Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Taken 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.
Upon finishing The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue I wasn’t sure whether it would come out at a four star or a five star. In the end, it came out as a five star read, and that was purely down to the writing.
I fell in love with V. E. Schwab’s writing within The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as it had such a lyrical style and flowed so beautifully. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the first V. E. Schwab book that I have ever read, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I am aware that she has never written a book like this before. But I hope that she does again. The story flowed so well and never felt forced or info-dumpy. It truly felt as if you were reading Addie LaRue’s biography and reliving her life story rather than being told it.
The character of Addie LaRue is like nothing I have ever read before. She was fiercely independent and knew what she wanted from a young age. Throughout the book, you see her grow and become more confident in her decisions and how they influence her life. This is something that I love to see within the main characters that I read, as I find them almost inspiring. On the other hand, Henry was not a character that I particularly loved, as I found him to be a little bit infuriating and frustrating. I wanted him to have a much stronger personality, and to hear his voice so much more than I did. We did get chapters from him and learnt about him, but they didn’t compare to chapters from Addie.
I loved the settings within The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as we got to travel around the world as well as back in time. All of the locations were incredible and were described so vividly that you felt as if you were there. They all added to the story created such a magical atmosphere. A considerable amount of the book is set within France, and it is a setting that I love, so it was amazing to see it portrayed differently.
While The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue doesn’t have a significant amount of plot, it doesn’t need to. The plot is very much a secondary part of the story, and usually, that would annoy me, but in this book, it doesn’t. But I would have liked what plot there was to have progressed a bit faster as the beginning does feel very slow. But once you get over that it quickly picks up the pace and begins to grow.
Overall, I would highly recommend picking up The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, even if you have never read a V. E. Schwab book like me. It is a fantastic experience and a book that I would love to be able to read again without any prior knowledge.
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