The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab
Apr 30, 2022

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a novel with elements of historical fiction and magical realism. Addie is a young woman, born in sixteenth-century France. She hates the life set out for her: never leaving the village, never seeing anything new. She refuses to resign herself to a life of marriage and children; on her wedding night, she takes a risk. By praying to the old gods who answer after dark, she falls under a curse to be forgotten forever unless she agrees to give up her soul. Addie can now experience anything and everything, but never leave a lasting impact on the world. At least, that’s what she thinks for three hundred years - until she meets a boy in a bookstore who remembers her. But the demon who cursed her refuses to allow her to fall in love with anyone but him.

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s a bit long, but I devoured it in about three days. The language is beautiful but easy to understand and flows across the page. The twists and turns of the interaction between Addie and Luc (the demon/devil) kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. I was a bit disappointed by the ending (I wanted the characters to end up together happily), but the plot twist, Addie’s cunning, and the events of the time-skip made the ending satisfying nonetheless. I would recommend this book to anyone at all, I truly believe that there is no one out there who wouldn’t enjoy it. I give it four stars.

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Mariam S.

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