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Friday, October 9, 2020

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

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

Thank you Tor Books for this AMAZING copy.

Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: October 6, 2020
448 Pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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:

What an epic journey I just had with Addie LaRue, Henry and Luc.  WHAT A JOURNEY! I love that this 448 page novel has a very short synopsis and to be honest.... at first I thought this may be one of those that lulls here and there but I am so happy to have proven myself wrong.  Now, we can talk about what an amazing writer this author is and how this book just proves once again that Schwab spins yet another outrageously good tale that you will fall in love with.  For me, it wasn't just about that, but more so the fact that humans are complex and we all want to feel loved and have our freedom... but at what price?  Always be careful what you wish for.

300 years of Addie LaRue.  I thoroughly enjoyed the jumps in time lines as we get to see her through these various journeys.  I felt for her so much and couldn't imagine what it would be like to consistently be forgotten... even though at times I've certainly wished I could be invisible in this oh so busy world.  She is one tough woman!  And then to finally be seen! FINALLY! And then story starts to really soar.  I fell in love with all the characters.  Even Luc.  How could you not?  My eyes got a bit misty towards the end and I closed the book fully satisfied but also wanting more.  Ahem, Schwab.... do we get to see the next dance? Or has the curtain fallen?

This story will definitely stick with me for a long time.  The main storyline is fantastic (as you can probably gleam from this review) but it's really the subtle nuances and the undercurrent of everything else that I truly found fascinating.  Like finding that backbeat of a track rather than just paying attention to the loudest one that everyone else is dancing to.  Really the perfect story I needed in my life at this moment.

And Addie LaRue, I promise I will always remember you.  While I'm obviously rating this 5 stars, I also give it 7 beautifully placed freckles. ❤


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