Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: Tor Books
I actually finished this book before New Years but with the holidays and traveling I didn’t have time to post it last week. I hope you enjoy this review as much as I enjoyed this book!
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This book is enchanting. Addie moves through history, a background characters that does her best to leave her mark on others: an idea, a muse, a melody. Through her eyes we see history from the ground in a sense. Through her eyes we see loss and the changes that time brings, no matter how much we might wish it to stop.
This book is told in stories of moments. Each moment shapes Addie, changes her and models her from rough girl she was to the formidable opponent she became to the god of the night and shadows. At first I was unsure of the meandering path of the tales, of the slow movement of time but that mode of story telling is needed for the reader to truly appreciate Addie’s actions.
I recommend this book to fans of fantasy, to fans of books of dark gods (I’m kind of thinking American Gods here but these books are quite different), and fans of the underdog. This is a stand alone novel, so no worries that you will get sucked into a new series. Happy reading.
Other V.E. Schwab Book Reviews:
- A Darker Shade of Magic
- A Gathering if Shadows
- A Conjuring of Light
- This Savage Song
- Our Dark Duet
- The Near Witch
Stay safe our there everyone and happy reading!