The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians #2)
by Greg Cox
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
I am a big fan of the tv series The Librarians, so when I was browsing netgalley one day and saw a book for the series I immediately hit request! This is a great book for fans of the tv series. As I already watched the first two seasons of the tv series I was easily able to visualize everything. There is a short recap and explanation of things and characters, but I think you might be a little lost if you start this without knowing anything from the series first.
I was impressed by how well the author brought these familiar characters alive in the book. The book had the same tone, style and feeling as the series. It was like watching an episode, but then in your head instead of on an a screen. It was a lot of fun to read and experience a Librarians adventure in a slightly different way. The author really handled the universe well and make it come alive and feel familiar for those who watched the series.
And it was such a good adventure as well. This book is centered around Mother Goose, As I am Dutch I didn’t know of most of the nursery rhymes used in this book sadly, but the ones that are applicable are all written out, so that helped a lot. It was fun to read. There are some good twists and I like how the librarians always use their smarts and knowledge to solve any troubles they run into. There are some interesting puzzles and mysteries for them to solve and they all seemed well thought out.
In this book we got multiple point of views, which worked well. The librarians split up and we switch to their different point of views and Colonel Baird her point of view as well. And we even get a chapter from Jenkins his point of view too, which was great. The three librarians all have their own unique personality, and I like how different they are, but they also work well together. In this book we get to see their personalities in action really well and each of their puzzle seems to be fit well for that librarian their specific talents.
To summarize: This was a very well written and enjoyable read. I really like the Librarians tv series and this book managed to capture the essence and same feel of the series, but then in book form. I am really impressed by how well it was written and how spot on the descriptions and character actions were. I could very vividly imagine how everything looked like due to having seen the series first. Those who haven’t seen the series first might be a bit lost when reading this as there’s only a small amount of recap. The story was an enjoyable one filled with puzzles, mysteries and some nice twists and turns in true Librarians style. It’s written in multiple point of views which really works. Reading this book left me with a happy feeling and eager to watch season 3 soon. And I hope I can get my hands on book 1 in this series eventually as well, as the author did a great job bringing the Librarians to book form.
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How neat! I remember watching Hallmark Movie The Librarians with a few more movies in the series. I didn’t realize there was a TV show now- and cool, a series of books. This is great that the books live up to your love for the show and how unique that the author picked Mother Goose rhymes as the artifact. I’ll have to hunt this one down. 🙂
My brother’s been bugging me to watch Warehouse 13 which I guess is slightly similar to the Librarians. I obviously have a lot of TV watching to catch up on.
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They have 3 movies first ad now 3 season of the tv series already. I didn’t realize they had two books as well until I saw this one. It really was neat how it fit the feel fo the show, but gave the reader another adventure to enjoy. I hope you can get your hands on this one!
I hadn’t heard of Warehouse 13, will have to look it up!
I tried to watch an episode of it on tv and it jut didn’t catch my attention at all.
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We watched the movies first and then moved on to the tv series. Too bad it didn’t catch your attention, but we can’t all like the same things.
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I haven’t watched the series but my dad is a huge fan of it. I will have to let him know about this book. I’m sure he’d be interested to read it. 🙂
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That’s neat your father enjoys this series. I didn’t know they had books of the Librarians until I saw this one on netgalley.
I’ve never seen the series, but I’m glad you enjoyed the book!
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The tv series is a lot of fun and I am glad I gave this book a try!
I’m so curious about this TV show – I just haven’t had the chance to really watch it. That’s great you enjoyed the novel adaptation though.
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I hope you give the tv show a try, I really enjoy it! And it was fun to read a book set in the same world now, it reads like another episode :).