Library of the Dead, T.L. Huchu

There is an open concept library of sorts, with stairs on each side, leading to statues, and other buildings. The cover is green and dark, with a mustard yellow title.

Ropa is a gateway between the living and the dead. Because of that, she’s able to scrape by to take care of her Gram and her sister. Ropa is everything you want in a main character. She’s fierce, persistent, knows right and wrong, and will defend what she feels is right. The only issue I had with this was how dependent Ropa’s family was on her. It’s a lot of pressure for a young teen, especially in the world the author has created.

This is a quirky, imaginative, paranormal read that looms trouble in the coming books. I liked how the mystery unfolded because it keeps the reader engaged. Overall, it’s a well-written, enjoyable read.

The Library of the Dead is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:

A contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.

When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

When ghosts talk, she will listen…

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.

She’ll dice with death (not part of her life plan…), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She’ll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa’s gonna hunt them all down.

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