ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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

Published by Tor Books on October 6, 2020

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical

Pages: 448 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: 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.

I will never truly be able to find the right words to encapsulate and explain the transformative power of V.E. Schwab’s writing and the brilliance of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue but nevertheless I am here to try. The scope of this novel is extraordinary as it spans over 300 years and delves deep into a long list of emotionally heavy topics.

The premise of girl makes a Faustian bargain drew me in but it was the atmospheric and lush storytelling that kept me turning the pages. V.E. Schwab excels at writing characters that will resonate and I think this is her finest work to date. Some readers might struggle with the early pacing or how the story ends but honestly it was perfection.

Addie is a dreamer with the crushing weight of forever now strapped to her back while many readers will connect with Henry’s lost and lonely persona. Luc, on the other hand, is powerful and controlling; a god that should never be prayed to after dark. Watching their stories wind and unwind was fascinating and left me reeling.

This is a book about leaving a mark on the world and being remembered. It’s about yearning for more; seeking and pursuing. An exploration of art and storytelling and the importance of creating and inspiring others. It’s also about mental health and I’m sure it will resonate with many because wow did it hit hard for me.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue will take you on a journey. An emotional and beautiful story spanning years and continents. It’s personal and will leave an indelible mark on your heart. While I recommend anything and everything V.E. Schwab writes, as a standalone this book seems like the perfect starting point for those new to her work.

Have you read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue? Are you a fan of Schwab’s writing?

Let me know in the comments below!

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