*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.
Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day.
Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him.
Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the tale of a girl who sells her soul to the devil in return for her freedom. For nearly three hundred years Addie has wandered the world being forgotten by everyone she meets, unable to even say her own name. Until one day she meets a boy who remembers.
Reading this book was an Experience™ and I’m so grateful I received an ARC of it.
If you’ve read anything by Schwab before then it won’t come as a surprise to you that this book was beautifully written. I definitly hope to re-read this one and highlight my favourite quotes and experts, something I didn’t do at the time because I was so engrossed in the story.
One spoiler free example of this amazing writing is:
Day breaks like an egg yolk, spilling yellow light across the field
How does somebody think to describe the world like that!
Schwab has a talent for words that makes the rest of us read on in awe and admiration.
As for the plot, this is by no means a fast, action packed book. It’s slow moving, focusing on the characters and their life journey’s and once I actually committed to reading it (instead of reading a page here and there), I became very intrigued.
The chapters alternate between timelines (Addie’s past and present) and POV’s which helped movie the story along and kept things interesting.
The characters themselves felt very real and I especially loved how near enough every character is LGBT+. Both main characters, Addie and Henry, spoke of having relationships with both men and women, and Henry’s friends, Bea and Robbie, are both gay.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it’s the perfect read for the coming rainy autumn months and I think if you have the patience for stories like this then you will too.
And if, after reading this, I now have a teeny-tiny crush on The Devil
(while still being totally aware that he’s terrible and manipulative, etc.) well that’s my problem.