Review: Alcatraz vs. Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians is the first adventure in a fantasy series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. The fast-paced and funny series is now available in deluxe hardcover editions illustrated by Hayley Lazo.

On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.

Alcatraz Vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson. Book # 1 in the Alcatraz vs. Evil Librarians series. Published by Recorded Books, 2007. Audiobook narrated by Ramon De Ocampo. Total run time of 6 hours and 55 minutes.

This book was recommended to me by a friend… ok. Actually, she was just talking about it and mentioned there are scientist dinosaurs, and then I had to check that out too! 😀

This isn’t my typical type of book, but it just sounds fun! Evil librarians, weird inheritance, and like I already said- talking dinosaurs!! 😀

Not gonna lie, I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the story at first. :/ Just wasn’t grabbing me straight away for some reason? I switched over to the audiobook and things picked up right away! Maybe I just wasn’t in the right head space for the physical book reading at the moment? 😮

What an interesting story idea. I love the idea of sand creating glasses that have different powers. It took me a while to figure out the story – about what exactly the librarians are doing and what the real world is actually like…. but once I did, it was smooth sailing. 😀

Now, this book is a little bit more fantasy than I care for usually. Not that fantasy is bad, just not really my thing. So, while I had a good time visiting this world, it just wasn’t really my jam. HOWEVER, the over all mystery about the ancient race, the special sand and the fate of the parents and the way the world actually is, leaves me so curious that I might actually go ahead and read the rest of the series just to get some answers! 😀 I am very happy that I stuck with Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians and finished the book. I had a really good time. 🙂


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