(Note: I KNOW this book has been reviewed to death. But I couldn’t help myself. So here is the review absolutely no one needs or has asked for- there is also slight spoilers).
Review in 10 words: Whimsical, beautiful and magical. A book that lets you escape. 5/5
How to consume: Gently. I would pour myself a sweet cider, maybe a champagne if you’re feeling fancy. Find yourself a quiet corner. Or better yet a shady tree to snuggle into.
Beats: The Reading Romance playlist by Anna Ceclilia
‘What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?‘
Addie makes a bargain the night of her would be wedding that will change her life forever. She is granted her wish of living free and belonging to no one, but at what cost?
The book follows Addie’s extraordinary life whilst showing us the importance of a name, and the extraordinary power of being remembered.
‘It is sad, of course, to forget. But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.’
This was my first experience of reading V.E Schwab and I now plan to devour several more of her works! At some points in the story I felt warm and gooey on the inside, at others I had goosebumps or needed to take a minute before reading more of the story. In one particular part I felt my mouth flail open like I was a fish.
What stuck out for me was how real and raw Addie’s relationship with Luc felt. I understood how even a strong woman like Addie could fall prey to the darkness of others. That feeling of embarrassment when you realise someone has played you and the white hot anger that produces. The dynamic contrasted so well to her relationship with Henry.
It is rare I reread lines of books, let alone full paragraphs. But some pieces of The invisible life of Addie LaRue needed to be devoured twice. Who knew three words, “I remember you,” would warrant being read over and over?
“It is the seam between winter and spring—though seam suggests an even hem, and March is more like a rough line of stitches sewn by an unsteady hand, swinging wildly between January gusts and June greens.”
The beginning of the story immediately drew me in. I wanted to know Addie. I wanted to meet her (even though I would never remember it). The exploration of Henry’s battle with depression was also unique and was written in a way I had not seen before. It felt authentic and added a depth to his character.
This book occupied my thoughts for days. When I wasn’t reading it I would find myself thinking about it- on the bus, before going to sleep, drinking coffee in the morning. Did I envy Addie? Was her life terrifying or exciting to me? Would I make the same decision? Haven’t we all wanted a better life than the one laid out for us? Was making the deal for Henry worth it? How would he spend his new found life? AND I WANT TO SEE HOW SHE GETS REVENGE ON LUC DAMMIT!
“If she must grow roots, she would rather be left to flourish wild instead of pruned, would rather stand alone, allowed to grow beneath the open sky. Better that than firewood, cut down just to burn in someone else’s hearth.”
Schwab seamlessly transitioned between past and present. Never at any point did it feel unclear or messy in the writing and I was captivated throughout. The story was subtle and then it hit all at once. Heck I may even reread this one.
Devour if you need to reignite your love for historical and contemporary fiction.
Have you read Addie? And where should I continue this new found love for V.E. Schwab? I am trying to decide between Shades of Magic or Villains..