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.
In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Author genre-defying tour de force.
Gosh this is so hard to review. I was initially worried that I wouldn’t get the hype for this book, but I shouldn’t have worried. This story is sheer freaking art, and easily my favourite book this year. Nothing will top how good this book was for me.
Following Addie as she travels around Europe, desperately trying to leave her mark on something, anything, experiencing art, people and war, while constantly shadowed by the creature she made the deal with, this is exactly the sort of book I would have written for myself.
I thought that Addie and Henry’s relationship would have been the focal point, but I found myself drawn to Luc, who she made the deal with. The 300 year old story of these enemies and lovers, bound together by the deal Addie made was so much more interesting to me than the boy in the bookshop, and it’s likely because Luc reminded me of Sarah’s Goblin King.
I’ve been avoiding books that are over 400 pages long lately, this book weighs in at 560 and took me days to read it, but I never felt like I was reading a book of that size. If anything, I left sad that I couldn’t read more and more, it so compulsively readable and I savoured every moment with Addie.
Next week I’ll be sharing all of my favourite quotes from this book. which desere a whole post of their own!
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