Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


Author: V.E. Schwab

Narrator: Julia Whalen

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Year: 2020


This was a definite bookstagram made me read it book. 

I probably wouldn’t have listened to this audiobook if the title hadn’t been all over bookstagram. It was hard to ignore. I was familiar with the author’s young adult work, but had never read any of her books. 

I don’t feel the need to do a whole big review of this book because so many others have posted great and informative reviews. Here’s what I loved:

*the characters- all the characters were well drawn and interesting. Addie is smart, strong, independent, and sympathetic. Luc is mysterious, tricky, and maybe more lonely than he realizes. Henry is sweet and vulnerable. 

*the settings- from the rural French countryside and Paris in the 1700s to present day NYC. The author paints the sights and sounds vividly. 

*the pacing- the story spans 300 years and it never bogged down. It touched on a few historical events such as the French Revolution. But Addie isn’t swept up in big historical events. She’s trying to leave her mark in a world the forgets her everyday. 

*the ending- it wasn’t what I expected and that made it perfect. 

*the narration- Julia Whalen does a superb job narrating the audiobook. She also narrated two of my other favorite books this year- Pretty Things and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 

This turned out to be one of my favorites this year and bookstagram made me read it. 

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