Mini Reviews: The Only Good Indians + The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue + None Shall Sleep

I’m going through my draft posts to see if any of them jumps out at me or inspires another post and suddenly I see several review drafts .. except I never wrote the reviews. I did however, put some thoughts together to post a review on Goodreads, so I decided to compile those together into this mini review post!

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

I have mixed feelings; I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but what I got wasn’t quite it.

This is definitely a dark book with horror elements .. but I think the I experienced the horror part as if I was standing far on the sidelines. Idk.

I really enjoyed his writing and most of his characters; I liked the representation and a look into a culture different to mine. I think maybe some of the visual writing wasn’t strong enough for me? Or maybe the horror genre just isn’t for me. Though I will say that I would definitely be on the edge of my seat if I were watching a movie version of this.

Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

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

I loved the premise of this but I don’t think it hit every mark for me.

Yes, I got completely sucked in and kept on reading. Schwab’s writing in this one will do that.

However, like many, Addie wasn’t always a likable character. And Henry felt just there. Idk. Luc was interesting, maybe because he’s supposed to be this mysterious (and cruel) god, and we never knew what he was thinking.

While I loved how thought provoking this book is when we think about memory and what aspects help make us who we are and how we’re remembered, it just wasn’t an amazing book for me.

I think it would have been at least a little better if we got more stories of Addie’s life through the years and see her grow a little faster/better. I did love the ending though.

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Even though when I look at the use of teenagers/ young adults to interview teenage killers logically and see how unrealistic it would be, it did not deter me from diving into this book.

And I’m so glad I did, because I loved this book!

I’ve always been interested in the profiling and seeing how that plays a huge part in this book was exciting. Marney did a great job with our main characters, the plot, the suspense, the action .. all of it. I was hooked from the start.

I also liked that one of our MC is a Final Girl and while that played a part in her character and parts of the story, it wasn’t the main act.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read these books, but I remember reading all three. I liked None Shall Sleep the best, with probably Addie LaRue next. I just think the horror aspects of The Only Good Indians just went over my head.

What were your thoughts on these books?

4 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Only Good Indians + The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue + None Shall Sleep

  1. I loved Addie Larue, but you’re right that Henry is just sort of…there. I wish he had had more of a personality, or something more interesting about him. BUT ULTIMATELY, I wanted more Luc, period.


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