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


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.


Be aware this novel is very long but has some interesting philosophical moments.
Addie LaRue was born in 1691 in a small village, she always felt trapped and did not want to be forced to marry a particular person she ‘prays to the one that shall not be called upon at night’ and therefore sells her soul to the devil. Although she wasn’t specific enough. So now, when anyone encounters her, they will not remember her at all as soon as they or she leaves the room. Until Henry.

I listened to the audiobook so it was confusing when this novel goes back and forth over different timelines I wasn’t sure if there are titles showing the different time frames but as I listened to it, it was confusing.

By listening to it, I took my time which I am told is excellent when it comes to this particular novel.
I felt so bad for Henry, being dumped by some girl who was essentially using him. Why did she stay with him? And why didn’t he see the signs?
It was interesting this novel focuses on the importance of art.

I found her relationship with the devil / Luke go be very weird. One minute she hates him and the next minute their embracing each other.

The importance of this novel I feel one of the elements would be to appreciate every single moment and do not waste it on foolish things you’d take back (for myself, it would be do not tolerate immature children that copy you and get jealous over petty things).

“But this is how you walk to the end of the world. This is how you live forever. Here is one day, and here is the next, and the next, and you take what you can, savour every stolen second, cling to every moment, until it’s gone.”

That is all.

4/5 Stars

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