Author – V. E. Schwab
Genre – Historical/Fantasy
Page Count – 448 pages
V. E. Schwab is a master at spinning fantasy and with a title like The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, I couldn’t help but be excited about it for months.
1614. Adeline LaRue dreams of being so much more and doing so much better. But the confines of time and social expectations have her bound to her home in Villon and soon to married to man she does not care for.
In a desperate attempt to claim her freedom, she accidently does exactly what her mentor had specifically asked her not to do – make a deal with a god who answers after dark.
She has lived the life of a ghost for 300 years now, flitting from one place to another, never having roots. Until one day she meets Henry, who not only remembers her the next time she meets him but also has a secret of his own.
SOME THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
The story is absolutely intriguing as it alternately travels between the present and past to unravel the life Addie has been living since she made the deal.
It is the kind of book which needs to be read in one sitting because you need to know what happens next.
The idea that the things we might want from the bottom of our hearts might not have the desired effect rings deep in the book. Addie desires and honestly deserves her freedom but the price she pays for it is her impact on other people’s memories. Henry wants to be loved and be enough for people but at the price of never knowing what is genuine.
Addie LaRue is about loneliness and longing and every page and every line does justice to the message and the theme of the book.
THINGS I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
I wish I could say that I loved every moment of the book but somewhere around the halfway mark, I began to lose interest.
The book is around 450 pages long and could have been shorter. There are too many repetitive moments especially between Addie and Luc, the god she makes the deal with.
The setting and the years change but the essential idea remains the same.
I don’t know if its a good thing or bad but the ending is bittersweet and those hoping for a perfect wrap to the life of Addie LaRue might not be able to get in the form they want, but there IS a wrap.
This book is for the fans of Schwab and those who like their romances different from the regular tropes.