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

Posted January 20, 2021 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V. E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books on October 6, 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Target Age Group: Adult
Representation: Bisexual, LGBTQIAP+, Pansexual
Content Warnings: Drug Use, Sexual Content, Suicidal Thoughts, Toxic Relationship

Rating: ★★★★★

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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.

 

I’m not sure what I can say about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue that hasn’t already been said by so many other people.

Addie is a quiet book, playing on old themes we’ve seen before but pouring much love and emotion into them that it tugs at all your heartstrings and makes you fall in love with Addie and Henry that much more.  Schwab takes us through scenes from rural France in the early 17th century to 2014, and each snapshot is immersive and beautiful.  Addie is an easy book to get lost in because even though the chapters are short, there’s a magic to Schwab’s words that teleports you to New York on the fourth of July or Paris during the French Revolution.

Schwab explores themes of purpose, belonging, and love in these pages and delivers one of those endings that I absolutely detest but also leave me in awe of her writing style and planning.  Returning to Addie was a comfort at the endow a long day, and I love the choices she made to leave her mark on the world.  Many of Schwab’s books have a way of making you feel for the characters, and none of her books does that better than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

I don’t know what else to say, to be honest.  There’s not a lot of action, but the story is a slow unfolding of a life and experience, of passion and loss and regret and discovery and it’s so lovely to stand on the sidelines and experience Addie’s story alongside her.  It’s a good immersive story, slow and steady and lovely and enjoyable.  More than anything in this book, I felt Addie’s zest for life and everything around her, even after all this time.

If you’re looking for any easy read that will transport you to another world, make you fall in love with the characters, and with a more introspective plot… The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is exactly the book you’re looking for.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Stays on the Shelf

I never expected I would unhaul this book, particularly because I love V. E. Schwab’s writing style so much.  It’s a book I’d go back to for a comfort read, although the special edition version I got from OwlCrate is damaged so I have to re-glue the spine at some point.  For sure, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue will be staying on the shelf.

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Have you already read this book?  If so, did you feel it lived up to the hype?  I’m so happy for V. E. Schwab for the success of Addie, but I don’t think it’s that much better than her other books (which is to say – all her books are really good).  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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