The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
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.
Thank you to Tor Books for providing me with an ARC of this book! I received it in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
I’m just going to go ahead and say that this book is PRETTY. Not talking about the cover, but just the words are just PRETTY. You know how when you just love a book so much that you don’t have proper words? That’s how this review is going for me. I’ve always enjoyed V.E. Schwab’s works so while I wasn’t surprised by the fact thaat I loved this book, I was very much surprised by the story.
Honestly, I’m just a sucker for strongly character based stories like this. This just instantly enticed me with it’s beautiful prose. I mean like what did you expect from me? Everybody knew I was going to love this book already, right? Give me all the beautiful words. I’m here for every single one of them.
This took the “not like other girls trope” and just decided to go with it. I mean… you’re OBVIOUSLY not going to be like other girls if you accidentally on purpose make a deal with a devil and end up living forever, right? I, too, wish I was not like other girls (though I probably wouldn’t ever make a deal like this). Like imagine having centuries to learn how to speak different languages and READ. I WISH.
But I digress.
We come to the plot of the book. Once the scene is set, we alternate between the past and the present. I love timeline switches like this because seeing everything align as you get closer to the end is just *chef’s kiss*. I was almost halfway done with the book and I already couldn’t wait to just read the book again with a fuller understanding of everything being put into place.
We meet Henry, the mysterious boy who actually remembers Addie and… well… I don’t even know what to tell you. I knew I was going to be swindled somehow but I was here for every second of it. Just take my heart, why don’t you? Woo me, you devil.
I just need MORE of Addie because I can just see there being a little more to the story but we just DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. Obviously, the end of the story was beautifully heartbreaking in the best way. BUT it was left just open ended enough to satisfy me AND want me craving more all at once.
If you love making deals with devils, traveling through time, having your heart broken in many ways, incredibly sad stories with just the right amount of hope, wanting to be seen and loved and remembered, and a little sprinkle of chaos this is the book for you! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves beautiful prose, character based fantasies, a little bit of a historical element, and a story that will paint a picture in your mind and just live rent free there forever (and yes, obviously this is a reference to the book).