The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Also by this author: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Published by Tor
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Read in: March 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
My reading slump in March was awful. I owned both COYER book club book picks and had every intention of reading them both. I barely got in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab before book club.
There is so much to unpack here. It took me a really long time to actually start enjoying this book. The first quarter of it was just absolutely tragic. What I really enjoyed with this story was the history and the length of time covered. I did struggle with the story a bit because the thing that Adeline was outrunning would have been what I had wanted. Once I got past that I fell in love with the story.
I honestly don’t know how to feel about the characters in Addie LaRue. I ended up liking Addie and rooting for her. But that took time. I couldn’t believe how absolutely lonely her life would be. I think that’s why I don’t really have strong feelings on the characters. Luc was fascinating. Addie took what would have been an idea and made him human and easier to deal with. And then there’s Henry. I loved what Henry was to Addie and I loved him with Addie. I want to be clear though, I don’t think that Henry and Addie would have been good together long term.
The ending caught me. I was fine and then I was sobbing. It was absolutely beautiful and was such a great ending to a book I’m sure I’ll read again.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2021 GoodReads