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Paying the Price for Time: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

17 Mar

Time is a thing humans have a complicated relationship with. Some don’t consider it while others feel its impact every second of every day. Most of us can agree that many of us are desperate for of it, to do everything we want to do before it’s too late. But what would you give up if you could have more? What price would you be willing to pay to have all the time in the world?

That is the question of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. The title’s main character, Addie, makes a Faustian deal with the devil for time, but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

The prose in this novel is an absolute delight to read and pulls you right into the story without bogging you down. The characters of Addie, Luc, and Henry are also engaging and ones that many will find relatable.

The part many may find to be the most divisive about this book is the pacing. After the bargain is made, everything moves more into a slice of life pace, with various points of tragedy and excitement sprinkled throughout. Much of this comes as a result of the switching of years between each chapter and its characters. Some may find this pace enjoyable and not detracting at all while others may find it slows the plot down and drags things along.

Through it all, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an excellent read and one that might just help someone to appreciate all the time they do have.

You can borrow it as an ebook or digital audiobook from eBCCLS or eLibraryNJ. It is available in print from Hoboken and other BCCLS Libraries.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Wishing for Fantasy with Endless Legends?: Wish Granted with The Last Wish

16 Dec

In a world of magic spells, mythical creatures and fantasy lands you would think nothing could go wrong, right? In the world of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher, nature was filled with life until the humans came and wiped out sacred elf lands and the homes of other races. Eventually they began to use magic to alter the chemistry of a human to enhance themselves in order to kill stronger creatures. The ritual extracts emotions from the person and gives them great power. The rest of the world does not see these people as humans anymore, but instead as “witchers.” Vagabonds who roam the lands seeking for work, give the Witcher money and the Witcher will slay your village monster. You are introduced to “Geralts of Rivia” the most famous witcher known for slaying the most impossible of creatures. If you love fantasy and adventure then this is the book for you.

I found this book interesting seeing that it feels more like a collection of short stories with the same main character than a single narrative, which to me gives a new twist and feel to the world. You get to meet many fascinating characters. Although the Witcher encounters some people, and some monsters, if Andrzej Sapkowski were to take away the description of their physical attributes you could not tell whether or not the Witcher is talking to a person or beast.

Though the Witcher walks the path in-between, in this world the ugly may be fair and the beautiful may be foul. All people and monsters alike fear and hate the witchers. This makes Geralts life more difficult, yet he seems to be different from the other witchers. Geralts has been shown to have some emotions which are unheard of in the world of the witcher. If you are interested in fantasy adventures with a great detailed world filled with mystery and endless legends then the Last Wish might just be your first wish. Available now at eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS as ebooks and digital audiobooks.

Written by:
Andre Lebron
Circulation Assistant

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