The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Hardcover, 448 pages

Published Oct. 6, 2020 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-8756-1
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4 stars (90 reviews)

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

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.

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A beautiful new take on a classic fairy tale

5 stars

"Be careful what you wish for" is a common Faustian moral, but Addie Larue expresses this classic story in beautiful new ways without turning into a mere morality tale. Not content with tricky fae folk, or a deal with the devil at the crossroads at midnight, Schwab's "gods who answer after dark" are a much more subtle and terrifying expression of our own misunderstandings, and her story telling across centuries make for an extremely compelling narrative. This is easily one of the best books I've read in a long, long time, and the ending turns the entire archetype on its head in a way that is absolutely inspiring!

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Storygraph'

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did not like writing style, did not like characters. will confess i skipped ahead and read a significant section of the end bc i wanted to see if it was worth continuing on. decided no.

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I'm continuously impressed with V.E. Schwab's ability to write such engaging characters AND engaging worlds! She's quickly becoming my favorite author.

Addie's relationship with Luc is such a better telling of a Beauty and the Beast type tale. You're never quite certain of Luc's motivation, or at least I wasn't ever convinced. I do feel bad for Henry, I was always getting the vibe that he was a pawn in Addie and Luc's game. This tale does make you think a lot about what "love" really is. Would Addie have loved Henry any more if he wasn't the exception to the rules? Did she love him any more than her other lovers over time? Or did she just love that she could tell her tale through Henry more so than she ever could through anyone else?

Can't say how much I loved this book!

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

characters felt kinda one-dimensional and also why didn’t we get to learn more about the why and how of luc’s existence??? i just feel like this book could have done some good progress if the more “supernatural” aspects of the world building were more developed… but anyways not gonna rant about this, i’ve learn my lesson and i’ll stop taking recommendations from booktook, from now on i’ll only listen to the girlies on dark academia tumblr and the old guy from my local bertrand

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

very long intricate book about Addie LaRue, who makes a deal with Luc (the devil?) so she can escape an arranged marriage in the early 1700s. In exchange for her soul at some time in the future, Addie become forgettable. No, I mean really well and truly forgettable - as soon as she is out of sight of a person, she is completely forgotten. And also, she is immortal.

So the story follows Addie into the present, with many flashbacks and flash forwards. Luc periodically shows up to ask for her soul, but she refuses to give in.

A very interesting conceit, pretty well pulled off. It is kind of funny how she gets by. Even going to sleep will make some forget her, so she gets the "who are you?" treatment from the morning after quite often.

So I liked it but thought it went on extra long. Probably …

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Couldn't put it down (or in this case, stop listening). I'm a sucker for a book that follows a character through their life. Without too many spoilers, this isn't exactly that, but has the same feel of watching a character grow and develop over a long period of time. I'm not sure if I liked the ending, but I didn't hate it and it didn't make me love the book any less.

I also recommend the Audible audio book, the reader is fantastic.

Faustus but with a lead who doesn’t know what she wants

3 stars

The premise was interesting and I went along with it for a long time, but then it shifted to a love story and I just didn’t care. Don’t sell your soul. And don’t be tempted to fall in love with the being you sold your soul to. And for the love of everything, don’t assume he doesn’t always know everything. And above all, ffs, don’t ask to live forever.

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I was quite excited to read this book after hearing about it from an ‘upcoming recommended books’ list back in the autumn. I ended up ordering a physical copy of it in January, yet only just now managed to finally read it… the day I actually read a book the same day I get it is probably never going to happen. I have some mixed feelings about this book. It provides an interesting premise—a Faustian deal, a woman who can’t be remembered, immortality—all things I’m a huge fan of in literature; yet, it also contains some lackluster characters and a dull narrative. On one hand, it was fast-paced enough to distract me from my term papers (this is entirely my fault, though). On the other hand… it was also difficult to continue reading the book after the first 100 or so pages. Other reviewers have mentioned that the middle of …

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