I can’t even begin to describe how this book made me feel. Understood? Seen? Nothing has ever quite got me like The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I have enjoyed V.E. Schwab’s other books, but they’ve never hit my quite like this. There is something special here, and I am going to treasure this feeling for a while!
Rating: 5 stars (the best 5 stars I have ever given)
So what is this beautiful book about? Addie LaRue, a 23 year old woman from a small village in France, makes a pact with the devil in order to save herself from an unhappy life tied-down going nowhere. She trades her soul for immortality, but there’s a catch – everyone she meets will forget her almost as soon as she leaves them. One day, she meets a boy in a bookstore who remembers her, and everything changes.
I honestly can’t explain why I love it so much. The words spoke to me in a way that hasn’t happened since Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I was gripped with Addie’s character immediately and couldn’t get enough. And then along came Henry, a character that I love with all my heart, who I see myself in, who I just want to give the biggest hug. Reading his chapters had me in pieces, and with his entrance to the story the book became the best thing I’ve read.
It’s not just the characters – the plot is intricate, spanning multiple time periods and settings across the world. The writing is absolutely V.E. Schwab’s best work and the standard is already high. I feel like this is a more personal story which elevated it about her others for me. It is deep, I can already imagine the details a second read will reveal.
My heart hurts but I am also so happy to have read this book. Huge thanks to V.E. Schwab for writing this masterpiece that will be very hard to forget. I can’t wait t get my hardback version to really treasure those pages. Thanks to NetGalley and Titan Books for the advance copy.
You can find a review from my friend Meaghan over at Paragraphs and Pages here.