The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
Reviewed by Ginny!
What I drank prior: Malibu rum and cranberry juice. One of my friends turned me onto to them and now I can’t stop drinking them.
Spoiler-free Overview: ah this was back to what I wanted. Okay. So. Things are off their axis. Irene and Kai are being sent out on bitch missions because the Library is worried about an attack. Becaise Alberich has sent a message. (The crowd gasps). Even worse Vale is dealing with chaos poisoning (the vrowd gasps again). Irene and Kai are sent to retroeve a thing and it goes not so well. They run into Alberich and have to escape back to their home world. There is a betrayal! Gasp.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this is back to what I wanted. These stories dunction best when our three main characters are together. The sense of adventure and the world hopping perfectly mixed with the sense of urgency leant by the threat to the library. The lure to get Irene to the final ending was so obvious that I kept trying to come up with alternate plans to try to make something less obvious. That being said I so enjoyed this.
Characters: irene is back to her best. Knowing exactly wjat her skills and assests are in situations where there isnt quite enoigh time to plan. Vale is sick (in a very sherlock holmes manner) and isnt at his best. I did really enjoy how the various characters had very different ideas for very differemt reasons and were really good about talking about it. The conversations about how humanity is handled by the different forces was really interesting.
Plot: okay. So the plot was pretty pbvious at times. The big twist wasnt exactly super surprising but everything else was a blast. The book starts with a heist continues with a threat, found friendsx more travel a surprising enemy… basically a lot happens.
Writing Style: … good?
World Building: so good. More world were introduced. And then we were given more depth into Irenes main world. I loved the black market (and sidenote I would have read an entire book about the market). I loved the alternate St petersburg.
What to pair it with: uhm… you would think I would have thought about this… I thibk a full bodied red wine. A bold pinot noir. No explanation.