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The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

amusicalbookworm's review

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2.0

This hurts a bit! I wanted to love this but was bored to tears. I thought the magical elements were more a distraction rather than an enhancement, it had a very lukewarm romance, flat characters... such a great premise for a story, and yet it didn’t work in execution. Soooo sad about this one.

onceuponatime's review

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

I enjoyed the book, I thought it was nicely written. I enjoy it when books take their time.

SpoilerOkay so. What happens to China now that gods have left? Probably my most pressing question. Then, will Shao develop and reach enlightenment? Will he meet Sparrow in the heavens? How does Lian reconcille with being with the Star's Prince? Does she return to her studies? What happens once she does? Does she add more context for the story of the Willow Star and the Prince? Questions I'll never get answers to.

kansas_b's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75

emiann2023's review against another edition

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5.0

This book is a heartbreaking journey that reminds us all to treasure the good times. A book of magic and wonder and life. Truly a delightful read.

starchild1996's review

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3.0

It take place in China 1937 and it take place in Japanese war in the city of Nanking. I loved how the class was carrying the Library of Legends.

godessoftrees's review against another edition

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DNF page 7. The writing is so awkward and bland.

scuuggs's review

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3.0

3.5

laurenalexsc's review against another edition

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3.0

an adventure filled with young love, loss, war, and mythology. a quick read, a little more YA than I expected.

bonnygreen98's review

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adventurous emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

rochellehickey's review

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3.0

The Library of Legends basically consists of three stories: Minghua 123’s journey to bring the Library of Legends to safety during Japanese invasion, Lian’s journey from being with Minghua 123 to trying to save her friend and finding her mother, and the story of The Willow Star and the Prince.

Let’s start with The Willow Star and the Prince. It is a very sad story about love that once was and the eternal wait for it to come again. It’s a fairytale that over arches the entire book with no closure, but that’s ok because I think that’s what made it perfect.

Minghua 123’s journey inland to keep the original Library safe was a little bit of a let down. They talk about their struggles but you never really feel it. You feel the struggles of the people around them but Minghua themselves seem to have it easy despite knowing they didn’t. It’s entirely the first half of the book and it seems like a stroll with a few “mishaps” along the way rather than a perilous journey.

Once Lian leaves Minghua the story starts to pick up and you really see the other side of the devastation that has been brought upon China during WWII and that’s when the book finally starts to become “real”.

It’s a good book but I felt the hardships that were talked about were not the hardships that were portrayed. Also, with three strong stories playing off of each other, sometimes it felt like one storyline was winning over another as if they were in competition.

Thank you to William Morrow: An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers for an advanced readers copy for my honest and unbiased opinion.