The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab is an adult fiction novel about live, the decisions we make in the moment and the regrets that follow.
If you could live forever, unaging and unchanging, but never making a lasting impression on anyone, what would you do? When Addie LaRue, desperate to be more than a wife and mother, makes a deal with the dark to live forever, she wasn’t ready for the consequences of that wish.
It is France 1714, and with one foolish wish, Addie is destined to walk the earth forever but be forgotten by everyone she sees. She becomes a ghost, stepping in and out of peoples lives without being “seen” by anyone. Taunted by the Dark throughout the centuries.
In over 300 years, no one has been able to remember her until a boy named Henry catches her stealing a book and everything changes.
V.E. Schwab always creates such wonderful worlds and dynamic characters and that is just what she does with Addie LaRue. Addie starts out as this lost girl wanting to escape the domestic role the times demand but from the moment she makes a deal with the darkness to live, she begins to transform into this complex creature. Even the Darkness, or Luke as Addie calls him, has a depth to him and I love Addie and Luke’s tête-à-têtes throughout the novel. The back an forth jabs and the evolution of their relationship was great.
I wasn’t, however, overly impressed with Henry’s character. His curse was interesting but the chapters where he took over the narrative, especially that long bit in the middle, weren’t as captivating for me.
But that ending! Loved it!
This one gets 4 stars from me.
That’s all for now!