e-ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: 6 October 2020
Format: e-ARC from Netgalley
Synopsis (from 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 was so surprised that I was approved for this ARC! I absolutely love V.E. Schwab, and I know from Twitter that this book has been years in the making.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a clever and though-provoking take on what it means to make a deal with the devil. Addie is determined, thoughtful, and independent to the point of selling her soul in order to live forever, but to never be remembered.
300 years has been cruel, challenging, beautiful, and exciting for Addie, and the devil, Luc, visits her in hopes of finally getting her soul.
Honestly, I found Addie to be relatable, despite the fact that she is immortal and basically invisible to everyone except Luc and, later on, Henry. She makes mistakes – some big, some small. She learns to leave her mark on the world, even when no one remembers her. She manages to influence artists and scholars, who pass, but their works are preserved and celebrated for generations.
Schwab once again creates a bitter-sweet story that not only pulls at your heart, but also encourages you to reflect on what you might sell your soul for, for how long, and is it truly worth it if you become invisible to the world?
While I think Henry is going to be the fan favorite, I found myself more drawn to Addie’s chapters. I think I see a lot of myself in her – especially the parts of her that are reckless and fiercely independent. More than once, I caught myself wondering if I could live like Addie or if I would quickly succumb to the limitlessness of being immortal and losing touch with humanity.
Overall, I just wish there was more. Schwab has a way of pulling readers into her stories, but it’s so challenging to let yourself leave them. I wanted more Addie, Luc, and Henry. I immensely enjoyed reading about all three.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue made me feel things I didn’t think were possible.
Be careful who (or what) you pray to after dark, live every second, and Remember.
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