"The Library at Mount Char" and Not Every Book's a Winner



I LOVE to read. 

Could you guess that?

Seriously though, it's my little hobby that I have all to myself. As much as I love being mama bear and wifey-those roles can sometimes drown out the little things that makes Dominique, Dominique. It wasn't until a few years into our marriage that Papa Bear decided I NEEDED to find a hobby-anything that was just for me. A mini vacay without actually leaving.

Well, I tried a lot of things and nothing really stuck. But through just the organic ebb and flow of life this book blog emerged.

Man, it has helped me so much. 

I've always been and avid reader, but once I became a mama I was reading only once every few months. Now? I'm already up to 28 books this year alone! And my kids are still alive and in clean clothes! So dang, I gotta be doing something right, right?

That being said, I'm extremely picky about the books I put my time and effort into. Life is too short to read books I can't commit too. It takes away from the books that I can.


That is the case with this book, "The Library at Mount Char", by Scott Hawkins. I jumped at the chance to review this because it seemed dark, eerie, and just weird. It also has GREAT reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Here's the synopsis:



A missing God.A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. 

After all, she was a normal American herself once. 

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. 

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. 

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. 

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. 

But Carolyn has accounted for this. 

And Carolyn has a plan. 

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.




Well, this was NOT my cup of tea. I felt that the characters were flat, and some generally pointless. I didn't like ANY of them. The story line took too many risks and was all over the place, with some unnecessary grossness and just plain weirdness.

I couldn't connect with any part of the book. I couldn't connect with the characters, plot, or even the mystery of, "WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?". I just couldn't. 

So, I DNF'd this badboy. I SOOOOO wanted to like this, but it's just not for me.

Have you read this? What did you think? Did the book end up as weird as I assumed it would?

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

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