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

“Three words, large enough to tip the world. I remember you.”

Published in 2020, The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab follows the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue who, in 1714, bargains to live forever in a moment of desperation. But her bargain wasn’t a fair one, and she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, 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.

Rating:

I think it’s fair to say that Addie LaRue is a Bookstagram favourite. While that meant I had to own it, it also meant that I’ve been very scared to actually pick it up and read it! But I’m so glad that I finally did.

What an absolutely beautiful book this is! I was drawn in from the very start and fell more in love with every page. There are so many amazing quotes and messages about finding yourself and the powerful need we have to leave our mark on the world, and I was completely enchanted by every word.

I was worried that the story would be too heavy with fantasy for me to engage with it easily, but it’s actually more historical fiction with a touch of magic, so I had no trouble getting stuck into it. It is a slow burn read at times as it’s very character-driven, but I never lost interest or wanted anything to speed up. Instead, I took my time to lose myself in every emotion.

The fantasy element mostly comes through the character of Luc, who I found incredibly alluring for all the wrong reasons (as is his intention!). You know never to trust him, but you also understood Addie’s need for his presence as the only person who can remember her, so I absolutely adored their relationship over the years.

The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue is the reason I like to step out of my comfort zone from time to time, as I love it when I find a gem like this. For me, it has been one of the most immersive journeys that I’ve had with a book and it has definitely become a permanent favourite on my shelf.

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