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Review – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Book Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Book Description: “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.”

Book Author: V.E. Schwab

Book Format: Hardcover

Publisher - Orgnization: Tor Books

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Date published: October 6, 2020

Number Of Pages: 448

  • Writing - 10/10
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  • Development - 10/10
    10/10
  • Overall - 10/10
    10/10

Summary

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the tale of a woman traversing through time. She cannot die, but neither can she change the world. She is Addie LaRue, and she will see everything.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: Love, Determination, and Time

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the latest novel to come out of that wonderful mind of V.E. Schwab. Schwab is already famous for her Shades of Magic series, and fans have been talking about her latest novel nonstop. It doesn’t hurt that Schwab herself revealed that this was a novel years in the making. As is the story of Addie, for that matter.

V.E. Schwab - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueOnce upon a time, she was a young woman in France. Then she made a deal with the devil, all for the chance to be free. That was nearly three hundred years ago, and Addie has found her way through life, finding the cracks in the rules that bind her to this world.

This is a breathtaking and compelling read, perfect for fans looking for a novel that will make them stop and think. It is a novel unlike any others that I’ve seen, and I personally cannot recommend it enough. Now, on to the actual review.

Writing

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one of those novels that will blindside you. It is emotionally powerful and intense, and for all of the right reasons. Addie’s story is both beautiful and harrowing. It portrays a character full of determination, grit, and pure wonder for the world she was born into.

That isn’t to say that this tale is full of happy moments. There is darkness with the light—something that Schwab has always known how to balance. There are trials in Addie’s long life—of course, there are. The deal she made is the largest one, of course. Yet it’s fascinating, watching her find ways around the rules, little loopholes that let her breathe just a bit more freely. It’s liberating and beautiful, reveling in the smaller moments, the finer details.

On that note—the details! Oh, this is a lush book, through and through. Each little moment, every tiny mention, felt full of significance. It’s so easy to read into every little mention, to get caught up in the art of the story. It has been a long time since a novel caught me up like this.

Development

The pacing in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a unique creature, much like the novel itself. It wraps and it winds, slowly unfolding the past three hundred years, all while setting the scene for Addie’s present.

It is not a novel that ever feels slow; instead, it seems to be reveling in the details, and in the little moments. Each chapter alternates, switching back and forth from Addie’s past, to her present. That alone sets the pace, as well as the tone, for the entire novel.

There are times where the story really does feel daunting, heavy, and unafraid to show the darker sides of life. Then there are times where Addie’s story is so uplifting, so beautiful. It is clear that neither side could exist without the other, and Addie wouldn’t have it any other way.

Conclusion

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a powerful and evocative story. I can see why it took V. E. Schwab so long to write this novel. It is a labor of love, through and through. Every page reads as such, as it carefully reveals the full story.

Honestly, I believe that The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue has to be one of my favorite novels of the year, if not more than that. It is a standalone novel, as it should be. Yet I can’t help but look forward to whatever Schwab comes up with next.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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