Bookseller Reviews – Kim – The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab
YA fantasy from bestselling V.E. Schwab – Romeo & Juliet meets The Poisonwood Bible in this tale of star-crossed lovers and deals with the devil. When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality.
But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone. Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day.
Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him. Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her.
Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever.
One of my final and favourite books of 2020 The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is a tale of someone who wishes to leave their mark on the world but is cursed to not be remembered by those she meets. This is a book unlike anything I have ever read.
After making a deal with a demon after dark as she does not want to be married and have a life tied to one place. Addie mus confront the decision she has made when those she loves forget of her existence. Though this does plague her she also has a love for life and new experiences. The first half of the book mainly recounts how Addie deals with no real roots and her inability to keep anything for a long time (bar the ring that she cannot lose) a lot of this time is spent in France. The book bounces between New York in 2014 and then recounts Addie’s 300 years on this earth. The things she must do to survive and the people she meets during her time.
The only ongoing relationship she has is with the demon who appears in her life throughout the book to see if she is ready to have her soul taken and therefore ending her life. I don’t want to spoil the book too much so will not discuss the second half as I think this is a book to be experienced knowing as little as possible going in.
This is by know means an historical novel but is more about Addie’s life. Her struggle to be remembered in any small way when as soon as people look away from her she is unknown to them. The prose of beautiful and lyrical and although pigeon holed as a fantasy book their is no real magic it is more a mythical tale. It left me in a reading slum as there is no book like this one!
I am now starting my re-read of The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson after eagerly awaiting the fourth book in the series – I felt i needed a refresh and will share the journey in these blogs – I’m half way through the first book and am reminded of why Sanderson is definitely in my top 5 authors of all time. I”m also reading The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn and am enjoying the nxt chapter in Raynor and Moth’s journey.