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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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I read this book so long ago, but so many details have been burned in my brain for years. This felt a bit like a twisted Grimm fair tale, where Addie is given the “gift” of living forever, with the curse of having everyone she meets forget her completely the second she is out of their sight. Addie’s story was so intriguing and heartbreaking, and I could have read a whole book of just her life throughout the millennia as she navigates such a lonely existence. The book was only made more interesting when she met Henry, the only person who is able to remember her. I loved their love, though to be honest I did wonder how much of her love was born out of the fact that he was the only person she could truly form a connection to. This book was so twisty and lovely and sad, and that ending was so unexpected and fun. I love Addie!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advance copy of this title in exchange for honest feedback

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Beautiful prose, a stunning story, another all time favorite from Schwab.
One of those novels that when you finish you want to flip right back to page 1.

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I love Victoria Schwab. This was not my favorite novel by her. I know that so many people love this book, but for me, it was just alright. I kept waiting for more to happen and when it didn't, it made the novel a slog to get through.

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This book was so good. Beautifully written. It was long, but I would have read 1000 more pages if I'd had them.

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This is such a beautiful story and I truly loved it.

BUT it took me way too long to read it and the ending was a little disappointing because I wanted her to end up with Luc. Sorry, not sorry.

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4.5 stars really.

What I liked about this book most were its themes. It explores the idea of freedom vs. connection and the idea around what being loved really means.

This is mostly Addie's book. The book hops all over time, beginning in New York City in 2014. There, Addie is living her life, finding ways to make her life have meaning even if she is doomed to be forgotten by all who meet her as soon as she leaves their sight. (What about animals? This is never brought up and I really wondered about it. Could Addie have a pet?) Addie has found a way to leave an impact upon the world despite a curse that doesn't allow her to make any changes to it. She is a muse to artists and those artists create works that show her impression upon them. I was fascinated by Addie and her curse. In flashbacks we see how she learns the parameters of her curse and how her relationship with the being that bestowed the curse upon her develops.

There's a romance here too. Addie finds that Henry (why do so many romance writers like this name?) does remember her and it's because of a curse of his own. Henry has asked to be loved, but that love means that the people he meets overlay their perception of him with whatever their ideal person is and never truly see him at all, in a curse that is sort of a parallel of Addie's. What I liked most about Henry is how the author described his depression "storms". That felt real to me as someone who deals with depression. I'm not sure her depiction of addiction was as accurate.

Addie's story is great! Henry's, maybe not so much. These two end up as a couple because they can't end up with anyone else, and that feels like a bit of a cheat to me. Their choices have still essentially have been taken away. It's each other or nothing at all. And I'm not sure that Addie loved Henry yet. And I'm not sure that the way her relationship with the supernatural power that created the whole situation ended up is great either.

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As much as I wanted to love this book, I think it was either too hyped, or just not for me. V. E. Schwab is obviously a very talented writer, and her prose is beautiful, but that is really all there is to this novel. The plot is very sparse, and I found the characters to be uninteresting. I was very excited for Addie’s journey through time, and the possibilities of living through all of those important moments in history, but there was none of that. She was merely a bystander as history unfolded around her. These seemed like a missed opportunity for me, but obviously that’s not what the Schwab wanted this story to be about.

While those are my feelings about the novel, I can recognize the fact that I’m in the minority here, and that most people will love this title, which is why I will recommend it during reader’s advisory.

Thank you to NetGalley, Tor Books, and V. E. Schwab for sending me the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This book still speaks to my soul even years later. The way this book makes me feel seen is utterly magical.

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One of my favorite reads of the year. Such rich story telling. The character development and the plot just really drove it home for me

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It kind of breaks my heart to say this but I just did not like this book. Not once did I connect to a character, and worse, I just didn't *care*. I adore Schwab's writing and I love the way she creates her characters—so much attention and care go into them. And yet it did absolutely nothing for me. This was a challenge for me to finish—it just DRAGGED.

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Everything written from Victoria is a masterpiece ! This is my all time favorite book and it has a special place in my heart

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I wanted to love this book so much, but I just couldn't get into it. I found Addie irritating and difficult to connect with and I just didn't care what happened to her.

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It is easy to see why this book was all over the place and seriously hyped up. Although really it was not hype, just facts. This book is well written and based on a very interesting premise. Even folks who are not big fantasy type fans could surely enjoy it, and it might be a great introduction to the author.

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This one has my whole heart. As someone who hasn't loved other works by this author, i went it a little skeptical about this one, but i was pleasantly surprised. I would even go to say this is one of my favourite books of all time.

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This book is an absolute masterpiece and I will be recommending it to all my friends.

What happens when you make a deal with the devil? Addie La Rue knows all too well. She lives her life from moment, being seen and known only for as long as it takes a person to turn their head. In that instant she is forgotten, never to be remembered by anyone anywhere.

Then Addie meets Henry, and he remembers her.

I loved the storytelling in this one, and V.E. Schwab does an amazing job of taking us through Addie's life, and helping realize the importance of being seen, and leaving your mark on the world.

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I've always wanted to read a book by V.E. Schwab and now I get it, I really do. She has a way with words - they seduce you in, enrapture and then smother you with the feelings of serenity, sorrow, joy, pain, and wonder.

When a girl inadvertently trades for freedom, she gets immortality at a price of being hidden in the shadows, unremembered by name and face. It's in the way that Schwab presents her ideas in the time passed and the loneliness in which Adeline wanders through the centuries that really make this book unique and oh so very breath-taking. Like time, there was an easy sense of fluidity in the narration and the characters. This is one of those books where nothing happens yet everything happens (which I usually despise!), but The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue opens up to let you go with the flow and savour the moment you're in. I was drawn in from the beginning and just needed to be with Addie.

I feel like there's still so much more story to tell of her, not just the gaps in her immortal life but also of the future with the way it ends. It's an ode to memories, to love and freedom, to happiness and to art. And for that, I will always remember Addie.

"I can't hold a pen. I can't tell a story. I can't wield a weapon, or make someone remember. But art", she says with a quieter smile, "art is about ideas. And ideas are wilder than memories. They're like weeds, always finding their way up."

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I’m not even sure what to say about this one. It’s Schwab, so yeah, the writing was absolutely gorgeous and lyrical and delivered some hard-hitting, beautiful one-liners. The game of back and forth and give and take between Addie and the antagonist was *chef’s kiss* by the end. I will say that the story is non-linear and told from multiple perspectives, so I sometimes had trouble following along with who and when we were and what was going on, or I sometimes lost threads because we’d be one place and jump to another for several chapters and then resume back where we were. That’s more my ADHD brain than anything, though. I always struggle with that.

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THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020. Needless to say V. E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. I cannot put my finger on why, but Addie LaRue was a let down. No one is more disappointed than me. The premises held so much potential. I think it may have been the need to suspend disbelief too many times while reading and therefore being taken out of the story too much.

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What a lush and engrossing book. I knew it would be a favorite partway through, and confirmed that upon finishing. The authors work keeps getting better and I’m here for it.

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