Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: October 6th, 2020
Synopsis: 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 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.
As I do my final read-through on this book, a story nearly ten 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.
~ Message from V.E. Schwab on Goodreads ~
I’ve been truly blessed with the number of fantastic eARCS I’ve been approved for this year, but my goodness…two days and almost 500 pages, of being swept away into the captivating The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I find myself at a loss to come up with enough superlatives to express my love of this book. This sumptuous and gorgeously told tale ticked all my boxes: swoon-worthy romance, devilish yet perversely charming villain, feisty heroine, beautifully detailed world building, twists and turns aplenty, and overall, just an exquisite story that will have you laughing, crying, and holding your breath right up to the bittersweet ending.
What she needs are stories. Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered. And to forget. Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books. Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.
With the first quote, V.E. Schwab shares how much of herself she put into this book and all that work and passion certainly shows. The Strange Life of Addie LaRue is the eleventh book I’ve read by her, and I believe she may have outdone herself. It truly is a literary masterpiece and the characters and their stories will wring every drop of emotion from you. You’re going to want to make time for this guys, particularly if you’re a fan of books and films such as The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Age of Adaline. Trust me. Get your preorders or library holds in now because this is a magical reading experience you don’t want to miss!