The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab
Adult Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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.
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 #1 New York Times Bestselling Author genre-defying tour de force.
The hype around this book is REAL. I’ve honestly never seen the book community gather so fiercely around a book as much as they have for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Now although I loved the Shades of Magic trilogy, was the insane hype for Addie LaRue deserved? Let’s find out.
If you don’t already know, let me give you a quick recap of Addie LaRue’s thrilling premise. A girl in 1714 makes a deal with the devil – she asks for lifetime of nothing bounding her freedom, but he grants her the most cruellest of wishes – to be forgotten by everyone she meets. And so is the story of Addie LaRue, until 300 years later when she meets a boy in a bookstore and he remembers her name.
God, it felt even delicious writing that summary. The pitch for this book is absolutely excellent, kudos to VE Schwab for creating such a unique story. In all the books I have ever read, I don’t think I’ve ever read something with such an incredible concept before.
And there are many more kudos for VE Schwab where that came from, because let me simply say, the hype is well deserved. This book is exceptional. Its structure is perfect, its characters are fantastically crafted and fantastically flawed, the pace is effortless and the story itself is a tsunami of heartfelt emotion.
The characters are so excellent, and I love how easily Schwab shifted not only between Addie and Henry, but also through time, delivering us both of their pasts slowly but at a perfect pace. These characters are both so memorable, as well as the devil, or “the darkness” itself. And both openly queer, we have to stan!
Honestly this book broke me. It was such a beautiful story and I will never not be in awe of VE Schwab’s writing style. Her prose is so stunning and so full of meaning that often you just have to pause to appreciate the beauty of one of her sentences. A true talent to this world, and Addie LaRue is no different. If you haven’t already read this, I couldn’t encourage you enough. You will not regret it. (And bring lots of tissues for the ending.)