The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
This is an alternative fiction that has a purpose for being alternative. I can back that kind of fiction. Irene works for the Library collecting specific writings from all the worlds and timelines. They are a coalition that exists outside of time and space yet inside all time and space.
The story was a lot of fun and had a decent pace. Some parts dragged a little but I have a feeling that will get ironed out as the series progresses. The characters didn't aggravate me, which is a huge plus from me since most do.
I think I enjoyed most the smattering of all my favorite genres into one excellent fiction stew. There is fantasy with dragons and sprites. There is a light touch of steampunk with automatons of crocodile proportion. There is sci-fi with travel to alternate universes.
As much as I enjoyed this novel, it is not even remotely close to the list of $11.99 (for a DIGITAL copy no less. Please refer back to every rant I have ever made about publishers overcharging for digital books.), let's just ignore the ridiculous $36.99 for hardcover. Wait for it to hit Amazon's 99 cent sale or see if your local library has it.