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 woma ...more
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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 ...more
"Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books."
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
such a constellation this story is to me.
i honestly dont know what i could say that hasnt already been said. every positive thing you have read about this book, take it and multiply it by 100. thats how stunning this story is.
ive always been a fan of schwab. i love how atmospheric, energetic, and wholly engaging her stories are. but wow. i would have never expected her t ...more
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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. ...more
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 ...more
I feel like this book was written for me because Addie is just the most relatable independent bad bitch and the way she talks about how much she loves books, movies and New York City, yeah that’s basically my brand.
I’m not usually one to read historical fiction or fantasy but this book was magical. The writing was absolute perfection, so gorgeous I could cry just thinking about it. I love the idea of reading about a character who is cursed to be forgot ...more
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?”
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 ...more
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?
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 ...more
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a manifesto of the dangers of pouring too much of yourself in your artistic creations. Does that mean that art must be impersonal? I'm too much of a relativist to make ...more
“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 ...more
Blink, and the years fall away like leaves.
Adeline had wanted to be a tree.
To grow wild and deep, belong to no one but the ground beneath her feet, and the sky above, just like Estele. It would be an unconventional life, and perhaps a little lonely, but at least it would be hers. She would belong to no one but herself.
Day breaks like an egg yolk, spilling light across the field.
"Your freckles look like stars."...more
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 ...more
[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 ...more
It's no secret that Victoria Schwab is a well-known and widely beloved artist of the written word, and I'm a huge fan of her work, my personal favorite being Vicious. She has a way with telling stories in a lush, atmospheric manner, while keeping her stories entirely approachable to readers of all kinds, which is something I admire and respect immensely. My 3-star rating of Addie LaRue is HIGHLY subjective and a result of ...more
it was a love trian ...more
Now, it's the agonising thing we have to do called waiting till fuckin' 2019. I better be alive.
That title though!!!
“[…] It is sad, of course, to forget.
But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.
To remember when no one else does.”
Now, I was actually captivated by the beginning. Adeline LaRue makes an ill-considered Faustian bargain in 1714 with a sinisterly handsome devil/darkness god - trading her soul for the life of freedom and immortality, with a caveat that hits her like a ton of bricks rather quickly - the price of freedom is forgettability. Everyone forget ...more
“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 ...more
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