Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: October 6, 2020
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review!
What. A. Book. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was a masterpiece. An actual work of art. I have zero idea how I can explain to you how much I loved this book. I’ve tried several times to write this review but I keep stepping away from it. Apparently it’s really hard for me to put my feeling into words & sentences that will make sense. Who knew!
I finished Addie LaRue back in July and I swear, I have not stopped thinking about it since. VE. Schwab created such a stunning story and one that I definitely took my time reading. In no way, shape, or form did I want the book to end. I was SO deeply invested. It has been a while since I have fell completely head over heels in love with a book. So much so that I literally preordered three copies to have on my shelves. Don’t judge me too much. Addie LaRue is without a doubt the best book I have read all year!
I loved learning all about Addie and I related to her so much. The only thing she desired was to live her life the way she wanted. She didn’t want to be tied down to a life and family that she didn’t ask for. She wanted to travel. To see the world & experience all that it had to offer. So when she saw the opportunity to hopefully change things, she took it. I admire her so much for that.
Addie Has been alive for 300 years and has so many stories built up inside. She lived through countless historical events and getting to see her experience some of that was so interesting. It really brought out the nerd in me.
Since Addie has been alive for so long, she as met hundreds of people along the way. I enjoyed getting to know a handful of those people. It was amazing to see how Addie inspired certain aspects of their lives. It goes to show that you can meet somebody once but you could still make a long lasting impression or impact.
The curse that Addie is under is very unique and so heartbreaking. Addie isn’t able to leave any type of mark on the world. She can’t say her name, draw, write, paint or even take a photo. It gets worse though, no one remembers her. Addie could spend an entire day with someone but if they leave her for even a second, they will forgot who she is. She was truly meant to not belong to anyone. The curse is very harsh and lonely, but Addie is so strong, stubborn and very resilient.
When we meet Henry Strauss, I automatically knew that there was going to be something special about him. Then he remembered Addie and all I could think about was HOW!? Eventually you do find out how and why that is, but in the meantime you will fall stupidly in love with Henry & Addie’s relationship. They were able to give each other what the other one needed most. It was beautiful but also so painful at times.
Okay, let’s talk about the god (devil?) who gave Addie the curse. His name is Luc and ohhh do I have thoughts about him. He was charming and mysterious, but very toxic. I loved the way Schwab decided to write their relationship. It’s constantly changing into something more. There is a serious power imbalance and it plays a HUGE role. Addie tries her hardest to outsmart him and to gain a little bit of control, but Luc is always one step ahead. Their relationship is a train wreck.
I feel like there are several lessons to learn from this story. For me though, the biggest take away was that life my seem long and stormy, but it can go by in a blink of an eye. You have to live every moment to the fullest no matter what.
The ending was intense and I do not think it will work for everyone. For me though, I was on the edge of my seat and bitting my nails. I was not expecting what happened at all. It really wasn’t even an option in my head. So of course I did a little screaming at the book! **Editing Sadie here** For some reason I thought this was going to be a duology, but I was wrong. It is just a stand alone. Which I see now, but one could totally see the ending as a beginning for a second book. Either way, I still love Addie LaRue!
Overall, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was everything I could have hoped for plus MORE! I cant wait for everyone to experience Addie’s story. I’m going to go ahead and predict that this book will be on so many favorites lists come the end of the year. And you know what? It definitely deserves to be there!