link to my bookstagram:

I enjoyed the book. There’s just one thing that stuck in my craw, even days after reading it. And because most of my followers are romance readers, I wanted to mention it. I was hesitant over making a fuss over such a small deal, but whatever. That’s the entire point of GR: to write about things that worked and didn’t work for you.

The corners of Claire’s lips tugged into a mocking smile, but Leto was close enough to see the new tension tigh
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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 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 t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really really wanted to love this with all the rave reviews for it but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into this. For now I'm going to have to DNF this.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooksiown
Claire is the librarian of the unwritten wing of Hell's library. Running it with her muse friend Brevity and an Arcanist demon named Andras, everything goes fine. It is only when they go to retrieve an escaped hero of a book that has escaped the library that something sinister is coming their way. Can Claire and the others figure out what is going on before it is too late? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good fantasy horror read. The main villain of this book remi
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Ladies and gents and everyone in between.
I would like to bring your attention to this book, because, well, quite frankly......


That’s all, thank you for your time.
Carry on now.
Lisa Wolf
Sep 30, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 10%. Just not getting into it at all.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise was interesting - in Hell, there is a library filled with books whose authors have not finished writing them, and occasionally these books wake up and try to make a run for it back to earth to find their authors... ideas throughout were clever and this reminded me somewhat of Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett's books.

However, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and a lot of the dialogue was groan-inducing. Several of the characters did things which didn't make m
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m sad sad sad.

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 paci
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*Rating* 3.5


The Library of the Unwritten, by author A.J. Hackwith, is the first installment in the authors Hell's Library series. Every book that isn’t finished resides in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it’s up to the Librarian and her crew to protect it. Claire Hadley is the head librarian of the Unwritten Wing. She has been doing her job for three decades ever since her predecessor disappeared. It is a pl
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