Standalone | 442 Pages | 2020
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★★
- Heroine: Queen of making the best of things
- Dude: Ultimate emo book nerd
- Steaminess: Not overly descriptive
- Brutality: Puff of smoke
Pairs Well With
Champagne all day
What would you do if you could live forever, but no one would remember you? And I’m not talking long-term. You have to reintroduce yourself every time they go to the bathroom. You can’t get a job, you can’t build relationships, and everyone you ever knew has forgotten you.
Then one day, someone remembers you.
Being forgotten, she thinks, is a bit like going mad. You begin to wonder what is real, if you are real.
I am so in love with this book. It’s been floating around and has become a big deal, but I will read anything V.E. Schwab gives me so here I am.
Addie makes a deal with the devil, or a demon, or an old god. It’s up to you to decide. Personally, it reminded me a lot of the crossroads demon in Supernatural because… anything to think about Dean Winchester. However, this demon/god is way more powerful than Crowley ever could have been. Addie is 23 and running from an arranged marriage in a small village. She sees her friends neighbors and how small and simple their lives are and she knows that she needs more.
Small places make for small lives.
When Addie wakes up, she is free, but learns that freedom is at a cost she never imagined. No one can remember her, but she remembers everything. She no longer has a home or a life. She is utterly on her own.
Honestly, I can’t get over how gorgeous and heartbreaking the story was. Nothing is tied up nice a perfect. Addie is far from perfect herself as she has a very gray moral compass. This comes from years of learning to survive and testing the boundaries of her curse. The two main men in the story are both so swoon-worthy and confusing at the same time. My sweet Henry who has demons of his own to battle, is the book nerd of my dreams. Luc, oh he is the demon god that haunts you, but is a weird addiction at the same time. There is no lack of deep characters.
The story jumps back and forth from Addie’s past and how she lives with the curse over 300 years to the year 2014 where she finally meets someone who can remember her. The chapters were long enough and spread out in a way that I had no trouble going back and forth through time. Though, this isn’t something that normally bothers me so it might bother you if you don’t like time jumps in chapters.
If you have read The Night Circus, then you are familiar with a type of storyteller narration. It’s third person, but sounds like an oral story or even reading a journal (though not in journal format.) I’m not sure what kind of narration it is, but I’m also too lazy to look it up right now. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down.
I’m sure I will need to reread this soon because it’s a really moving depiction of how and why we love others and ourselves and our fight to just make a mark on the world before we go.
Have you read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue? Let me know what you thought in the comments!