The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue was easily one of the most hyper books of last year. It was everywhere! Wherever I looked I saw bloggers and booktubers talking about it so obviously I had to get the book for myself! I am a great fan of VE Schwab and a Darker Shade Of Magic was one of my favorite reads from 2019. So what did I think about this book? Did it live up to the hype? Read on to find out.
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About The Book
When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone. Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken.
Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day. Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him.
Until one day, in a second-hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her.
Suddenly thrust back into real, normal life, Addie realizes she can’t escape her fate forever.
Author: V. E Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Contemporary
Publisher: Whole Story QUEST
Date Of Publication: 16th October 2020
Duration: 17 Hours, 10 Minutes
Format: Audiobook (Narrated by Julia Whelan)
Source: Self Bought Audible Subscription
The only reason why I picked up The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue was because of the hype that it created online. By now, looking at my 3-star rating you would know that the book was somewhat of an average read for me. And let me be honest here, I am a little disappointed. That being said, this does not mean that it was a “bad book”. No, not at all! In fact, the book was quite enjoyable. There were a few things that I loved, as well as a few that made it average for me. I shall be discussing both further on in this post.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue tells us the story of Addie, a young french girl in the 1700’s who makes a deal with the devil. As with all deals that one can make with the devil, her’s comes with a price. Her price is that she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie lives on through her curse, traveling from one end of the Earth to the other. Her life takes a turn when she meets a young man who remembers her.
The book contains several instances of abuse, starvation, drug abuse, depression, manipulation and attempted suicide.
Told in both flashbacks and modern-day, the book has a lot of potentials to draw the reader inwards. As we read about Addie and her life that spans a few hundred years, we also go through familiar parts of our own history. I would say the book is a mix of historical fiction as well as contemporary since it covers such a long period of time. I quickly got engrossed in the book and flew through the initial chapters. Julia Whelan does a brilliant job narrating the whole thing. The three main characters are lovable and I felt for each of them (yes even for Luc).
So why didn’t I like this book? I guess it was because I felt the story went on longer than it should have. When I thought that the story would be reaching its end I was shocked to find out that I was only halfway through? After passing the halfway mark my attention towards the book really slowed and I couldn’t concentrate anymore. This did make me put the book aside for a few days before dragging myself to pick it up again. I think the book would have done great as a two-part series. Book 1 ending where I initially thought the story ended and book 2 starting from there.
The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue is an ambitious story. The intricate weaving through time is done brilliantly and there is no chance for the reader to get confused. Would I recommend this book? Yes. Give it a try and who knows you might enjoy this more than I did.
About The Author
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”
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