by V. E. Schwab
Published by Tom Doherty Associates
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical, Fiction / Literary
Length: 17 hours 10 minutes
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In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.
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.
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I saw this book all over bookstagram last year and I deliberately avoided it, didn’t even read the blurb. So why did I pick it up this year? Because I attended Otherworld where Victoria was one of the authors and wanted to read up on her books. While Otherwold was a let down, I’m glad for it because I got to read this absolute gem.
Going to say this outright, the whole book is a trip! All the things that Addie goes through is just mind boggling especially since she keeps a good attitude towards life/people. While I didn’t exactly connect with Addie, I did with Henry and I believe that’s why I love this book so much.
Henry might not be hundreds of years old but in his own way, he goes through quite a lot to the point of wondering what’s the point of living. Henry’s struggles are very much something that everyone in the world struggle with. It’s at his most vulnerable time that Luc shows up and offers him a deal, which is what allowed him to connect with Addie.
Finding and being with each other, teaches them a lot. Henry is able to see for himself that he CAN be himself, he doesn’t have to pretend to be someone else to be accepted. Addie is finally able to leave marks on the world besides being the inspiration for many artists.
That ending had me in tears!! I mean there were other parts where I cried but that ending and how things end up working out was just so touching. Even now, days later after finishing it, just thinking about it makes me tear up.
I definitely came away with some life lessons from this book and I’m so sad that Victoria won’t be writing a sequel. This is definitely worth the read.