Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review ~ The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Title: The Librarians & the Mother Goose Chase
Author: Greg Cox
Pages: 288
Reason for Reading: was up for a blog tour and I LOVE the show so thought I should give the book a whirl.


For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children's book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

Thoughts: This book had a lot more action then I expect from a TV show tie in book. I don't know what I was expecting, but I for sure got more then planned. I take that back honestly my experience with tie in books haven't always been the best. Either the author doesn't get the characters, sometimes the tone of voice is off, sometimes the action doesn't flow as well as the show, and well to be fair sometimes it just doesn't work. This book was the exception to the rule. I enjoyed this tie in a lot. It was written in 4 POVs (Eve Baird (guardian) Ezekiel Jones (librarian) Cassandra Cillian (librarian) and Jake Stone (librarian)). This worried me at first as I was scared that breaking up the team would get a little shaky as we expect them to be together per the show. However, the different POVs and breaking them up, for me anyway, almost enhanced the experience. They were each sent somewhere that either complimented their personalities or helped to grow them somewhat. 
There was some background given to the show, but not so much as to make you frustrated if you watch the show. It captured the essence of the show and the tone set by the actors without feeling over the top. If I had to complain about anything it would be how quickly I solved the mystery and who the "villain" was. However, that being said the same thing tends to happen in the show so again it flowed like the show and carried it throughout. I do feel like this book was easy to read and fun. You didn't have to put a lot of thought in nor be caught up with the show in order to enjoy this book!

Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

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Praise for The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

"Fans of the quirky TNT series The Librarians will not be disappointed by this novel, which captures the show's spirit of risk. VERDICT:  Daring, high-stakes action is in no short supply as Cox brings his best in this tie-in novel that will please lovers of the show and aficionados of fantasy adventure alike." --Library Journal


GREG COX is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He wrote the official movie novelizations of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, GODZILLA, MAN OF STEEL,THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER, DEATH DEFYING ACTS, and the first three UNDERWORLD films, as well the novelizations of four popular DC Comics miniseries, INFINITE CRISIS, 52, COUNTDOWN and FINAL CRISIS. In addition, he has written books and short stories based on such popular series as ALIAS, THE AVENGERS, BATMAN, BUFFY, C.S.I., FARSCAPE, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE 4400, THE GREEN HORNET, IRON MAN, LEVERAGE, THE LIBRARIANS, THE PHANTOM, PLANET OF THE APES, ROSWELL, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR, UNDERWORLD, WAREHOUSE 13, XENA, THE X-FILES, X-MEN and ZORRO.

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