The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, a review by Cat

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 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By: V.E. Schwab

 Fantasy, Historical Fiction
448 Pages

 Published October 6th, 2020 by Tor Books

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Once upon a time, there was a young woman who wanted nothing more than to be free. Young Addie LaRue, born and raised in France during the early 1700s, didn’t want to be married off. She didn’t want to be married at all.

So she made a deal with the devil. She would be free, and she could live forever. Like all deals, hers came with a price. Forevermore will she never be remembered. She cannot leave a direct mark on the world. She can only exist within it.

For months I have been hearing nothing but positive things about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. V.E. Schwab herself expressed that it was very much a labor of love for her, taking near a decade to reach this point.

Having finally read it myself, I can honestly tell you that, in my mind, all of that gushing was an understatement. I utterly fell in love with Addie’s story. It is beautiful and powerful all in one, showcasing the best of humanity, and all the struggles one can conquer, with enough determination.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is lushly written, with every detail carrying within it has hidden meaning. It’s one of those novels that builds slowly, until you find yourself completely devoured by the pages themselves.

There is no doubt in my mind that The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is going down as one of my favorites from 2020, if not the decade. It’s a moment of brightness in what has otherwise been a pretty rough year, all things considered.


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