The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
By V. E. Schwab
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, LGBTQ+, Magical Realism
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.
Ok, first off I would like to say sorry to everyone who absolutely loves this book - but it just did not do it for me. This book took me forever to get through and I had no problem setting it down. I kept pushing forward because of all the raving reviews and thinking it would get better - but it didn't. The concept was interesting enough, the girl makes deal with a demon and ends up immortal but no one can remember her.
I have read a few of Schwab's books and usually love her writing. I just never felt like I could connect with the characters and felt like the story went nowhere. It was just her wandering around town for half the book with flashbacks to her life in France. No one can remember her and she just wanders through houses and around New York. Then enters Henry, the boy who actually can remember her. I did not like this character at all, he seemed a little whiny to me. Their relationship grows but I just never felt like there was any chemistry between the two of them.
Overall, I pushed through to the end but still ended up highly disappointed. The ending left me with more questions than answers and nothing exciting happened. Sorry bookstagram but this one earned a 2-star for me. If I could go back and unread this and spend my time on something else I would.