Saturday 10 October 2020

Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab (Fantasy)

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 1 October 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Bought Copy

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.

I think it's fair to say that I have found my favourite book of 2020. Since I've loved every book by V. E. Schwab so far, I expected great things from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I wasn't disappointed. This is a masterful story with delightful prose, perfect pacing, and a heroine who will capture your heart and your imagination. As always with Schwab's characters, I found so much relatable in Addie, and Henry too. From their strengths to their flaws, they are believable, perfectly crafted characters. I won't say too much about the plot as I don't want to bring in any spoilers, but I can say it held my attention from start to finish and made me wish I could keep turning a few more pages when the time came to set the book aside and go to sleep. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a book that I can see myself rereading again and again.

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