Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

10.06.2020 | Tor Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


France, 1714: In a moment of desperation a young woman makes a fated bargain to live forever. She doesn’t realize that in order to live forever she must also accept a curse that she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins Addie LaRue’s story, which spans centuries and continents, history and art. Addie has always learned to persevere and despite being sentenced to an invisible life, she is determined to leave her mark on the world. After nearly 300 years, Addie is given the chance to push the boundaries of her curse even further when she meets the one man who remembers her name.

You know those books you see everywhere and that people can’t seem to stop talking about? There’s probably not a chance you haven’t heard of THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by now! This book falls way outside of my literary comfort zone with a mix of historical fiction and fantasy, but was just the book I needed to sweep me off my feet!


V.E. Schwab has managed to create one of the most breathtaking and beautiful stories I have ever read! The prose in this book is exquisite and despite a slower pace, you are instantly hooked to Addie’s story. The dual timelines allow the reader to experience present day and bits and pieces of Addie’s life as she sees fit to unveil them. There is not a part of this story that isn’t important and a key to something greater. 

Addie’s story is truly magical and despite what genres you might gravitate towards, this one is made to be experienced. There’s a little bit of everything and just enough gut punch to have you pulling out the tissues! I won’t forget your story anytime soon, Addie.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

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