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Book Review of Bastille vs the Evil Librarians (Book #6) by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson
I have been waiting for this book for so long! To say I was excited to read it is an understatement! Yes, I’m an adult, but the Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series is seriously one of my all-time favorite series. It’s so fun, witty, clever, unique, action-packed, hilarious, and just a great read! But Alcatraz left us hanging—for a long time! Book #5 ended with a HUGE cliff hanger, and I am so happy to say that Book #6 is finally here! Bastille vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson continues the crazy story with Bastille narrating. She had to, you know, because Alcatraz refused to do it!
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians, the thrilling conclusion to the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians saga.
As a Knight of Crystallia, I, Bastille, swore to protect the Smedry clan from the Evil Librarians. (And believe me, screwups like them constantly need protecting.) But when Alcatraz Smedry got strapped to an altar of outdated encyclopedias to be sacrificed to the dark gods, I arrived too late―and instead his father took his place.
Now Alcatraz is a blubbering mess, so it’s up to me lead the charge against his father’s killer: Biblioden, founder of the Evil Librarians―I was sure he died centuries ago!―who’s back to complete his goal of world domination. Now he’s going to use the dark powers he gained from that sacrifice against everyone not under Evil Librarian control. Being burned up from the inside is not how I plan to die, so I’d better figure out some way to stop him or we’re toast!
I know Alcatraz is wrong when he swears he’s no hero. But when a hero falls short, that’s the time for everyone else to step up and do what needs to be done.
My Book Review:
If you’ve read the rest of the series, you absolutely need to read this book! You NEED to know what happens! Bastille narrates the story, and it’s written by Janci Patterson, so it’s a little different than the first five books. Which is good, right? Bastille is not Alcatraz, so it’s good that the writing style and feel of the book are a little different.
Bastille vs the Evil Librarians has lots of action! Sharks (see the amazing cover art), a scary Gak, too many evil Librarians, some magical Lenses, a vey Dark Oculator, the Worldspire, broken gravity, a Talent or two, and…kittens (you know if you know!)! The action in this book doesn’t stop so hold on tight as you read! The action is well written and easy to read and understand. It’s fun and entertaining, for sure!
There are many of your favorite characters and then there’s Biblioden the Scrivener. He’s scary. And mean. He definitely makes a good bad guy! The characters are written well, especially Bastille (probably because she’s writing it). So…is Alcatraz a hero? Did Biblioden win? Oh, you’ll have to read the book to find out! I liked the ending. It was a good way to end it.
Bastille (Ms. Patterson??) does an ok job narrating the story. Do I like her style as much as I liked Alcatraz’s (Mr. Sanderson’s??)? Ummmmm…..no. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much. She tries, she really does, and it’s close, but not quite there. She tried to make it as witty and humorous, but it just doesn’t quite stand up to the quality of the first five books.
Even though I read the first five books as an adult, I was fully enthralled, and the writing was witty enough that it was good for an adult just as much as a middle-grader. This book just seems like it was written for a middle-grader, which it probably was! The pacing of the story is very quick, and the transitions virtually nonexistent. It’s a much simpler and shorter read than the other books were. I read it in one sitting in a couple of hours or less. Which is, once again, fine for a middle-grade read! It just didn’t match up to the first books or my expectations.
You still need to read it, though!!! This series is one of my all-time favorite series. It’s so fun, and I highly recommend it! Bastille vs the Evil Librarians adds a different perspective and provides a good ending to a great series. The cover art and the inside illustrations are amazing, as usual.
Content Rating: PG (There is quite a bit of fighting, and a prominent character dies, but there isn’t any profanity or intimacy.)
Age Recommendation: Middle-Grader (4th-6th) and up
My Rating: 3/5