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Exquisite + Outstanding: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

Such an outstanding novel!

by V.E. Schwab
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 6th 2020 by Tor Books
Source: Publisher via Mail
Rating: ★★★
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.
If a person cannot leave a mark, do they exist?

Addie, a girl with seven freckles, is our main character, a girl with big dreams, wanting to one day leave her small town behind. Unfortunately, that's not the life her family wants for her. Addie desperately wishes to have freedom. At one point in her life, she got told to never pray to the gods that answer after dark, something Addie kept reminding herself of until her freedom was about to be taken from her. She ends up praying and a god answers her. She's so desperate for her freedom that she agrees to give her life to the god once she has lived it to its full capacity, not knowing that the god would have a trick up his sleeve.

I related a lot to Addie in terms of wanting to experience life and wanting to have that freedom to do so. It honestly broke my heart to see her struggling to try to live the life her family wanted for her and realizing that that life wasn't for her.

They look at you and see whatever they want . . . Because they don't see you at all.

Luc is our god in the story. I was beyond intrigued by him. I truly wanted to know more about him because his character is so alluring and enchanting. But he's definitely a god you do not want to pray to, not even when you're desperate. He will entrap you and he will be the only one with the upper hand. Even then, I wanted more about him! I have a thing for villains, apparently. But he just played the villain character so exquisitely well!

"[...] in every lifetime, you will be forgotten. [...] Your life is meaningless. The years will be like weights around your ankles. They will crush you, bit by bit, and when you cannot stand it, you will beg me to put you from your misery."

I'm still trying to process this magical story. VE Schwab, what have you done?

First of all, can we talk about the outstanding world-building? You can definitely tell this is a story Schwab poured years into. It is so fleshed out and extremely developed in the best way possible. Schwab's writing truly is magnificent---chef's kiss worthy! The fact that this was written by Schwab, an author I finally read this year and loved, plus the unique spin to immortality had me desperately wanting to devour this novel. 

She has had three hundred years to study, and she will make a masterpiece of his regret.

As I mentioned earlier, the writing truly is marvelous, but the story at times did fall flat. I believe the story could have done without a lot of things that were very basic and wouldn't contribute much to the story. I felt like it was dragged out, including way too many details that weren't necessarily needed. 

Addie's character was one that while it was dynamic, it would also be flat. I know, how can that happen? Well, Addie took to heart being forgotten, to the point that instead of trying to have any type of interests to experience life to the max, she focused a lot on her immortality and being forgotten. Because of this, she wasn't experiencing life as she should have. I also felt like she gave way too much focus to things and people that weren't of importance. To sum it up, all you really know of Addie is that she has seven freckles, she's forgotten by everyone she meets, she hopes to find someone who will remember her. Aside from that, there's not much to Addie's character, which is unfortunate.

I have to admit I expected more, but I'm pretty content with it. Despite the cons I experienced, I will continue to praise the writing and the story-telling. Schwab really lured me in and had me enjoying the story more than I would have. The ending was amazing! I couldn't believe the spins and twists Schwab crafted for us. I read those last few pages various times because I was so shocked with the outcome! It's truly an ending you do not want to miss out on. Yes, I'm still recommending this book! 

Overall, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a unique story on immortality, with a fantasy twist you won't want to miss out on. Schwab's talent for crafting sentimental stories and story-telling made The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue stand out. Do give Addie a chance. You won't regret it. I cannot wait to watch this story come to the big screen!

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