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

Hey guys!
Today I bring you a novel I am beyond excited about. I can’t even wait until the review portion to tell you how much I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Let’s find out why, shall we? 😉

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

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. 

The Rating:

Oh, the concept, the main character, the French setting, the New York setting, the *everything*!

Schwab really nailed it with this one. First of all, I adore the setting, or rather the settings. Addie lived through hundreds of years and we get to experience that with her. So many amazing places we get to visit, historical sites, important events to experience. It was a true pleasure to waltz through the ages like that – even if almost all the occasions were sad ones.

Furthermore, Addie is a character that I find incredibly relatable. From the very get-go I understood her, I felt with her. The life she wanted to escape, how the invisble shackles around her were slowly suffocating her, how she was willing to give everything just to be free. Even the very concept of the books is brilliant. The Gods who will listen if you pray after day, gosh not only was that beautifully written, it’s also quite unique. I simply love love love it.

And also the concept of Addie’s ‘contract’. How people are bound to forget her. I honestly hadn’t imagined this would work so well. Don’t get my wrong it’s absolutely heartbreaking every single time somebody turns their back and every memory of her slips their mind. I’ve never read anything like it and I certainly didn’t expect it to hit me like a brick.

I’m usually not a fan of love stories but even that worked out well. Eventhough I might initially not have been sure how this particular aspect would turn out and whether I would like it but Schwab wrote it in such a compelling way! Even the insight into each character’s mind and soul just hits the mark.

Seriously, there wasn’t a single thing about this book that I didn’t like. It’s an almost Faustian tale and I often felt reminded of a quote from Goethe’s Faust:

Werd ich zum Augenblicke sagen:
Verweile doch! du bist so schön!
Dann magst du mich in Fesseln schlagen,
Dann will ich gern zugrunde gehn!

(Sorry that it’s in German but I can not bring myself to quote Goethe in English) Essentially it’s Faust telling that devil that when he gets to experience a moment that he actually wants to last, that’s when the devil would get his soul. While the concept her is quite different, it was still a similar vibe to me. And I’m such a sucker for stuff like this!

Oh what I would give for an adaptation of this book. Can you imagine how divine a based on this would be? Picture it: episodes set at various points in the past, traveling through history with Addie, interspersed with episode in present day New York! Who do I have to kill to get that? Please and thank you.

If you haven’t read this novel already, please do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy right now. For me Schwab nailed it in just about every regard. A brilliant book!

Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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