A story of a woman who makes a deal - but with an unimaginable price
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I’ve had a very mixed experience with V.E. Schwab’s books – sometimes I love them, but other times, it’s been a DNF. This is V.E.Schwab’s first adult fantasy novel and the premise really intrigued me so here I go!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Published September 6, 2020 by Titan Books
Data from Goodreads
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.
My Review: Absolutely Beautiful Story
While it took me ages to finish this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have nothing but praise for it!
The Writing Style:
The prose was absolutely gorgeous. It is haunting and lyrical; it brings about a gothic atmosphere that is perfect for this story. Every word was carefully chosen and made the story come alive.
The story is also very interesting: Addie makes a deal to escape from a life she doesn’t want – but it comes with a price. I really enjoyed how the story went back and forth in time; I was able to see the events that occurred after making the deal and see where Addie was in the current time. There were definitely slow moments, but it was countered by the beautiful detailing of the story.
The introduction of Henry’s character was done very well and I really felt that connection between Addie and Henry. Was I as interested in Henry as I was Addie? No. I think Henry’s character was just not as interesting to me, and his naivety shone through in contrast to Addie’s wisdom. However, it makes sense when Addie is 300 years old and Henry is just in his 20s.
I was also really intrigued by Luc’s character – I would have loved to see more of him in the story, because he also developed as the story progressed.
Overall, I’m just massively impressed by this novel. While it was long and slow at times, the beautiful writing and depth of the story really made it worthwhile for me!
Are you a V.E. Schwab fan?
Have you read Addie LaRue? What were your thoughts?
Have any recommendations for other books like this one?
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