The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books • Publication Date: October 6, 2020
This was definitely a bookstagram made me do it book because ordinarily I do not read fantasy. Maybe it was the genre, or maybe my expectations were too high, but while I liked certain parts of the book, I didn’t love it.
I do think it is very well written and at times, a beautiful story and the premise is intriguing. It did take me a while to get into the book, it really wasn’t until the introduction of Henry that the story picked up for me and I became more invested. When the story focused on Addie and Henry, that is to me when I thought it was at its best. I found the story to be a bit too long. Things started to feel repetitive after a while with Addie and Luc and sometimes the flashbacks I felt dragged the story down. I do think the ending was the best way to wrap up the book.
An issue I had with the book was a personal one, mentioning that Henry was Jewish, but then having things throughout contradict his religion. I felt like his religion was thrown in to say the book was made more diverse instead of spending the time doing research to portray Judaism correctly. It didn’t add anything to his character or storyline, there was no need to even mention it.