The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab (ARC)
"A life no-one will remember. A story you'll never forget...
In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life comes a new genre-defying novel from the NYT #1 bestselling author V.E. SCHWAB.
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 a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever."
I received an E-ARC of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much V.E. Schwab, Titan Books and NetGalley for this amazing opportunity!
I was so excited to read this book! I loved the sound of it as soon as I saw the blurb and I couldn't believe my luck when I was approved on NetGalley! Everyone in my family also love the concept and they've been eyeing up my Kindle ever since!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows the life of a young girl called Adeline LaRue from France in the 1700's. She lives a simple life but wants more than what is laid out in front of her. More choice, more adventure, more time. In a moment of desperation she makes the dangerous decision of praying to a God after dark and when he answers her call she must bear the consequences. After all, you know what they say, be careful what you wish for.
Addie must now live a life where no-one she comes across is able to remember her. She can't leave her own mark on the world, she can't even give anyone her real name. The only person who can is the darkness - aptly named Luc - who can be sweet, accommodating or cruel depending on his mood when he visits on the anniversary of their deal. His ultimate endgame being to do whatever he can to get Addie to surrender her soul to him. However, over the 300 years that she has lived she hasn't lost an ounce of her defiance and she's learnt how to manipulate his own game against him and she is determined to win. Just when Addie has accepted her circumstances and grown used to her lonely life, a fateful day arrives where a boy called Henry happens to remember her. I really admired Addie, it was easy to tell that she was a survivor and I really enjoyed how she decided she was going to live in spite of Luc. Also I really liked how the story flicked back and forth between the 1700's and 2014 so seamlessly because not only did it help progress the story but the reader gets the full experience of Addie's character and how much she develops over that period.
Henry runs the bookstore which is where he first bumps into Addie. He is sweet and caring but seems lost. He's Jewish but is struggling with his religion and is searching for meaning. He wants to experience everything life has to offer and doesn't want to waste a single second, all in all he just wants to be loved. He really reminded me of Addie from the start of the book with how they both want more from life, the parallel was so clever and showcases how they're practically two sides of the same coin.
I absolutely adored these characters and they're going to stay with me forever! They had so much chemistry and were so cute together, with every scene I just wanted to swoon. Also I really appreciate how the author portrayed Addie as being bisexual and Henry being pansexual (I hope I've got that right, if not please let me know and I'll come back and correct it!) it was the perfect surprise for Sapphic September and I loved it!
I don't think my review will ever be able to do this book justice because it was absolutely gorgeous! I was enchanted from the first sentence and I can't stop thinking about it. I immediately wanted to reread it as soon as I finished and it is the first book I've read in a long time where I haven't wanted it to end. I even preordered a physical copy so that I could have it on my bookshelf as well. I am so grateful to have been able to share this mesmerising journey with Addie, it was remarkable and quickly became one of my all time favourites. So many parts really resonated with me as it really makes you put your life into perspective in terms of how we spend our time and what is important to us. Not to mention the emotional rollercoaster that this story put me on! Honestly, you'll laugh, you'll cry and most importantly you'll always remember Addie.
This is the first book I've read by V.E. Schwab and I am now a forever fan, every other book she has written is now on the top of my TBR! Plus, it is so exciting about the announcement of the film adaptation of Addie, congratulations to V.E. Schwab I can't wait to watch it!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an incredible, magical and sensational story that is impossible to forget. An absolute must read!
Thank you so much to V.E. Schwab, Titan Books and NetGalley for the opportunity
to read this amazing book, it has been an absolute pleasure!
V.E. Schwab is the No.1 New York Times bestselling author if Vicious, The Near Witch and the Shades of Magic series, which was described as "a classic work of fantasy" by Deborah Harkness. It was one of Waterstones' Best Fantasy Books of 2015, The Guardian's Best Science Fiction Novels, and a Telegraph Choice. The Independent has called her "The natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones." She lives between Nashville, France and Edinburgh.