Rating: 5 / 5
After my friend Des @theboozy.reader on Bookstagram raved about THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab, I ordered the special Owlcrate edition. Several other friends encouraged me to read it ASAP, so I added it to my December reading to finish off 2020 well!
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE primarily follows the title character. In 1714 France, Addie’s family is about to marry her off and Addie despairs over her lack of freedom to live her own life. In a moment of desperation, she reaches out to the gods who answer after dark and she makes a bargain for freedom. She now has unlimited time to live her life free, but there’s a significant catch. Addie can leave no lasting impression on the world and she will never be remembered… Until one day, all these years later, she meets a man named Henry who remembers her.
There have been no shortage of fantastic reviews for this novel and I was worried that this book would not live up to the hype. Turns out, no worry was needed. I was immediately hooked into V.E. Schwab’s writing in this novel and Addie’s story. I have been buddy reading the Shades of Magic trilogy in the last few months of the year and was already becoming a Schwab fan, but this really sealed the deal!
This is a hard book to define in terms of genre – there is some historical fiction, some fantasy, a little romance. This is very character driven and beautifully written. I loved all the little aspects that the author included. For instance, Addie isn’t too concerned about spilling red wine on a white couch because her ‘condition’ won’t allow her to leave a mark. There is an excellent balance between the logic of the rules of her bargain with darkness and loopholes that she finds to keep herself engaged with life.
If you haven’t picked this one up, I highly encourage it. It wound up being my top read of December and definitely one of my top reads for 2020!