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.
Amazon Link: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Historical fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars
Feel free to make fun of me for taking so long to get around to reading this book (and everything else by V. E. Schwab) because I was clearly wasting my time on lesser books. I heard this was good and I kept putting it off.
I loved this book from start to finish. Addie is such a wonderful, clever girl and Henry is so sweet. I wanted there to be a way that things could work out for them, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
On the other hand, Luc was so creepy. I don’t know if he was a god, demon, devil, or Fae, but he definitely wasn’t human. I’m sure Addie will make him regret their deal eventually.
Both main characters were bi/pansexual but the main romance was F/M and the other gay character, Robbie, felt a bit cliche. He was campy and dramatic and in the theater. Although not unrealistic. Maybe he worked it out with Henry in the end. I want them to be happy, hopefully together.
I cried near the end when I thought it was going to end tragically, but things came together in the end OK in a satisfying way, if not quite a happily ever after.
I loved the art, the bookstore (and the cat!), and the snippets of history. It was a great book and it all tied together in the end. The time jumps didn’t really bother me because there was a logical throughline to carry the story.
This was my first time reading this author, but it won’t be the last. I’m looking forward to reading more.
Here is the book in my reading journal: