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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

Not Your Typical Second Book: Gemina

18 Nov

Gemina breaks the usual conventions that are often found in second books. While almost all second books immediately pick up right after where the first book ended, Gemina introduces us to new characters and a whole new situation that takes place a little during and somewhat after the events of the first book, Illuminae. Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman’s second book of the Illuminae Files Trilogy takes place at Heimdall Station, the same space station the crew in Illuminae were heading for.

The tone in the second book is far different than the one we were given in Illuminae. While the first one had a strong tone of horror, this one gives us a the feel of an action flick with only traces of horror in the background. Despite the tonal shift, however, Kristoff and Kaufman still weave together a tale with new, compelling characters that manages to connect us to the plot and has the same unique formatting from the first book. 

The narrative team up of these authors is once again handled excellently and for those out there who are fans of audiobooks, the audiobook experience for this one does not disappoint and will suck you right in just as the first one did. Gemina is an excellent follow up and will have readers eager to pick up the third and final installment.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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