Primary Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Magical Realism
Published: 6 Oct 2020 by Tor Books
Page count: 448 (print length)
My Format: eBook via Overdrive/Libby
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
My rating: ★★★★☆
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 have always wanted to read a V. E. Schwab book, so when this book came out and it started getting a lot of buzz, I figured I might as well start with it. Here are my pros and cons for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
- Great title!
- Exceptional concept!
- This book features a clever, strong female lead! Addie was an amazing character.
- I learned the word “palimpsests”. I love learning new words from books!
- I found this book to be tragic, emotional, endearing, lonely, and hopeful all at once.
- I loved when Henry appeared in the story. I enjoyed the dynamic between him and Addie. I particularly liked how much Addie changed mentally and emotionally when she realized someone finally remembered her.
- I absolutely loved the ending. It was complete, but also ambiguous, and I thought it was brilliant.
- While reading, I found myself thinking about how we impact the lives of the people around us. Whether in small, inconsequential ways or grand, world-stage ways, we all impact those we encounter somehow. Oddly, that made me feel insignificant and powerful all at the same time.
- I found it to be quite slow throughout the first half of the book. I was interested in her backstory and her initial struggles in dealing with her situation, but I felt like the book emphasized it for too long. Which also means it got a bit repetitive. The first half of the book was lacking the emotional depth of the second half of the book.
- I figured out the truth about Henry way too early and it did slightly impact my overall enjoyment of the book.
- There was a tendency to venture into purple prose.
This is the ultimate “be careful what you wish for” story. I can’t even imagine living an invisible life like Addie’s. The logistics alone are unfathomable!
Even with my Cons, I would still recommend this book to anyone. A little patience at the beginning results in a rewarding story.
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