Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: October 6, 2020
Format: Book of the Month
It’s no secret that this is a really hyped book for so many of us. I was denied all the ARC’s I tried to get my hands on but was so happy to purchase it though Book of the Month! This was recommended book and I had extremely high expectations going in. I am very happy to say, my expectations were met! From the minute I started reading this book I just knew. You get that feeling and you just hope that your instinct is 100% accurate. It was.
This is something really different for Schwab but I loved every minute of it. I didn’t read much about this because I try to go into hyped books blind. All I knew was that no one could remember her until one day that all changes. I had no idea what else to expect but I think it really made my reading experience all the better. I took my sweet time with this book and savored it all. It’s quite slower than what I’m used to from Schwab but I think it works really well. There’s a lot of subtle things that I think I would have missed if I rushed through this one. We get a lot of stories in this one and it takes time to see the plot unfold.
Oh, Oh. I loved how Schwab wrote the story of the devil and Addie. It’s one of those things that I felt coming but she did such an amazing job that it didn’t feel forced or predictable. I mean… he’s such a jerk but who is playing a game here? I loved this part of the story a lot and how you just never really know. The back and forth between these two really helped when you are feeling all of Addie’s despair.
Then we have Henry and how I loved Henry. His story really elevated this book for me. The way you learn about his past really makes you feel for him. When he and Addie meet, is when this plot really starts to get going and you don’t really know what to feel, but anxious. What would you do in a moment of weakness? What makes a person so desperate? You really get a feel for that with these characters. Schwab really wrote amazing characters. They shine in this book and they will not let you go. I’m still thinking about them over a week after finishing this book.
It has been so hard for me to gather my thoughts on this one. Why is it the books we absolutely adore are the hardest to write reviews for? I want to do it justice but my brain is still scrambled. Basically, I’m saying that you need to read this book and do it now! Don’t wait on it! The hype is very much deserved here. I was a fan of Schwab before this but now I might be in love. I cannot wait to pick up what she write next. What a fantastic book to end the year on!