Book review | The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, V.E.Schwab

Book description

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. 

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. 

Note : 3 sur 5.

CWs & TWs: suicidal thoughts, death (off screen), grief, toxic relationship, mental illness, mention of suicidal attempt, sexual content, emotional abuse, drug use, panic attack, addiction, rape, alcoholism, mention of the death of parents, sexism.
Diversity: Bisexual MC, Bisexual LI & SC

This review is spoiler free


My review

Is this possible to both love a book to death and almost hate it? Because it is what is happening to me here. For you to understand this messy review better (woops), I love action, I love when stuff happen in stories, and I love plot twists. This is what I thrive on. Other people, maybe you reading this, prefer to have beautiful settings and scenes first, or amazingly built characters first, or whatever. For me, it is all about what is happening in a story, the drama, the plots, everything.

This book felt like watching the most amazing photography in a movie, but nothing was really happening. I was so deeply touched by the writing and the meanings of the scene, while being utterly frustrated because I was feeling like the story was going nowhere. Yes, I do believe it is the whole point, to have something deeply reflective and beautiful and profound, and I felt it. But I would have enjoyed it more if the urgency put at the end of the story had actually been used through the whole book.

I highlighted a LOT of things in this book, sentences, passages and on and on. Because as I told you sooner, everything is so freaking beautiful and powerful and meaningful. Some sentences brought tears to my eyes, others shocked me to the core while some passages froze my blood completely. It is Schwab’s most adult work to me so far, as it is raw and brutal and carries an honesty that stunned me. I didn’t know anything about the story before reading it, like really nothing, so of course everything was a total surprise to me. And I wouldn’t go this far as saying I was disappointed, because I wasn’t.

I feel this way about every book by the author: about to be disappointed but something is here to save the day. I think it is why I keep on reading her books. I am a peaky reader and I honestly wouldn’t have expected to like a book like this one, at all. Because, as I told you, I thrive on action and plot twist and stuff. But damn I did adore the writing and meaning and the scenes, even if in the other hands, I felt like my read lasted forever and I wouldn’t ever be able to reach the last page.

Have you read this one?

The author

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say « tom-ah-toes, » « like, » and « y’all. »

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems. (via Goodreads)

Her other works


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