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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V. E. Schwab

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Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.
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  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
I first read Addie years ago and it’s lingered in my mind since then. I loved it even more the second time. Not just a good story and fantastic characters, the way the story is told is exceptional. ( )
  dinahmine | May 15, 2024 |
Schwab created an interesting take on a time-travel story which crossed with the trope of selling your soul to the devil. The main theme of the story seems to be what happens when people have their wishes granted and the unanticipated consequences of those wishes. Addie finds that living her life as she wishes and for as long as she wishes results in her being absolutely forgettable by (nearly) everyone she meets. However, even with that consequence it eventually becomes clear that Addie does leave an impression on time in the form of art and ultimately words. Once she and Henry meet up, the pace of the story seems to pick up but it takes a bit to get there. There were a feel stretches of the narrative that dragged and seemed misplaced (or unnecessary) until I learned that Henry wrote down Addie's story. At that point, it made sense that Addie would have shared these seemingly out of place events from your life with Henry. This is also the point where it becomes quite obvious that this novel could potentially be considered a "dear reader" or found-manuscript story. ( )
  GrammaPollyReads | May 9, 2024 |
I waffled between 4 and 5 stars on this book, but ended up giving it 5 stars. I was waffling between the two because it was a exceptionally well written piece, and I absolutely loved the characters, it was first and foremost a romance novel. As such, it's not really my cup of team normally. I think it's a testament to the quality of the writing and the story that I finished the book anyway.

As someone who's not a fan of romance, because Schwab was able to draw me in enough to finish the book means that it was really a great piece of literature. The world building and the premise were both great, and I always love a strong female lead.

Overall, I'm not sure it's a book I would recommend if you are a fan of Schwab's other work, but only because while it has the characteristic thread of darkness through the story, it's a very different kind of story than her other work. But it's a worthy piece on its own, and worth your time. Just remember, it's a supernatural romance and if you go in with that expectation, I'm sure you'll enjoy the story. ( )
  Wayist | Apr 29, 2024 |
dnf, maybe come back to it later ( )
  staygoldsunshine | Apr 23, 2024 |
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Staehle, WillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, JuliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The old gods may be great, but they are neither kind nor merciful. They are fickle, unsteady as moonlight on water, or shadows in a storm. If you insist on calling them, take heed: be careful what you ask for, be willing to pay the price. And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.

Estele Magritte, 1642-1719
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To Patricia -- For never once forgetting.
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A girl is running for her life.
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Her gaze is clear. A lighthouse through the fog. She smiles, and Henry's world goes brighter. She turns away, and it is dark again.
What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?
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Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.

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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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