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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

av V. E. Schwab

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Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.
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{stand alone; fantasy, urban fantasy}

I'm reviewing this book now, months after having read it. This one stays with you, in a good way.

Adeline LaRue was born at the end of the 17th century to a peasant couple in rural France. Curious and clever, she was given a little more freedom than most girls of her station and so she was allowed to drive in to the nearby town with her father when he went to trade and she spent time with Estelle, an old, independent woman who might be considered a witch. And so in 1714 at the age of 23, long after girls in her position should have been married, when Addie is promised (just because she's the only female available) to a man she cannot imagine spending the rest of her life with - thereby committing to a circumscribed life - in desperation she makes a deal with the darkness (an old god who claims he is not God or the devil) trading her soul for a chance to belong to no one but herself and explore the world.

They say never ask for what you want because you might just get it.

And so Addie lives indefinitely but is remembered by no-one, once she leaves their sight.

I found this an intriguing concept and wrestled with the issues that being out of sight and literally out of mind brings. No one remembers Addie - not her parents or her friends; not any employers or landlords or boyfriends. Until Henry in 2014.

I liked the interesting twist to the end. I thought it was amusing the way Schwab denotes her protagonists (and Addie's lovers) 'girl' and 'boy' even though Addie (at 300+ years) is frozen at 23 years old and Henry is about 30 years old.

Sweeping; the narrative is set over more than 300 years and across the world. There is an impending sense of doom because the book starts in 1714 and follows Addie's long life but is interspersed with chapters from 2014 so you know there must be an ending soon. And you know that Addie must surrender her soul once she is tired of living ...

I like the way Addie never gives up fighting even though she loses almost everything. But the darkness is always waiting for her.

(April 2023)
4 stars ( )
  humouress | Feb 25, 2024 |
Tbh I wanted immortals who were a little more interesting, SORRY.
  hannerwell | Feb 24, 2024 |
4.5 rounded up.
I think this is taking the top spot on my list of favorite Schwab books. This is a slowwww-burn of a more character-driven novel that jumps back and forth in time over the course of 300 years, and while those elements aren't going to be for everyone, I personally really loved it! Watching each little piece of the story falling into place in different cities and years made me feel like I was embarked on this adventure with Addie, like a little ghost watching over her shoulder. The story as a whole reminded me of Erin Morgenstern's "The Starless Sea" but with a more paranormal, slightly angsty vibe.
The ending was a little disappointing in some ways; I think it was the most predictable route that could have been taken, and although it was executed well enough, I thought the finale needed a little more pizazz and unexpectedness to really top it all off. If someone had given me the synopsis and a rundown of the key elements of the story, I could have easily guessed the ending without reading the book. BUT that fact didn't spoil the rest of it for me! I would definitely reread "Addie LaRue" and I think it's the best Schwab story yet. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
Meh. As is usually the case, this book does not deserve the hype as far as I'm concerned. The discussions and questions you can have during this book are interesting if you have people to do so with, but if I had read this on my own and not as a buddy read I absolutely would have stopped by 30% of the way through when nothing had happened yet. I'd say it wasn't really until 65% of the way that there was some kind of tension or issue that appeared. Up to that it was just kind of looking at their daily lives, which admittedly bored the heck out of me.

This book is one very long character study with a wisp of philosophy and sociology through in, but as far as a driving conflict or tension, there really isn't one for the majority. If you're cool with that, then you'll probably be into this book. There were some kind of interesting topics brought up that if you can discuss with others are interesting -- loneliness, legacy, ethics -- but otherwise this is basically the opposite of a page-turner. It was generally okay once I started reading it, but it was never the book I was excited to pick back up. 🤷‍♀️

I also didn't especially like either of the main characters. Our third side-main character who gets some more screen time in the last quarter, however, was fascinating. I'm kind of sad there wasn't more of that interaction and learning the backstory there, but oh well. Henry was very gloomy and pathetic, and so far the opposite of Addie that there's no way they'd ever relate outside these circumstances. Addie, for her part, is incredibly prideful and that appears to be her main motivation, along with spite. Neither of those are very pretty character traits, which is fine, but it definitely kept me from rooting for either of them very much. 

Overall I enjoyed it more than I expected to, but still was just okay at best for me. ( )
  Jenniferforjoy | Jan 29, 2024 |
17 hr audio book version. Addie sells her life to the devil. The deal makes her unable to be remembered by all she meets. We follow her over 300 years. In 2014 she meets Henry who, to her amazement, is able to remember her. We learn that he, too, sold his life to the devil. The devil and he make a deal that causes people to be drawn to him and see him as a successful person, but it is to last only for one year. Addie surrenders her life to the devil in exchange for Henry?s, but her deal is renegotiated to stay by the devil?s side for as long as he wants her. She knows that he will tire of her in time and then be set free. A good story with a feel-good ending. Kirkus: When you deal with the darkness, everything has a price.?Never pray to the gods that answer after dark.? Adeline tried to heed this warning, but she was desperate to escape a wedding she didn?t want and a life spent trapped in a small town. So desperate that she didn?t notice the sun going down. And so she made a deal: For freedom, and time, she will surrender her soul when she no longer wants to live. But freedom came at a cost. Adeline didn?t want to belong to anyone; now she is forgotten every time she slips out of sight. She has spent 300 years living like a ghost, unable even to speak her own name. She has affairs with both men and women, but she can never have a comfortable intimacy built over timeonly the giddy rush of a first meeting, over and over again. So when she meets a boy who, impossibly, remembers her, she can?t walk away. What Addie doesn?t know is why Henry is the first person in 300 years who can remember her. Or why Henry finds her as compelling as she finds him. And, of course, she doesn?t know how the devil she made a deal with will react if he learns that the rules of their 300-year-long game have changed. This spellbinding story unspools in multiple timelines as Addie moves through history, learning the rules of her curse and the whims of her captor. Meanwhile, both Addie and the reader get to know Henry and understand what sets him apart. This is the kind of book you stay up all night reading¥rich and satisfying and strange and impeccably crafted.Spanning centuries and continents, this is a darkly romantic and suspenseful tale by a writer at the top of her game.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
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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.

Estele Magritte, 1642-1719
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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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