Book Review – The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
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.
This is the story of a young woman who wants more than anything to live a free life.
She wants it enough to pray to the gods after dark, to make a deal with the devil on the night she is to be married to a man that she does not love.
To sell her soul and become cursed to live a life where she cannot leave a mark.
To remain young and live forever but to be forgotten by every person that she meets.
This is a powerful, beautiful and heart-breaking story that I am still thinking about days after finishing and I will still think about for a long time. Adelyn Larue is an amazing character, artistic and free spirited, adventurous and bold.
In this book you will read about her 300 years of life as she learns to navigate her curse.
She cannot have belongings, she cannot break things or set fires or build things. She cannot draw, write or even speak her own name out loud.
She can steal, she can feel pain, cold and hunger.
She cannot die. She cannot be remembered.
When Addie meets a new person the moment they are separated by a door or sleep that person will instantly forget her. She has to restart relationships every day, living with her own memories and knowing she will never have an ending or be a part of someone else’s.
That is until she meets Henry. Henry who remembers her. Henry who can speak her name and write down her stories.
Henry is damaged in his own way and has his own story to tell.
The way He and Addie intertwine is incredible. It is not love but it also is. They are both exactly what the other wants and needs and it is a beautiful thing.
And then there is Luc. The darkness. The devil, even? I would have loved to see more of Luc’s story and if ever the author decided to write his story I would embrace it with open arms. Luc is a complicated character and one I still do not feel that I fully understand.
His relationship with Addie is a strange one. He feels Addie’s place is by his side. She is no longer human, she cannot feel love as a human would because she has become something other.
Learning to understand and accept that is a big part of Addie’s struggle. I could go on and on about the things I loved about this book but I will leave it there.
I highly, highly recommend that you pick this up and read it, embrace it and savour Addie’s life and hear her story.
It is a slow burner which can only be appreciated as a complete book. It doesn’t have those big shocks/twists/turns that usually make a book exciting. It is something very different that is to be read to be appreciated.