The invisible Life of Addie Larue pdf book is a fantasy romance novel by V.E Schwab.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue Summary
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.
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About V.E. Schwab Author of The invisible life of Addie Larue pdf Book
Victoria Elizabeth (V. E.) Schwab author of The invisible life of Addie Larue pdf Book (born July 7, 1987) is an American writer and Content Creator. “V.E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed novel The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, the Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.
The invisible life of Addie Larue pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Tor Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765387565
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765387561
- Lexile measure : 900L
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.55 x 9.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #47 in Historical Fantasy (Books)
- #143 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
- #205 in Romantic Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 54,546 ratings
The invisible life of Addie Larue Reviews (Amazon.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more complex than a romance between a human and a devil
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
In an act of desperation, Addie LaRue makes a deal with a devil to live forever but in exchange no one will ever remember her. She then learns the loneliness that is a life where everyone forgets you. It’s not until 300 years later that she does meet someone who actually remembers her, a 28 year old man named Henry.
This is a very slow-paced novel. Ms. Schwab takes her time to fully introduce Addie so you can understand her character– why Addie makes a deal in the first place. She then takes her time to allow you to feel what Addie feels– the unrelenting loneliness and what it means to live for 300 years. I found myself overtime emphasizing Addie’s burden, and was happy when she finally meets Henry. I couldn’t help but ship them together in hopes of a sweet romance with a happy ending. Then there is the mystery of why Henry can remember her– why does a man 300 years from Addie’s original life have this ability? Is it fate that they met? The technique that Ms. Schwab uses to slowly reveal all the mysteries is by alternating chapters between the past to present, which in this case is the year 2014. I’ve always wanted a good story involving both past and present point-of-views to show how a past from long ago affects the present, and the order of everything told here helped me understand Addie’s motivations, feelings, and responses. I really appreciated the execution.
I believe I heard this novel pitched as a hate to love romance between a human and a devil. I would like to clarify that it is much more complex than that. The devil character himself is never necessarily referred to as such, and he is a very dark character that you’ll meet through Addie’s past. He is dangerous and not to be taken lightly.
I’m very happy that I read this book. I’ve read a few of Ms. Schwab’s other novels and while the pitch behind them have been amazing, the execution has been a little flat for me personally. Ms. Schwab has really grown as a writer with this one however, and I will definitely continue to pick up her books.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a story for everyone, and it’s one for the ages
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
It’s hard to put into words the emotions this book has made me feel, and this is coming 4 months after having read it. I still think about this story daily, the raw emotion that was poured into this book is absolutely astounding. Addie LaRue may be a girl that everyone is destined to forget, but she’s not someone I will ever forget.
I can’t even express how this book has affected me. It was beautifully and eloquently written, to the point where I couldn’t put it down because the words on the page were so perfect together. Every word, every paragraph, every chapter was flawless. There is not part of this story that I do not love with my entire soul.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the perfect story for everyone. This is a book you can truly find yourself in, and learn how to explore yourself and your surroundings from it. It deals with love and loss, heartbreak and betrayal, but also hope and happiness and every single emotion in between. It’s not often that a book makes me cry but this was one of them, and I won’t forget that.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful and emotive book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2020
This book was absolutely incredible. I am a fan of Schwab’s other work, so I was extremely excited about ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’, especially as Schwab has talked on multiple occasions about it being a book that really means a lot to her. I went in with high expectations and yet somehow it exceeded every one of them. I absolutely adored every moment of this book – it took me through such a range of emotions and utterly broke my heart. It kept me guessing until the end, as I never truly knew exactly what was going to happen next, despite my constant guessing. This book is beautiful, the characters are incredible and this is definitely one of the most compelling books I have ever read.
This is a very character driven book, and Addie as a character is wonderful, because she is flawed. She spends her life forgotten, and so she has picked up a lot of bad habits in order to survive. I really liked the fact that Addie is not perfect, because she is a reflection of human existence. She has gone through so much and yet never loses her love for art, or for life. She has goes through the best and worst of human existence, and still finds joy in the world. She finds something new, and I feel like we all need a bit of Addie in our lives to remind us that joy can be found in the strangest of places. There are so many incredible characters in this book, predominately Henry the person who remembers her and Luc, the devil who cursed her. But each person that Addie meets adds a new layer to the story, and a new outlook and insight into this world. Each chapter was a new exploration, a new idea, explored through encounters with the people surrounding Addie.
The plot seems like a simple ‘person sold their soul to the devil to live forever’ kind of story, but it is so much more than that. There is so much to this book, but it is best left discovered in your own time. This book starts slow, in that it slowly pulls you into its rhythm, flipping backwards and forwards in time between events that all build upon each other. This creates the feeling that it’s weaving you into the story, dropping hints here and there until you’re so caught up in what will happen next that you can’t think of much else and don’t want to stop reading. This is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time, and keeps haunting my thoughts.
‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ is thought provoking, and brings up a lot of thoughts about the nature of existence and what it means to live. Can we really live without making a mark on the world, or is it the impression we have on others that makes us real? I wasn’t expecting this book to raise a lot of philosophical questions, and make me rethink the nature of existence, relationship with art and the meaning of life but it did! It made me think a lot about my own insecurities about life, being forgotten and the nature of art and reality. I’m sure a lot of readers won’t be quite so plagued by these thoughts but they were such an important part of the book in my opinion and they have left an impression on me in the most interesting way! There’s also such a focus on art in the book, which ties the whole thing together in such a wonderful way. There was such a love of art that came across in the pages, it felt like a love letter to creativity at times, which I found really inspiring.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. It was beautiful, lyrical, incredibly written and haunting. It took me through such a range of emotions, and left me wanting more. The characters were fantastic, the story was gripping and it lived up to and then exceeded every one of my hopes. Schwab is a master storyteller and this is her best book to date. This book is special, fully of joy and I hope everyone who reads it loves it as much as I do.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read with tissues!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2020
This book has been three days of emotional turmoil for me. I’ve loved it, I’ve hated it, I’ve been excited by it, furious at it, bored stiff and completely captivated! And finally, utterly and totally heartbroken.
(A quick side note about the very poor editing. So many words missing, or extra words that I noticed. And continuity errors! Just one example is that she drapes her coat over a kitchen chair, but later mentions that there are no kitchen chairs! Also, at one point she’s talking with someone in the kitchen, then in the next sentence she stands from the bed??? It drove me mad!!!)
I love Addie LaRue. I am awestruck at the resilience and strength she has. If I were her, I’d have surrendered my soul to the devil on the first night is Paris. She has a hunger to live and be free that is intoxicating. And she’s not the only character that I loved. Even the fleeting ones were deep and lovable.
The writing is so beautiful. I love Schwab’s style! She pulls you into the scene and it’s so easy to feel everything the characters are feeling. It’s an emersive experience.
Plot is where the book stumbles a little for me. The main plot, Addie making a deal with a God for her soul and the other main plot points (which I won’t spoil), is wonderful!!! I loved every second. But there were far, far too many bits in between. I think this book could have been at least 100 pages shorter and you’d still get the entire experience without the parts that drag and make you wonder why everyone is saying such wonderful things about this book!!
But you get past those parts, the main plot takes over and… I shattered. I completely shattered, I’m still crying, I may be crying for a while. It’s absolutely devistating and yet stunningly beautiful. I will, happily, read this book again in a few year and still cry my eyes out! At least the second time I’ll know to have tissues at the ready!
I have a couple more of the authors books on my shelf, unread, and I’m really looking forward to them now!
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