let's review: "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab

In the last year, I've been pushing myself to read more often than in previous years. There have been days where I've wandered through the aisles of my local bookstores, glancing through titles both old and new. After reading through V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, I thought I should give another one of her titles a try and the first to appear in my hands was none other than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.


Only just released in October 2020, this fresh-faced novel is anything but when it comes to a compelling story with characters you'll quickly come to love. The level of detail and characterization throughout the novel drew me in so quickly that it wasn't long before I looked up, bleary-eyed, and realized hours seemed to fly by. When I tell you that this has already grown to become a "classic" on my bookshelf, I mean it.


The story follows the tale of one, Adeline LaRue, a French girl who's grown up within a quiet village in the 1700s. Bouncing back and forth between a number of dates, locations, and characters, we find that Adeline, one fateful night, bargains with a being beyond mortal coils for immortality, freedom, and unfortunately, the ability to be remembered by...anyone.


While some I have spoken with in person have considered this a freeing, consequence-less bargain, as they continue to read further into Addie's sad tale, they come to understand that all is not as simple as it seems. Eventually, we find ourselves following Addie in modern-day (set in 2014) New York City. Referring to herself as a "talent scout", she bounces between lovers, living quarters, and the day-to-day thievery that only one so "invisible" could get away with. That is until she attempts to steal a novel from a local bookstore and the clerk does something that no one else has in 300 years. He remembers.


From this point forward, we watch the budding romance bloom between Addie and Henry (the bookstore clerk) as the mystical nature of their lives becomes irreversibly intertwined. All this, while the looming presence of the dark, the shadow, that made the deal with Addie, to begin with, remains just on the edge of her life. Inching ever closer, year after year, decade after decade, Addie and Luc (the name given to the mystical dealmaker) are destined to come to a head as Henry uncovers more and more about this mysterious woman.


If you're looking for romantic fiction with tie-in's to historical figures, a touch of mysticism, and an ending that will leave you gasping for more, then I suggest you purchase The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as soon as possible. What's better than hearing about a fantastic new read? Learning that a director (Augustine Frizzell) has been chosen for the film adaptation. If you dug Euphoria, then prepare yourself for the same, genius mind to bring this absolutely stunning novel to the screen.

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