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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab [Book Review]

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Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V.E. Schwab

Rating:  (3.5/5)

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Source: Personal Purchase for Book Club

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 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.

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Ok, so being that so many people had raved about this book on bookstagram, many saying that it brought them to tears and such, I decided to have this be my first V.E. Schwab book (ya, I know, I’m a bit behind in reading the more “popular” authors’ work). I really really wanted to love this one, but, uh, it fell short…by a lot.

The premise for this was so strong, I mean, Addie gets to live forever and you watch as she encounters the changing world, and dealing with people who will never remember her. With this in mind, I really didn’t care for the flashbacks of her life, which I thought was a huge part but really I thought it took away from the story (sorry).

The beginning was slow.as.heck. Oh my gosh if I didn’t make it to page 200 where I found it picked up, this would have been a DNF or a ‘come back to later’ book, but really I pushed through it since this is the first book that my Book Club chose to read for the year.

Addie and Henry were OK; I disliked Henry more and really I could have done without him 🤷🏻‍♀️Addie was a ‘no shit’ type person, but there were off points to her. Now, the “villain” Luc? Yes, I loved him and I would like 10 of him please👌🏼

Overall, I thought I would have liked this more, and while I can see how people really enjoyed it, this one was not for me. It a beautiful book and the ending took me slightly by surprise, but it fell flat.

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