Sunday, March 21, 2021

Book Review - THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V. E. Schwab



Title: 
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2020


About the Book:

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.
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

This book was ten years in the making according to blurbs I read about it. I must say that it was an interesting concept and I kept reading because I really wanted to find out how it ended. 

Addie LaRue is a young woman in France in the early 1700's. Life is difficult and she is forced into marrying a man she does not love. In fact, she doesn't even like him. Prior to taking her vows she unwittingly makes a deal with the devil while mistakenly praying to the wrong "gods" after dark. The rest of the book portrays Addie as quite lonely because no one remembers her. Can you imagine meeting new friends and spending the day with them and as soon as you are out of sight for a wee moment, they instantly forget ever meeting you? Be careful what you wish for!

The pact she made with the demon allows Addie to live forever and the story takes us back and forth through time from the 1700's to modern times. It is well written and imaginative. Quite creative, in fact. So creative, that I normally would have given this five wine glasses, but I'm dropping it down to four because the story dragged on quite a bit and I became disengaged on numerous occasions. I perked up when Addie met Henry, but again it started to drag and I couldn't seem to connect with Henry's personality.


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About the Author:

V.E. Schwab
, also known as Victoria Schwab, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet, and Vicious. Her work has received critical acclaim, has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, and more, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Nashville and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.



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