Book Reviews

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I have been in a real reading rut recently. I’m reading books, but nothing is really blowing me away. Now, I am a HUGE V.E. Schwab fan. She’s one of my authors I will always read, and I re-read the Darker Shade of Magic series earlier this year. When I saw she was coming out with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue this year, I knew I just had to have it. Originally, it was going to be something I saved for my Christmas list, but I happened to have a bad day and decided to treat myself with some Amazon gift card money. #retailtherapy

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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.

My Thoughts

Honestly, I didn’t know much about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue before I bought it and read it. That’s how much I enjoy V.E. Schwab. Bookstagram had totally built the book up as well, so I fear that contributed to some of my thoughts.

Now, let me be clear that the book was beautifully written.

I think I just had such high hopes for the book. I wanted it to be the book to break me out of this reading rut. Everyone who I had seen read the book said they just couldn’t put it down.

Not only did it not break me out of my rut, but it took me forever to read. I felt that things dragged on quite a bit. However, it was still beautifully written and I thoroughly appreciated how everything tied together in the end.

I’m already looking forward to rereading it down the road when I’m in a different place. Was it my favorite book of the year? No, but it was still a four star read. Will I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely!

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