Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication Date: October 6 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
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
I was pleasantly surprised when my request for this book was accepted. I didn’t think that I had a chance in receiving an ARC of this book. I’m really glad that I did and I can’t wait for the book to come out so everyone can see how beautiful a book it is.
Addie LaRue is a character that while you might not fall in love with her, she definitely gets under your skin and you can’t stop thinking about her. Her story and the way Schwab made me feel about her was amazing. I just wanted the best for her. She was a character that even though the story was not something realistic, Addie felt like a character you could relate to. The way Addie interacts with the world is just eye opening and how I wished everyone looked at the world and society.
Henry is a sweet sweet man and oh how I love him. Everything from his name to his life to the way he treats Addie is a delight to read about. He isn’t the main focus of the story but he plays an important role. His arc throughout the book is really nice to read about and I love the way it ended.
Schwab’s writing in this book was so lyrical and beautiful. I felt myself get immersed in the story even though there was some back and forth with flashbacks and the present day. The whole thing felt seamless and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though normally I don’t tend to like books that have two timelines. I previously have had a hard time getting into Schwab’s writing but this time it was easy for me to fall in love with the writing.
The plot is kind of predictable but it’s in a good way. I could tell what was going to happen but I still kept on reading like I had no clue what was going on. I liked the story and found it sweet and enjoyable. It was a satisfying story that left me happy and pleased with how all the characters ended up. I liked that it was a standalone and really want to read more standalone books.
Schwab is a wonderful writer and this book has made me want to read more of her writing. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something sort of light but will also definitely tug at your heartstrings and make you a little weepy.