Author: C.A. Pack
Publisher: Artiqua Press (June 30, 2015)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban
When an alien invasion threatens the existence of all the knowledge in the universe, eighteen-year-old Johanna Charette and seventeen-year-old Jackson Roth must rely on their wits, guts, and pluck to save the fantasy-come-to-life world of the Library of Illumination. It wouldn t be so bad if Johanna and Jackson weren't the ones responsible for breaching the portals to a dozen distant worlds. Now, outside forces are causing shock waves in the space-time continuum, and if that isn t awful enough, someone from another dimension is trying to steal a book of powerful spells created by a very famous wizard. At first, traveling to other realms in a time machine seems like a fun perk. However, discovering some inhabitants want to obliterate the teens doesn't leave them with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Instead, they find themselves forced to sacrifice their own welfare and the safety of their loved ones for the greater good.
This is the second book in the series, Chronicles. The first was, The Library of Illumination and though I had not read the first book, the second was started with a few chapters from the previous book, so it was easy to get caught up. The premise was interesting- a series of 12 libraries connected by portals through which you could pass from one realm to another. It had an interesting beginning, but then it lost me.
The chapters jumped from one character's POV to another and I found myself having to backtrack to keep up. I found it difficult to follow from one point to another and when more characters were brought in, I nearly gave up. I finished the book, but did not find it easier to follow as I got to know the characters better. The descriptions of the realms were well detailed and I could visualize where they were as the story built, but again, I found myself lost a few times due to the change in POV.
I enjoyed the main characters on their own and the different settings were interesting as well. I especially liked it in the beginning when Jackson was trying to figure out why there was a window inside, but not on the outside of the library and kept running back and forth looking for it. Jackson was the levelheaded one, but Johanna was the leader of the two and determined to do a good job for the library. She has her work cut out for her too when their lives are threatened.
This is a YA novel for those who enjoy the idea of new realms and alien kind of creatures who interact with the humans. It has a little bit of science fiction, a little bit of paranormal, and a little bit of fantasy all wrapped up into a very developed story.