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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (utgåvan 2020)

av V. E. Schwab (Författare)

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Titel:The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Författare:V. E. Schwab (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 448 pages
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue av V. E. Schwab

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Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Nov 24, 2021 |
In a moment of desperation, on the brink of being forced into marriage, a young girl pleads with the darkness to let her be free, to not be tied down by anyone. Her request is granted, but with a cruel twist. She can live forever, go where she wants, but no one will remember her after she leaves their sight, and she cannot make a mark on the world. She lives 300 years, observes history pass, wars fought, art created. One day, she walks into a bookstore and someone remembers her. This book is enthralling, and wickedly creative, weaving together past and present. It highlights the unique importance of being seen and appreciated. ( )
  meggo_waffles | Nov 20, 2021 |
This book is such a joy to read! It is my first book by Schwab and I am absolutely in love with it.
It is a story that glides through the centuries and continents. It is a love story, a historical journey, an art masterpiece and most importantly, a journey of strength and discovery.
Desperate to change her fortune, Addie La Rue prays to anyone who would listen to help her change her fate and live freely. Her prayers are answered by the darkness; and it being the darkness, things will not turn out quite as desired.
Addie finds herself living an immortal life with the caveat of being forgotten as soon as she is out of sight. Unable to leave a mark in the world, she goes on and on for centuries determined not to be bested by Luc, the embodiment of darkness.
Then, one fine day, she meets Henry, who remembers her and everything changes.
What follows is a true delight. I can’t summarise it because this book has to be read to be able to appreciate the depth of the story.
I absolutely loved the characters and am mesmerised by Luc and his relationship with Addie. So many emotions and mixed feelings!
I can only tell you to do yourself a favour and pick up this book. It is a story for the ages. ( )
  AleAleta | Nov 11, 2021 |
The Young Ms. Faust

Faust and his deal with the devil has been a tale told time and again in novels, plays, operas, and films. Generally, the tale involves a successful man, Faust, who wants to experience more deeply what the world has to offer, and often among these are the seduction of women, the Gretchen of the story. Schwab, known for her fantasy fiction, has riffed on the oft told tale, inserting a young woman, French girl Addie LaRue, into he role of Faust and a black smoke demon, Mephistopheles, she conjures as the dark, handsome, wily Luc.

When the story opens, Addie is a very young girl living in an 18th century provincial French village with little knowledge of the world beyond. But, from this young age up until she turns twenty, she realizes that she doesn’t want to live the life proscribed for women of the day. Rather, she wants to learn and experience the wonders of the world. Though Catholic, she begins to pray to what she understands to be the ancient gods. On the night of her wedding, she flees her home and makes one last pleading. After many similar pleas, a spirit appears to answer. After some bantering, he grants her wish to be free to roam the world for as long as she likes and have her fill of experiences. The one catch: nobody will remember her. This turns out to be quite a catch, indeed, for she fades from the memories of those she encounters the moment she’s out of their sight.

In the beginning, Addie, who can’t even remember her own name, finds herself adrift in a world completely alien to her. From necessity, she learns to cope through means fair and foul, and sometimes serves as artists’ inspiration. She also makes good use of her eternal time educating herself, mastering languages and reading widely. And she becomes cunning with Luc, who visits her every year of the three years of the story to see if she is ready to turn her soul over to him. There develops a romantic element between them on which turns the comeuppance of the devil.

Schwab unfolds the story slowly, perhaps a bit too slowly for some readers. Those who enjoy a blend of fantasy and romance should like this well-received novel. Others, maybe not so much.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
The Young Ms. Faust

Faust and his deal with the devil has been a tale told time and again in novels, plays, operas, and films. Generally, the tale involves a successful man, Faust, who wants to experience more deeply what the world has to offer, and often among these are the seduction of women, the Gretchen of the story. Schwab, known for her fantasy fiction, has riffed on the oft told tale, inserting a young woman, French girl Addie LaRue, into he role of Faust and a black smoke demon, Mephistopheles, she conjures as the dark, handsome, wily Luc.

When the story opens, Addie is a very young girl living in an 18th century provincial French village with little knowledge of the world beyond. But, from this young age up until she turns twenty, she realizes that she doesn’t want to live the life proscribed for women of the day. Rather, she wants to learn and experience the wonders of the world. Though Catholic, she begins to pray to what she understands to be the ancient gods. On the night of her wedding, she flees her home and makes one last pleading. After many similar pleas, a spirit appears to answer. After some bantering, he grants her wish to be free to roam the world for as long as she likes and have her fill of experiences. The one catch: nobody will remember her. This turns out to be quite a catch, indeed, for she fades from the memories of those she encounters the moment she’s out of their sight.

In the beginning, Addie, who can’t even remember her own name, finds herself adrift in a world completely alien to her. From necessity, she learns to cope through means fair and foul, and sometimes serves as artists’ inspiration. She also makes good use of her eternal time educating herself, mastering languages and reading widely. And she becomes cunning with Luc, who visits her every year of the three years of the story to see if she is ready to turn her soul over to him. There develops a romantic element between them on which turns the comeuppance of the devil.

Schwab unfolds the story slowly, perhaps a bit too slowly for some readers. Those who enjoy a blend of fantasy and romance should like this well-received novel. Others, maybe not so much.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
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This sweeping fantasy is as much a love story as it is a tribute to storytelling, art, and inspiration. Schwab’s diverse cast is beautifully rendered, and the view of human connection on offer is biting and bitter, yet introspective and sweet. This ambitious and hopeful work is a knockout.
 

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The old gods may be great, but they are neither kind nor merciful. They are fickle, unsteady as moonlight on water, or shadows in a storm. If you insist on calling them, take heed: be careful what you ask for, be willing to pay the price. And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.

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To Patricia -- For never once forgetting.
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A girl is running for her life.
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Her gaze is clear. A lighthouse through the fog. She smiles, and Henry's world goes brighter. She turns away, and it is dark again.
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