Lost Library by Kate Baray

October 18th, 2018 Kimberly Review 35 Comments

18th Oct
Lost Library by Kate Baray
Lost Library
by Kate Baray
Series: Lost Library #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Lizzie led a normal life...until the Book arrived.

Author Kate Baray begins her new paranormal romance series with Lost Library, a tale of werewolves, magic, adventure and romance.

John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie’s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him for a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of Lycan, magic, spelled books, and a power hungry mastermind. Caught up in one man’s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her own past and powers—but not before stumbling upon a library like no other. And romance with a serious but sexy Lycan? It might just happen…

Take a romp through the life of the quirky and well-meaning Lizzie as she discovers exactly what it means to live with magic.

magical howlinggood SUSPENSE mystery

Y’all know I am sucker for libraries, and if you make it magical, I am all over it. This is how I ended up grabbing Lost Library by Kate Baray. Lycan, spelled books, and a lost library pulled me into this tale that has us jetting around the world.

Caffeinated Aspects

  • Lizzie Smith receives an old book in the mail from an unknown sender. She can see words within the book but they move around and she cannot quite read them. A strange white wolf and a man name John Braxton, soon turn Lizzie’s world upside down as he unlocks an entire world she never knew existed and discovers she too is playing a role in it.
  • Lizzie is a record keeper, only her abilities appear broken. Despite that, as an unclaimed keeper her life is soon in danger as others seek to use or claim her.
  • The story that unfolds is filled with magic, supernatural creatures, a lost library and a secret organization. Before this first in series novel ends, Lizzie will be kidnapped, save her friend and unleash her magic. Good stuff.
  • We get a romance that had a nice slow-build, well maybe not for the wolf, but for John and Lizzie. I loved the awkwardness and commentary in Lizzie’s head.
  • Secondary characters added interest and perhaps the possibility of a second romance.
  • The story wrapped up the suspenseful aspect but left the door open for further development as Lizzie finds her place and harnesses her skills. I am eager to discover why her magic wasn’t working and who played a role in its concealment.

Decaffeinated Aspects

  • The writing style was a little heavy-handed with tell not show. Often conversations took place off-page and recapped by the protagonist. While this allowed the story to flow quickly, I prefer experiencing them firsthand.
  • While we learned about the world, I am hoping Baray expands on some threads and things that intrigued me in the next novel.

Lost Library was a quick, fun read. While not perfect, I am curious enough to move on to the next novel, Spirited Legacy. There are four books available. I grabbed this when it was free, it also has an audible upgrade available.

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35 Responses to “Lost Library by Kate Baray”

  1. Olivia Roach

    I am just like you! I love reading a book about books or with a library involved, and it sounds like this was a very good one! Maybe a bit of telling instead of showing, but hopefully that will improve by the second book. And I do like a nice slow burn romance happening too.

  2. Anne

    I have both this one and the second one in my Kindle freebies. Great review! I’ll have to get into them sometime soon. They have all the elements I enjoy. Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    It really sounds like a fun and exciting premise. Like you, though, I’m not a fan of the telling not showing type of writing or recapping convos after the fact. Still, I do like getting a good deal with an audio book and sometimes the narrator can enhance the story and make up for shortcomings. Wonderful review, Kimberly! 🙂

  4. Sophia Rose

    Glad your instinctive grab for the ‘magic library’ turned out a winner. This one’s new to me, but I would give it a go. I like when an internal monologue is amusing like that rather than tedious.

  5. sjhigbee

    Thank you for a great review – I think I’ll pass on this one as I far prefer books with more action and less telling… Even with a library as a feature!

    • Kimberly

      I am going to try one more book. I am hoping it was just the author’s attempt to world-build quickly. The series as a whole has good ratings on Amazon.



  7. kindlemom1

    It sounds like this series has potential to be a really good one and I do love the idea of a magical library. 😉

  8. Ailyn Koay

    hope it’s better than the library movies out there, would be nice if there’s more than just lupins and vampires