Like most people, one of my most anticipated releases for this year was The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I'm so happy to report that it is totally worth all the hype it's getting and I loved it so much.
|Pub Date: 10-6-20|
Adult - Fantasy
It's 1714, France, where the only thing a woman is good for is getting married and having children, but twenty-three years old, Addie LaRue, wants more. She wants to be free. So, on the night of her wedding, she panics and runs into the woods, pleading to the old gods for help, but she makes a mistake. In her desperation, she doesn't realize that the sun has gone down and night has fallen, and one should never pray to the gods who answer after dark.
When a handsome, dangerous being called the Darkness answers Addie's pleas, she's cursed to live forever, but to be forgotten by everyone she comes in contact with. She can leave no lasting impression on anyone or anything. This curse leads Addie on an incredible journey that spans centuries, but despite all the wondrous things she's seen and done, Addie longs for the comfort of being truly seen. Then one day, a man in a bookshop remembers her, and Addie's life is once again changed forever.
OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK. Within the first few pages, I knew that this was going to be a new all-time favorite. The writing is beautiful and sad, the characters are so well-developed, and the story itself is just *chefs kiss*. I adored Addie and loved seeing her journey throughout time. Not all of it was good, she went through more downs than ups, but she never lost her will and overcame everything that was thrown at her. I know a lot of people remarked on the pacing being a bit slower due to how much backstory she has, but I enjoyed it and thought it was just right. The absolute highlight though was when Addie meets Henry, and I couldn't get enough of these two precious babies (even though Addie and Luc are a delight together). Their relationship was everything and destroyed my heart and then put it back together again. This was just so stunning and atmospheric and one I know I'm going to come back to over and over again.