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Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V.E Schwab

Length: 541 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

Synopsis: France, 1714. A desperate woman makes a desperate deal in the dark – a bargain to live forever but be remembered by none. So begins the invisible life of Addie LaRue, shadow muse to artists throughout history, forgotten friend, confidante and lover, slipping away in the morning light. Addie passes through lives, desperate only to leave a trace of herself. Until the day she walks back into a small bookshop in Manhattan and meets Henry, who remembers her. After 300 years Addie’s life is restarting, but the devil never plays fair. As Henry and Addie’s lives start to intertwine, they must face the consequences of the decisions they’ve made and the prices to be paid.

Yes, I jumped on the hype train and preordered this book. And let me tell you I’m a very happy passenger (get it? Because I’m on the hype train!) because I absolutely love this book.

This is my first V.E.Schwab book (yes I know, it’s bad but the A Darker Shade of Magic series is on my tbr don’t worry) but I was surprised at how much I loved V.E Schwabs writing. It was absolutely beautiful. It was really comforting in a way, yet there were these really profound moments that I absolutely loved. It was beautiful I had to have a little cry. Pretty early on in the book. The whole book is written beautifully. It’s emotional, atmospheric and romantic.

It was such an immersive plot. It was the kind of book that I didn’t want to put down. In fact I didn’t put it down. It’s a dual plot timeline which is handled so beautifully by Schwab. I just absolutely loved how detailed it was. There were so many things in the plot that I wouldn’t have thought of (that’s why I’m not an author). There was also twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It really surprised me and it gave the story some real excitement. And then there was another twist, that I feel like some people might have seen coming, but I obviously didn’t. This is very vague I know, but I refuse to ruin these surprises for you. The second twist also broke my heart.

Let’s talk about the ending shall we? Yes it broke my heart. I’d seen some people say that the ending disappointed them a bit, but I absolutely loved it. It really made me cry. I was just sitting in bed crying at 8pm on Wednesday. I had to stop reading and just sit and take it all in. You know it’s a good book when this happens. It was just so emotional. So emotional. And I’ll tell you why it’s emotional.

It’s because you absolutely fall in love with Addie. You really do. You see her in Paris in the 1700s just as she’s made the deal with the God coming to terms with everyone, and you see in her in 2014 as she’s living in New York and is fully adept to her situation. She’s just so strong and vulnerable. She’s funny. Honestly, you’ll just love her. But Addie isn’t the only great character, there’s also Luc. Even though he’s the ‘bad guy’ he definitely adds something to the book. And of course there’s Henry. My Henry. I felt for him, I loved him. There’s a sadness and loneliness to him that I adored.

The romance is so beautiful. It really is. It just filled my heart with so much joy. It’s also what makes the ending even more heartbreaking (but it definitely finishes strong). I just wanted Addie and Henry to live happily together forever. Is that too much to ask? There’s also a kind of but not really love triangle. You really believe the connection Schwab has crafted between them all. It definitely didn’t make me mad. And it also made the ending so powerful. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.

Incase you couldn’t tell I loved this book. It’ll be in my top ten for the year. I can’t recommend it to you enough. Now If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to reread this book.

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review: ‘Crescent City, House of Blood and Earth’ by Sarah J Mass.

Title: Crescent City

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Length: 799 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Synopsis: Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of angels, shifter, human and Fae merge into a sea of beautiful bodies. And then a demon murdered her closest friends. Two years later, when the supposed killer is behind bars but the crimes start up again, the city’s leaders command Bryce to help investigate. They assign an enslaved fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, to make sure she does. But as Bryce fights to uncover the truth – and resist her attraction to the brooding angel who shadows her every step – she finds herself following a trail that leads deep into her own dark past.

This is one of the few books that I’ve read this year that I’ve actually bought (the rest have been arcs) but as soon as it showed up in my postbox I knew I had to start it right away.

Now I will say it took me a while to get into it. There was a lot of world building in this book, which I know is what we normally want, but this was extreme. I felt at times we would find out what Bryces next door neighbour had for dinner (of course I joke) It definitely needed the world building, but it definitely made it a little dense at times. I mean it was nearly 800 pages! That’s long.

However once I was into I got into the story a bit more, I really started to enjoy it. It was a good story, and it was full of twists and turns (I mean, it’s Sara J Mass, what did I expect?) and I didn’t see any of them coming. At one point it left the story on such a cliffhanger, you know the one I’m talking about, with Hunt. Yes THAT bit. It’s was literally all I could think about when I was at work.

It’s full of great characters. Bryce was a fantastic main character to follow. She had some real depth and Maas dealt with her grief beautifully. Of course, she was kick-arse. Did we really expect anything else? There was Danika and Connor who I definitely wanted to get to know more but were gone to soon. RIP. I liked Hunt, the trouble is we know the arc of his character. He starts of horrible but is actually kinda nice, so he was a bit predictable but towards the end I definitely liked him.

The romance. We all knew it was coming didn’t we? What I will say about it is that it was a slow burn. A good slow burn. Sarah J. Mass writes a damn good slow burn romance and I’m here for it. And i thought it was realistic, especially for enemies to lovers. They had fantastic chemistry. Can we talk about the sexual chemistry was out of this world. Some of those scenes toward the end! I’m looking forward to this being explored more.

I would recommend this. Of course I would, it was a fantastic urban fantasy and I’m looking forward to the next one. I’m excited for the characters to be explored more. The romance, the story and the world. I’ll definitely be preordering it.

It’s out now.

Until the next review

JTH