The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Mini review 3 of 5 stars Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary Positives: + A great concept. + Great author, even if this is not her best work IMO. Negatives: - Too long, plot really treads water. - Flat characters. I was fed up with both Addie (petulant, bland) and Henry (whiny, dull). - No earned character growth for either. - Predictable ending. - Style over substance. - So much wasted potential for a true epic!
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 Stars – Whiny juvenile characters and predictable to the end, this felt like a huge waste of potential for what could have been an epic. Disappointing and forgettable!

Format: Audio (BorrowBox)

Read: March 2023

I went into the cautiously because in more balance reviews I had read that it was not V.E. Schwab’s best. Having read it now it certainly doesn’t compare to Vicious or A Darker Shade of Magic. It was just fine, forgettable and a frustrating waste of potential for a true epic!

I listened to it on audiobook and at times I just could not believe how long was left of it when there had been so little story in so many pages! I got really bored about 10 hours in & could not believe it had 7 hours left to go!

It’s written nicely, although too lyrical for my taste – something enhanced by listening to it via audiobook. That got a little grating with many repeated phrases (a lot of things are “smooth as a river stone” & “silk and smoke”…for some reason everyone has curly hair). This may be exacerbated by boredom… I wanted to get to whatever the point was.

The story is fine but nothing ground-breaking, it is very predictable.. I guessed the ending as soon as we met Henry. There is a lot of what felt like treading water – at least one too many Addie inspires an artist story, and one too many Addie rebuffs Luke story.

Addie as a character is ok but she got a little irritating after a while (I’m not sure the narrator’s affected French accent helped with that!) as I don’t like it when writers constantly tell me how brilliant their characters are. The seven moles/stars on her face was a bit contrived & destined for fan art (that actually made me question if this was for YA or an adult audience).

Henry really annoyed me, and I didn’t feel like he actually learned any lessons. I felt like there, again, were just too many chapters focused on him & he’s so mopey. I think his entrance to the story was were my interest took a nose dive.

Overall it was all too trite & felt a bit juvenile …But maybe I’m too old & unromantic! I was just sick of all the characters by the end.

It has made me really want to reread A Darker Shade of Magic to see if that holds up for me!

This book also reminded me a lot of The Midnight Library, it has a similar concept & message. I preferred that one.

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