The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg CoxThe Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians, #2) by Greg Cox
Published by Tor Books on April 25 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

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 was not familiar with the television show The Librarians before reading this book, although I don’t think it left me at a disadvantage, because I pretty quickly bought into the idea behind the series, as it reminded me of another television series I very much enjoyed called Warehouse 13, which was in a similar vein. While I thought this was an interesting idea, where The Mother Goose Chase went with it rubbed me the wrong way. I am not a big fan of the retold fairytale trend that is going on at the moment, but I’m willing to give anything a go once.

The book involves a small team of experts in the supernaturalish trying to recover the three parts of a mysterious spellbook, hidden by the heirs of Mother Goose. They are competing with dastardly enemies, and their deadly and unique minions. And if that was it, I would be right on board with that, but unfortunately the author had created a rod for their own back by setting up the gimmick of nursery rhymes as magic spells, which made some parts of the book much more complicated or contrived than needed.

While I enjoyed the characters and the interplay between them, and their interactions with the various villains who are littered throughout the story was playful and interesting, and they definitely kept me reading where I otherwise might have stopped for other reasons.

I found it difficult to decide where the book is pitched  – the ideas seem aimed at a YA audience, but some of the language and ideas are a bit more adult. I think the book will appeal to fans of the show, as well as people with more of an interest in the retold fairytale style of book.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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