Publisher: Tor Books + Macmillan Audio
Release Date: October 06, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Literary Fiction
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.
“…And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.”
How to describe The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Frankly, words can’t describe just how much I loved this book and how much I just did not want it to end. Each page broke my heart a little more, and from early on I could tell it was going to make me cry and that it definitely did. The book opens with the above sentence which is part of a paragraph, and I knew after reading those words it had me. The entire thing was a beautiful ride, and I would do it again and again, so this is clearly going to be a top read of the year for me.
The audio for this book is absolutely amazing, and it is voiced by Julia Whelan who is one of my favorite narrators, so I knew I would love the audio before I even started. I honestly can’t imagine reading this book and not having Julia in my ears reading it to me instead, that’s how much I loved it. It is also a bit of a tome and has a slower pace, so the audio helped tremendously with that. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue flips between past and present and is told almost exclusively from Addie’s point of view. I loved the sections of her past since they show how she got to be where she is in present time. It also helped me get to know her and her story, and even though I loved the present, I almost loved the past even more.
I swear the ending, although tear-filled, was the best thing I could have imagined, and I absolutely loved it. I think it leaves a great opening for a sequel if Schwab would be so inclined, and I really hope to read more in this world she created. The writing was beautiful and mesmerizing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better read right now. Highly recommend to all the magical realism and fantasy lovers out there!
Thank you to Libro.fm and the publisher for my advance listening copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.