book reviews

Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After LifeThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.


France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I am a huge fan of V.E. Schwab and this book was no exception. I loved every minute of it. Schwab is just a great writer and storyteller in general. Every book she writes just draws you in and tugs at your heart. She has such a beautiful writing style that makes her books impossible to put down (even when they are super long). 

As soon as I got the notice for the ARC, I could not wait to read it. At this point in time, I have read it twice and I’ve listened to the audio book once. I will say REREAD IT AGAIN!!! You will catch so much more the second time around! 

The ending was a complete surprise, but then again so was the story. So much time and emotion went into this amazingly dark collection of moments about a forgettable girl turned into an unforgettable story. 

Can I give this a 10 out of 5?!

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: Hush

“Hush has all the trappings of a great fantasy: a curse, a labyrinthine castle, many secrets, and powerful magic. At the center of it all, a girl unwilling to allow her world to be twisted by lies when she knows the truth. A truly gripping read.” – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?

Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.

When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.

Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.

From Dylan Farrow comes Hush, a powerful fantasy where one girl is determined to remake the world.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, I am a bit on the fence with how to rate this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed it on the other I felt like it could have been better executed. I loved the POV. I thought Shae was a strong choice. 

What I did really love is the magic system. I loved how intriguing it was. The premise for the book was also amazing. The romantic aspects of this book felt a bit awkward. You can tell the author is going for a love triangle in later books but it still felt a bit off to me. I think it will get better as the next book comes out. 

I really hate the instalove books, but I think with better execution this could be a great series. I will definitely read book two because I need to know what happens. Overall, this was an easy and enjoyable read with a great magic system and a good premise. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: Rabbits for Food

It’s New Year’s Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Bunny — an acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed writer — fully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses all modes of recommended treatment. Propelled by razor-sharp comic timing and rife with pinpoint insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and raw.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have struggled with severe depression for years, and Rabbits for Food is such a delightful and amusing approach to dealing with mental illness.  I found this book incredibly relatable.

I felt solidly connected to Bunny as I have felt the way she does multiple times in my life. That hollow feeling she describes is the most true, yet empty thing I have ever felt in my life and I really resonated with her feelings about it. 

Depression can manifest its ugly little self in so many different ways. I am similar to Bunny as I come at mine with humor. I make a “joke” of my depression.. Which doesn’t always make me feel better.. But it makes other people not recognize it as depression.  I really felt for Bunny. It makes it so hard for people to know something is wrong when you work so hard to hide it. 

The Author does such a wonderful job of describing everything. The way Binnie describes the embarrassment, the hollowness, and the deep seeded depression makes me feel that a lot of this book is written on truthful things that might have happened to her. 

The ending creeps up on you and comes out of nowhere. It’s like BAM here is how it all ends. I didn’t want to reach the end of it. I wanted to continue on Bunny’s journey with her. 

Thank you so much to Binnie Krishenbaum, NetGalley, and Serpent’s Tail Books for allowing me to review this title.


Image and Synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: The House of Night & Chain

In a bleak corner of the city of Valgaast, the House of Malveil awaits. A place of darkness, its halls throb with a sinister history. Its rooms are filled with malice. Its walls echo with pain. Now it stirs eagerly with the approach of an old heir. Colonel Maeson Strock of the Astra Militarum has returned home to his ancestral mansion. He is a man broken, both by the horrors of war and by personal loss, and has come home to take up the mantle of Planetary Governor. He hopes he can purge his home world of political corruption and reforge connections with his estranged children. He hopes he can rebuild his life.

Malveil will feast on these dreams. Strock believes he has seen the worst of the galaxy’s horrors.

Malveil will show him how wrong he is.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was just okay in my opinion. I felt like I had a hard time connecting to it even though I so desperately wanted to dive right in. 

David Annandale has a wonderful and unique writing style but I just really couldn’t get into this story. I felt like an outsider reading a story that was being read by someone else (if that makes any sense). 

The plot was very confusing, but I powered through it anyway and everything seemed to explain itself later on. I was by no means a bad book I enjoyed my time with it, it just wasn’t a story that really hit a home run for me. I can understand why other people really loved it thought.
Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.