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#1 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick - October 2020
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In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.
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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This dark fantasy revolves around a simple, fascinating question: Is being immortal worth it? Hoping to escape her stifling existence as a country wife in 18th-century France, Adeline LaRue cuts a deal with the god of darkness. In exchange for immortality, Addie will never be remembered by anyone she meets—and she can never be loved. V. E. Schwab, author of the best-selling Shades of Magic series, finds an unexpectedly captivating side to Addie’s fate: Although her heroine can’t connect with people, she’s able to witness, in real time, the world’s ever-changing beauty over the span of centuries instead of decades. She devours art and music and literature. It seems like a worthwhile trade-off—until Addie meets Henry, who actually remembers her name. At that point, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue becomes even richer, its sensuous strangeness turning romantic and exciting as the couple attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Schwab’s book made us appreciate the joy of having someone to share life’s discoveries with.
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This is how it starts
This book simultaneously tore my heart into pieces and put it back together again. I feel as if I, too, have lived with Addie for those 300 years, and I hated finishing the book because it meant, for now, saying goodbye. But it isn’t a goodbye, it’s an ellipses, it’s a see you later, because I will definitely be rereading this again and again. It’s a timeless tale that I can’t get enough of.
Read this if you want to immerse yourself in a magical, yet realistic and heartbreaking story. The writing is gorgeous, the characters feel genuine and they truly come alive on the page. It blends dreams and reality masterfully, a touch of dark magic in the real world. This is the kind of book you’ll be thinking about long after you finish reading it (I know I will be).
The best book I’ve read in a long time!!!
This book was excellent, awe inspiring! Addie is very clever.