Book Review : The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

V. E. Schwab is a great writer and no one can changed my mind about it.

I’ve read her books before and it’s AMAZING.

The moment I take notice of this book? Ha! I purchased it almost immediately.


Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Page : 448 pages
Published : 6th October 2020


A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 


“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

I’m literally dying to start this book because DID YOU READ THE BLURB?! It seems amazing already for me!


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue—  Tells the story of Addie who’s cursed to be forgotten by everyone. 300 years later, a young man recognized her.


Honestly, I’m scared to review this book. There’s so many to say about this book but at the same time, there’s not much to tell about it.

Let me begin with the story.

It was absolutely captivating. Everything about this book is captivating, including the writing, characters, ambiance, flow and so so much more.

I was immediately absorbed into the unique premises. I don’t think I’ve read any concept like this before. Cursed to be forgotten and had lived for 300 years. It piqued my interest almost immediately. 

Everything about this book is down right interesting. 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, alternate the story of the past, where Addie had still lived her life as a normal young woman and eventually to the present timeline after she’s cursed.

As a reader, we are served as Addie’s silent witness for her struggles, effort and pain she went through, throughout her lifetime for 300 years. Including Addie’s sweet and bittersweet experienced.

The book is so cleverly detailed, writing about Addie’s life line without boring me out. Reading this book feels like going through a journey. A generation after generation, with Addie to accompany alongside.

There’s so much going on in the book every time I read. Every moment is so significant.

And fragile.

Every moment is so fragile as if it might break and shattered if it’s read with too much intensity. I love how this book made me feel like Addie, desperately clinging into the memories, to not let it go, savour the feelings of the words I just read.

I truly deeply love how this book made me feel like reading a book of mist.

The words are beautifully crafted and captivating but at the same time, it’s as if a dark veil has come covering the words right after I finished reading it. 

I remember significant memories but aside that, I don’t remember much of it other than understanding and knowing that Addie has gone through hell and heaven to be present in the current timeline.


WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT

1. Historical Timeline

This book takes you going through generations after generations, miseries after miseries, revolutions after revolutions, changes after changes, timeline after timeline.

But it does not linger and focused much on history and this book definitely do not stays deep in history. Just a fleeting journey enough to take readers after one timeline to another. To see how the world changes for the better and worse. 

To feel the experience and to feel the upmost sympathy and admiration for Addie.

2. Love and Loneliness

I think for this book, this category deserves the attention.

This is the book of Addie and also the book of lonely wanderers and lonely souls who are trying to grasp and experience a sincere love to the fullest. And for this, I’m not talking only about Addie. This applies to several others characters in the book too.

More importantly, for the only young man who tells Addie, “I remember you.” right when Addie has lost all beliefs centuries ago, who never expect those three words might find its’ way to her.

Both their worlds changed and my heart burst for them.

There are also seemingly another character that I personally think, fit into this category. I’m not going to tell it here because I think it’s best to discover it during your reads.

I’m not going to ruin your reading for the sake of my review. After all, what’s the point of reading a good book if things already went predictable to you?

I very much want you to savour the feelings when you read the book.

3. Ending

I’m so afraid for the ending. I’m afraid it will ruin my entire reads. Do you know how it feels reading a 400 pages book for a week and ended up not liking the ending?

But 

I couldn’t think of any ending more perfect than this one after all that happened in the book.


MY FEELINGS

I’m so happy to be able to read this book.

It’s unique and complex. Before, I said that I found this book to be beautiful. It truly is and I feel so blessed to be able to read this book. However, I do not think this book brings out my deepest emotion yet.

There are scenes I find it to be beautiful and there are scenes that are just okay for me. But either way, I still love it and eager to finished the book because the way the story travels is so nice to read and the writing is just so captivating.

However, like I stated above, reading this book feels like reading a book of mist. There are good things and bad things being a book of mist.

I love Addie, I love her adventure and I love the story. Whenever I read, I always think the story is so captivating and whenever I stop, I will be back immediately to continue reading. 

However, whenever I stop reading, I couldn’t recall much of the story that has happened, despite just reading it half and hour ago. I remember the key points nd significant scenes but aside that, I do not seem to be remembering anything else. 

I’ll only remember, when the book brings the topic back. That way, it’ll refreshed and sparked my memory about the scenes. I do not entirely forget about it, I don’t know why, but whatever I’ve read, they are locked inside my mind, ureacheable until there are particular topic or scenes to bring it back alive.

That’s why, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a book of mist for me. And my whole feeling of reading this book is very much similar to the concept. Come as it may, gone as the wind.

This book does not overwhelmed me with emotions but it sure does tick my feelings. It’s just not the way I’ve expected, to be overwhelmed deep and hard with roller coaster ride of emotion.


I highly recommend this book to all of you. The story is no other like any book and for me, even though there’s not much I remember about the context or what happen to Addie throughout her lifetime, this is one of my most unforgettable reads ever (and that include the ending!)

“…it is sad, of course, to forget.
But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.
To remember when no one else does.”

Author: Celine

 

 

 

 

 

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