By V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.24
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy / Historical Fantasy / Romance
Format Read: Audiobook
Goodreads summary: 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.
I finally got around to reading a V.E. Schwab book!!! I know you all have been raving about her books for the past 5 years at least at this point, but I’m always behind the curve so you’ll have to forgive me.
I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It was so good. Everything that makes a book truly great, this book had. There was an element of mystery that had me on the edge of my seat but got cleared up in a timely fashion, there was romance that I could cheer for, main characters that were emotionally complicated, and a villain I could hate but also understand. Literally every aspect of this book was so good that I had to turn my audiobook up to 2.10x speed just to figure out what happened sooner. Edge of my seat the whole. way. through.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is about a girl named Addie who grew up in Paris in the 1800s and is now being forced to marry against her will. She doesn’t want to do it, so she prays to the gods to save her, and a god of darkness replies, granting her a life where she will not be remembered by anyone, but she’ll live forever. Anytime she leaves a room, they forget who she is. The book then alternates time periods between Addie first becoming cursed, and her in the present day with her curse and way of life all figured out.
Addie is a character who does bad things because she needs to survive, but we are always undeniably cheering for her success. We are inside her head so completely that we start to become Addie. She’s one of the few characters who lives vividly in my head even a week after I finished the book. There’s such subtle details about her that Schwab shares so elegantly, and these are the details that stick in our head and transform her into a real person.
In terms of plot, the book moves quickly, never hesitating on one scene for too long. It does wonders with sentences such as “in the future she would figure it out, but for today…” that fit with the tone of the book completely but do the work of filling in the years between early immortality and present day. I feel like I don’t want to give away a single thing that happens in this book, because each and every detail revealed was so surprising, and so talking about the book’s plot in too much detail would kind of ruin it. But anyways. Read this book!!!