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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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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 woma
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Tor Books
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Melanie

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

"Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books."


This is a book about a girl, a boy, a devil, and the stories that get told and repeated and remembered. This is a tale of power dynamics and imbalances and what humans are willing to do to not feel trapped and alone. This is all about a young girl who lives her life for herself, who lives her life in spite of the odds, w
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chai ♡
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Oh, to be a French girl who knelt in the woods, on the eve of a wedding she did not want, and prayed for freedom to a god—or a devil?—who only answers after the dark, and he made her a deal that will grow to be like a thorn in her, a goad: she will live forever, but she will be forgotten by everyone she meets, always slipping, like a thought, out of reach. An eternity of flitting from one place to another, never feeling quite at home anywhere, and fr
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This time: I have no words for this masterpiece. Literally speechless, wordless, expressionless, blinking, sighing, awed, adored, fell hard, truly loved! I may announce you one of top ten best books of the year.

I know we’re at the fourth month and during our quarantine if I resume finishing approximately 10 to 14 books weekly, this means I can read nearly 500 more books but when you know, you know, this book is like unconditional love at first sight.

It’s a unique story about a village girl’s tr
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Kai
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, owned
“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

Where do I start? This was a good book. What you'd expect from Victoria Schwab. Magical and lyrical. And yet...I turned the last page and was left wanting.

This is the book that Victoria has been working on for 10 years. And yes it's pretty. It's an amazing concept and an intriguing beginning. But I first read this in July and now, barely three months later, I cannot remember all that much except for the fact that Addie has seven bloody freck
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
IT'S OUT!!

Love story between a French girl and the devil over 300 years...

I tried to go into this book with low expectations considering romance isn't my genre and... Wow, this has to be V. E. Schwab's best book!

I've always liked her writing but this character-driven, slow-paced story really works for her. It's closer to literary fiction than her other work and her characters are much stronger.

Frankly, I recommend you go into it knowing nothing else.

Pick it up!
Victoria Schwab
As I do my final read-through on this book, a story nearly 10 years in the making, all I can think is that I've put my heart and soul, my teeth and blood and bones into this one.

I hope you love it.

ETA: I can't believe we made it. Addie spent so many years haunting me, I hope she haunts a few of you. <3
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Lala BooksandLala
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-releases
oh SHIT
Emily May
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
"And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark."

It's interesting. I read a couple of reviews for this book that said it was a slow-starter and took a hundred or so pages to get going, so I thought it was a good sign when I fell in love with it right away. The premise captivated me, drew me in, and took me away to another time and place; to an 18th century French village where young Adeline is being forced into a marriage she doesn't want. She prays so har
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Cindy
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. VE Schwab has consistently great writing as always and really wrote her ass off here. I can tell many of the internal struggles that the main characters go through (particularly Henry) come from a personal place in Schwab's life, and you can feel that earnestly pouring through the pages. This book would be enjoyed by people who like slower, atmospheric, and character-driven stories. I think this works if you relate to the characters; if you don’t, the narrative becomes quite repetitiv ...more
Mary S. R.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every soul seeking to be free & remembered
Recommended to Mary by: Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
When a book traps your soul from beginning to end and beyond, keeping hold of a string to your heart even as you leave it behind, you know it deserves all the constellations in the night sky.


Credit: Nicole

What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?

They say if you look through a wooden ring on the 29th night of July, just after dark, you’d see a wraith wandering valleys and alleys—singing, sighing, seeking. And if you lean in, shell of an ear pressed to the ring, you would hear the
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Chloe
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
okay wow i loved this book. i have been SO excited to read this and it truly was beautiful and unlike anything else i've ever read. i loved the structure of the book - how each chapter was set in a different year/place in addie/henry's life. i loved addie and henry so much.

it's definitely a slow paced book with stunning writing. this is my favourite ve schwab book in terms of the writing style. SO many good quotes.

thank you TOR for sending me an early digital copy for review <3
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy read with my faveeee, Tabi!!! <3 <3 <3

“Do you think a life has any value if one doesn’t leave some mark upon the world?”

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WOW. What a book. What. A. Book. How do I even begin to describe this masterpiece??? V.E. Schwab just may have outdone herself this time (and this is the eleventh book I've read of hers, omg)! I don’t know how she could possibly top this book in the future. Not only is this her best-wri
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Miranda Reads
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, audiobook
It's here! It's here! It's here!

Cancel all the plans - it's reading time!!

Update - 50%

So far, so good! Such a compelling story - I'm addicted!

Update - Finished

Victoria. Did you have to rip out my heart and stomp on it like what? 5 stars but I'm also dead.
Hamad
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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“Never pray to the gods who answer after dark.”


First of all I am very thankful for the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.

It is no longer that I am a big fan of Victoria Schwab because she’s simply a great human and author. I loved her ADSOM series, The Villains series and even her Monsters of Verity series. I am planning to go back and read the rest of her backlist books but when I knew t
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I kinda hope this will be made into a movie,, but also not. No matter how good the actors, directors etc. they'll never be able to do this book justice, never be able to capture the essence of Addie LaRue.

[Edit: saw the movie announcement. All I can say is, I hope they don't ruin it]

Addie LaRue was born in 1691 in the small village of Villon, France. Addie has always felt trapped there. Villon is a place where she is expected to be a respectable and dutiful woman who marries, has kids, grows ol
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karen
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOW AVAILABLE!!!

life is very long when you’re lonely.

i’m not really into romance or romantic fantasy, but it’s not so much a genre-aversion as it is a preference for a different conflict-and-resolution pattern than characters finding love and being happy. i like my stakes a little higher.* BUT, two of my all-time favorite books are Wuthering Heights and Jude the Obscure, so gimmie a book about a doomed romance or whose characters are tragic n’ hopeless, and i’m yer tragedy-mosquito, drawn to the
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4.5 Stars

I'm having a hard time thinking about what I want to say here, but I want to get something down before this review ends up in the "review to come" abyss, never to be seen or heard from again. The irony there, right?

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Anyway...

I LOVED this book. Especially the first 220 pages.

Schwab's writing was superb. I actually have two complete series by her on my shelves and have yet to finish a single book by her...I'm hoping I didn't set myself up for constant disappoint here by making my first f
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Warda
May 22, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
August 2nd '17 — So Schwab briefly discussed this book at the authors event AND MY GOD ARE WE IN FOR A RIDE OF A STORY!!! She mentioned that this story is the closest she'll come to writing a love story. And just the concept of a girl falling in love with the devil... HOOOOW DOES SHE COME UP WITH THESE IDEAS?!!

Now, it's the agonising thing we have to do called waiting till fuckin' 2019. I better be alive.


Initial reaction:
That title though!!!
R.F. Kuang
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is pure id and i love it.
Simona B
1.5 (and please please don't look at me like that okay. I know.)(Also, mild spoilers ahead.)(Also, it's been brought to my attention that in the review below I got just a tiny bit technical at times. Sorry about that. I promise I'm not in the least trying to come off as a conceited know-it-all. It's just that, apparently, disappointment and bafflement would do that to me. I guess it's my poor excuse for a defence mechanism.)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a manifesto of the dangers of pouri
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emma
Sep 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
no, i have never enjoyed a VE Schwab book.

yes, i desperately want to read this one.

we exist
Chelsea Humphrey
Finally diving into this one!

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*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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Lea (drumsofautumn)


“It is the kinder road, to lose yourself. Like Peter, in J .M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. There, at the end, when Peter sits on the rock, the memory of Wendy Darling sliding from his mind, and it is sad, of course, to forget. But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.”

I have absolutely never made a secret of my love for Victoria Schwab and I think most people were well aware of the fact that THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE was my most anticipated release of 2020.

When I got an ARC of this
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 Teodora
me: *sees the words V.E. Schwab*

my brain: *stops everything it was doing* ...added.
myo &#x1f352; (myonna reads)
if you came here for a love story between a girl and the darkness she made a deal with, don’t even bother. i think that the story was actually pretty good but it wasn’t what it was advertised as. i thought this story would be about a girl falling in love with the devil and it wasn’t at all, which is fine but when you have so many people hyped up because we think we’re going to get the villain and the protagonist in love but you don’t write that i feel like it’s kind of cheap.

it was a love trian
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
This book is such a work of fine art. The words were so articulate, the story so amazing. The fine details are absolutely genius.. I am blown away. I have so much love for this book. It is one of my favorite books of all time ❤️

You sell your soul to the devil. What does that little contract actually entail? Well we are about to find out..Addie chose the words but the devil chose the terms. He gave her freedom, but is it really freedom? Will she walk this earth for 300 years and leave not a trace
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Lacey
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can only read this book for the first time once. Make it count.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
WOW DID I LIKE THIS A LOT. Full review to come later when I've sorted out all of my feeeeeeelings

TW: sexual assault, alcoholism, drug abuse, addiction, suicide
Lauren Lanz
This book is just gorgeous; whenever I think Schwab can't possibly get any better, she continues to raise the bar.

“It is sad, of course, to forget.
But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.
To remember when no one else does.”


There is a fervent vibrance to be found within each of V.E. Schwab’s stories. The Invisible life of Addie LaRue was no different. I hoped to remember every line I took in, and savoured every page.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Time. Time is what she asks.
It i
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Becca & The Books
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A timeless story told in lyrical prose.

So I've had hits and misses with V.E. Schwab. I was very ambivalent about the Shades of Magic series, to the point where it put me off reading more from her for years because I didn't get the hype. When I finally continued, I discovered that I love the Villains duology. So when I picked up Addie Larue, it really could have gone either way.

In this book, we follow Addie, who at 23 years old, made a deal with the devil to live forever. However, as all things o
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