The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

“So tell me. Am I the devil or the dark? Am I a monster or a god or am I…” 

“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives–or to find strength in a very long one.” 

**Thank you to Tor publishing for giving me an ARC!**

Synopsis: Addie LaRue was born in Villon, Paris in 1691. She loved to draw and learned to pray to the old gods. She wanted to explore the world, but she was trapped by time. Until she makes a deal with a god who answers after dark. With such a deal, there is always a catch. While she is granted time and life, she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. Three hundred years she has spent being forgotten. Three hundred years and no one can say her name. But when she stumbles into a bookstore in New York, someone remembers Addie. 

Review: This is V. E. Schwab at her finest. Her story telling is done so well and it feels so personal, as if she is right there reading it to you. You can tell that this book is a piece of her. This book has both a dark tone while also having many lighthearted parts, creating a perfect balance. For me, I did not want this book to end, but the ending snuck up on me, much in the same way The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern did. I wanted it to last longer. Through Addie’s story, Schwab shows how world events, big and small, can shape a person, and how one individual can leave their mark on the world, even if no one can say their name. 

Read: 9/4/2020 – 9/19/2020 
Release date: October 6th, 2020; Tor Books 
Page count: 448 
Rating: ★★★★★ 
Genre: Fantasy 
Audience: New Adult 

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