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Every once in a while, you come across a book that when you’re reading it you think “wow, this book is going to stay with me forever” and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was one of them.
I can’t write enough about how much I loved this book. Like, I really, really loved this book. So much so that it has gone straight into my top 5.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is about a girl who gets cursed by the devil to external life, but nobody remembers her.
In a few ways, it reminds me of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. Not because the plots are similar at all, but I had that same magical, ethereal feeling reading them both. I felt like I was transported right into Addie’s world, and the writing was so visual that I could really imagine myself where she was at all times. This book made it so easy to picture what was going on, I could see everything so clearly.
What I loved most about this book was the fact that, in a sense, Addie does leave her mark on the world through art, and I love the thought of so many artists being inspired by a girl who they cannot remember. It’s a really beautiful and poetic book when you think of it that way.
I really enjoyed navigating Addie’s life with her, but through the third person narrative you get the sense that you don’t really know her, which makes so much sense when you come to the end. You get the sense that Addie is just out of reach, or that you’re watching her life go by and she doesn’t know you’re there.
What I didn’t expect from this book is for the devil (or ‘Luc’) to be such a prominent figure throughout. It wasn’t until about halfway through when I realised that Luc is more important than I first thought, and I actually grew to quite like him at the same time Addie grew to like him too.
Schwab did an amazing job of building the sexual tension between Addie and Luc in a way that felt really natural. Sometimes, romances between the ‘hero’ and the ‘villian’ can feel super forced, but it didn’t here. It also didn’t come out of nowhere and take me by surprise either, you could feel something building for quite a while. Basically, Schwab had me right where she wants the reader at all times.
It isn’t often that I feel like books have a perfect ending, but I can’t imagine a more perfect ending for this book. It was bittersweet, but also a lovely surprise too.
I adored this book so much and it is one that I’m going to treasure forever.