Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review of The Library of Illumination by C.A. Pack


10 Things Readers Might be Surprised to Know About Author C. A. Pack

I’m very excited about my new YA fantasy and I’d like to thank Let’s Get Booked for hosting me on my virtual blog tour. Chronicles: The Library of Illumination is about two teenagers who face adventure and danger every day, as they come of age in an enchanted library where the books come to life.

Even though writers do whatever they can to connect with readers, most people don’t usually know any more about an author than what’s printed in the short bio in the back of a book—if that much. And considering my bio is very short, there’s a lot readers don’t know. So I’ve put together a list of the ten most interesting things about me.

1. I used to teach people how to be television news reporters. I know, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

2. I’m qualified to teach aspiring reporters, because I used to be one myself, not to mention a television news anchor, and an assignment editor.

3. Even though I’m not much of a singer, I enjoy writing song parodies and have been known to perform them in public.

4. I own two parrots, Nigel and Colin, who are named after two characters in my first novel. They’re female parrots. I named them before their DNA was tested to determine their sex. I didn’t have the heart to rename them, since they responded so well to their names.

5. The first line of the first story I ever wrote was, “The sun rose in the east,” and it was written in a small notepad I carried around in the third grade.

6. Apple—not Android.

7. I once asked a cop in a subway station for directions, and didn’t realize (until someone pointed it out to me) that he was standing guard over a dead body.

8. I’ve been to more than 20 different countries and 42 of the 50 United States.

9. I like thunderstorms.

10. I’m already hard at work on the Second Chronicles of Illumination—which encompasses the next five novelettes in the series. The ebook for The Overseer will be released this summer, and Myrddin’s Memoir is coming out in the fall.


I’m glad I got to share this with you today. If you’ve got any questions, I’d love to hear from you at c.a.pack@libraryofillumination.com. Chronicles: The Library of Illumination is now available in hardcover and ebook formats.

One more thing... in honor of my book launch and virtual blog tour, please enter my raffle from April 22 through May 6, 2014 to win an Amazon, or Barnes & Noble gift card, or a Triquetra necklace—the symbol of the Library Of Illumination.


Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 29, 2014


Within the walls of a centuries-old building lies the magical Library of Illumination, a place where books literally come to life. 17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever chosen to oversee the day-to-day operation of the library and she knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun.


Johanna is charming and brilliant—and a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever and intrepid. He relies on his wits to keep them out of danger when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. So it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats in a battle against an ancient foe.

About the Author:


C. A. PACK, author of Code Name: Evangeline, Evangeline’s Ghost, and the Library of Illumination novelettes, is an award-winning journalist and former television news anchor/writer from Long Island, New York.

Website: www.chroniclesthelibraryofillumination.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libraryofillumination

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohannaCharette

Blog: www.carolpack.com/blog/index.php

Any Others: www.pinterest.com/carolpack/library-of-illumination/


REVIEW:  4.5 / 5
Where was this library when I was younger?  This book is a perfect mix of a magical place, action, adventure and romance with characters you will love.  It may be rated YA but it's an entertaining read for those of us that barely remember the young adult phase. I'm going to be watching for further stories from this author.  

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