Goodreads // 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 SO much to NetGalley and Titan Books for the wonderful opportunity to read this amazing book early, for free in exchange for an honest review!
I don’t even know where to start with this review. This book is such a journey. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was one of my most anticipated releases for this year but I didn’t really have many expectations because if there’s one thing I know about this author is that she’s always unpredictable and brilliant, and this book, in that sense, did not disappoint.
Addie’s story is unique, unpredictable, so incredibly sad, nostalgic, and marvelous but it was quite an emotional ride for me. This is the type of story that is best savored slowly. I realized I could profoundly relate to Addie, Henry, and even Luc. They were so otherworldly and yet so real – and most of all such incredibly morally grey characters. I understand how they have become who they are, why they made those choices, but that does not mean those actions and consequences are inherently good, bad, or that I support them. I will not go into detail about any of the characters, though, it’s best to leave it as a surprise.
The prose was just beautiful. I can’t say this enough, V. E. Schwab is such an amazing writer and in terms of writing style alone, she might be my absolute favorite. This book is an experience. I wanted to quote every sentence I kid you not. (But it’s an arc so I don’t think I should/can? Will definitely buy a physical copy and highlight and annotate the hell out of it, mark my words.)
And the ending. I have mixed feelings about it. The last two parts of this book were my favorite moments, I’d give this 5 stars just for those chapters – and the actual ending is satisfying, you don’t finish this book wanting more (well, maybe a little). It’s probably the best we could hope for considering this story, but it’s a bit of a bittersweet ending and I wish it had ended on a slightly different note.
Overall, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an incredible book, a nostalgic, real, and unique read and I enjoyed it reading it slowly. In all honesty, it’s not my favorite book by this author (that’s Vicious), probably because of the tone but I’m very glad I read it!