I am still slowing working my way through my copious backlog of review, I swear I will get through them all at some point. Anyways, today I am bringing you my review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab and oh my days this book blew my little ankle socks off. I read this as part of a buddy read with some people over on instagram all the way at the start of January and I am so glad that I joined, and that my library had a copy on it’s app.
I guess without further ado, let us get straight into the review and eveyerhting that comes with it.
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.
summary is from goodreads
ESCAPE score: 57
I just want to start this off by acknowledging the criticism levelled at this book, which is that it is Eurocentric. The story is set in France and NYC and it seems as if Addie only travels through Europe and then to America so I can understand where this was coming from. However, I only saw this after reading the book and I didn’t think about it when I was reading the book. Perhaps that was me bing naive or just not picking up on the bias of the book or whatever. This will not affect my review, as it is an expression of how. felt about the characters, the plot and of course the wetting but I felt that it was necessary to address this before moving onwards and sharing my thoughts.
I thought that Addie was a a very interesting main character as she was obviously flawed but that didn’t stop her being likeable and me wanting to see where her journey took her and how she dealt with the ramifications of her deal with the devil. Speaking of Luc, he was a very intriguing character and I loved how his and Addie’s relationship shifted over the course of the book, of course my love for him may be affected by my innate love of dark haired, slightly evil characters (Loki, Bucky Barnes and Kylo Ren for example) but nevertheless he was such a great addition to the story and I loved how he would just sort of pop up over the course of the book. And Henry, just Henry. I cant talk about him as it gives away spoilers but my sweet boy deserved so much more!
The draw of this book was the characters more than the plot as that moved slowly and kept flipping back and forth between the past and the present and that originally confused me until I got the hang of how it was all working and then I really enjoyed it. I did love learning about Addie’s life through the centuries and reading everything she got up too and how she managed to lie her life. And the final third of the book was so painful, I didn’t cry but I did get some tears in my eyes and a physical pain in my chest it was that intense. The ending still makes me sad over a month after I read the book for the first time!
And of course, V.E.Schwab’s writing is stunningly beautiful. It was just so lyrical and some passages were just absolutely incredible so I had to note them down. I even used one as a quote at the end of January in my reading journal (which isn’t anything special by the way). I am just in awe of this woman’s skill and cannot wait to discover some more of her books now that I know I enjoy her writing.
You can buy the book here (the Blackwells link is affiliate)
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