Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab


DNF @ 10%

This was such a frustrating read. The writing was decent and I appreciated the author's attempts to write a selfish, quasi-morally gray heroine, because it's fun when women are allowed to be bad in fiction. But the overall execution left me wanting. This has a very YA feel to it and I know people get so pressed when people say that about adult fantasy books written by women, but this literally does feel like YA: it's accessible, it feels restrained, and it doesn't really explore the ideas it sets out to in a way that feels like it belongs in an adult world. It feels like it was toned down for teens. Which is fine but if that is the case I feel like this would have been better branded for a teen audience.

Hot villain is hot but this book was so long I didn't feel like skimming the pages looking for him. I've read other books by this author and admire her writing style but her characters kind of tend to be Mary Sues and always leave me wanting more than what I got, even though her premises and ideas are usually pretty inventive.

2 out of 5 stars

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