Alcatraz #1: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

Brandon Sanderson
The evil Librarians are coming!A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians. Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them! infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.


Reviewed: 2018-06-03
The book is fun and imaginative, but fell a little flat when it came to the plot.
Reviewed: 2017-12-07
Initial Impressions 1/15/17: 3.5 stars
I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan so even though I don't read a lot of middle grade, I was interested in trying this series from him for a few reasons! I do read SOME middle grade when it's fantasy. I'm up for trying anything that Sanderson writes. And I stepped out of my comfort zone to read Mistborn because I hadn't really read adult fantasy before that (just YA) so I'm always willing to step out of my comfort zone to try his other books.

This book, in a word, was cute. Most MG books that I have read fall into that category but ALCATRAZ had a lot of cutesy moments that weren't greater toward adults reading a middle grade book... and yet it also had some jokes for adults that younger readers likely wouldn't get either. The thing that did et on my nerves as an adult as the constant explanation of how a book is written. The narrator would but in and say something about cliffhangers or writing styles or authors and it was more distracting than cute. I guess it helps teach about certain aspects of writing but as an adult and avid reader, it was a bit too much for me.

There were some classic Sanderson moments and lines that really had me giddy! The ending was great and like every Sanderson book, I was ready for more, which I was actually surprised about! I enjoyed the book but I also wasn't super crazy about it. I do want to keep on reading and maybe binge a little because it was so quick and easy and I think it's only going to improve from here!
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