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

Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: October 6th, 2020
Received: NetGalley

I received a copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Has anybody else been eagerly counting down the days until The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue releases? I got my hands on an arc, and I’m still counting down the days! Then again, I did go ahead and order that special OwlCrate edition (couldn’t resist).

What would do you, if you were given the opportunity to life forever, but on the condition that nobody would ever remember you? If you were unable to leave your mark on the world. For most of us, it’s a question to ponder.

For Addie LaRue, it’s her life. In 1714, France, she made a deal with the devil. Now she cannot speak her name. She cannot be remembered. But she doesn’t have to fear death, and she’s seen three hundred years of history.

“Don’t forget me in the meantime.”

Spoiler Warning

I’m going to be straight with you here: I didn’t know what to expect from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Knowing V.E. Schwab’s previous works, I expected to love it. But I didn’t really know what would be on those pages, even with that lovely description.

I do know that The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue completely blew me away. This was not a novel I devoured in one sitting. I made myself read it at a more leisurely pace, knowing that I’d regret it the moment I finished it otherwise.

It was the right call. Addie’s journey is…beautiful. Ephemeral. Powerful. All of those descriptions, and countless more. It is a story that cut me to my core, and left me hoping for me, while simultaneously being content with the ending. A rare occurrence, to be sure.

Every detail, every moment in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue feels so carefully thought out. It’s beautifully done, slowly unfolding the story of Addie LaRue. The life she has lived, and the small ways in which she defies the rules that run her life.

“But Addie knows, as she forces herself down the stairs, that it’s already happening – knows that by the time he closes the door, she’ll be gone.”

This is a book that has a little bit of something for everyone. There’s a strong female lead, magic, a devil, a love interest, and history. So much history. 300 years of the life of Addie LaRue, told through the incorporation of artwork and other delightful details.

I honestly could spend another couple of hours talking about this beauty of a book. This is a book that is going to be making my top ten list of 2020. It’s a book that brought a little bit of light into an otherwise dark time. At least, it did for me.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a book that I strongly recommend. Fans of V.E. Schwab will adore it. Book lovers will find it compelling, and everyone in between will certainly find an element worth latching onto. I know I did.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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