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.
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 #1 New York Times Bestselling Author genre-defying tour de force.
I will never be able to articulate the beauty, the brilliance that is this book. I can throw out words like beautiful and haunting, unique and surreal and yet never be able to properly explain the levels of genius Addie Larue is. Schwab has proven time and time again her ability to write an outstanding novel regardless of genre but THIS…. Addie Larue is unlike anything I could’ve ever imagined.
Beautiful and poetic prose that feels like peacefully drifting through a tranquil sea, characters with layers upon layers of depth who will tastefully break your heart, and an astounding story unlike anything I’ve ever read— that is Addie Larue in the simplest of descriptions. What this novel explores, and does so well, and what it implies of loneliness and the yearning to be seen is one I, as I’m sure many others can relate to. Addie’s story is one that spans 300 years and yet one I have also experienced in my 20 odd years of living. It is despondence in its cruelest form and a concept of loneliness that would drive even the sanest mad and yet Addie’s ability to see and authentically register the world around her despite her circumstances is awe inspiring. Schwab delivers outstanding and strong characters time after time but Addie is marvelously superior.
I have been sitting on this review for a couple of days now thinking about all I want to say and praise about Addie Larue and yet I still cannot even begin to accurately convey the greatness that is this book. All I can say reader is regardless of your reading tastes, regardless of your preferred genre, Addie Larue is sure to blow your mind. It’s lyrical prose and heartening story will without a doubt consume and enchant you from the very first page.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early review copy in exchange for an honest review.