Review contains spoilers!!!
When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price — the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.
Addie flees her tiny hometown in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day.
Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him.
Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. V E Schwab has blown all expectations out of the water for me.
With meeting Addie LaRue (Adeline) in the present time, you know that she has lived a while. The next chapter, you go back to the period she is born and you learn why she made the decisions she did. I loved reading the chapters from the different time periods as it allowed you to see how she changed over the years and the aspects of the deal she made.
The character of Addie made you connect with her straight away. Not only her but the whole concept of the book. Addie you can tell has loved experiencing the world but in the dark times you see that she sometimes regrets making the deal she did.
Lets talk about this deal. Addie wanted her freedom. She wanted to see the world just like anyone these days want to do. They want to experience and see as much as they can. The deal allowed her to do this but at the cost of her identity and allowing her to make a mark on the world. You would think that that is fine but really think about it for a while, you can tell anyone your real name, can own anything money or housing, no money means no job. Addie made it work though which meant when she met Henry and he remembered her it was so meaningful for her.
The other characters of Luc and Henry were great as well. You couldn’t help but love Luc because of the persona he is but you also hate him in the next sentence. Luc is the darkness or in other words the Devil. He makes deals but adds a twist and like any other demon in the supernatural world there is always a time limit. Looking back on the book I can think of moments that he changes his perspective of Addie.
What can I say about Henry. I loved Addie and Henry’s friendship and eventual relationship. The way that Addie finally found a person to fall in love with made the ending much more heartbreaking for me. Henry is a college dropout who now works at a bookstore. I loved finding out Henry also made a deal which is why Henry remembers Addie. The twist at the end of Addie and Henry only having 3 months together was gut-wrenching. To read from his perspective as well showed what he was really going through and why he made the deal he did.
The ending had me in tears. A full sobbing mess. For Addie to find a person who remembered her and wanted to be with her. Help her write down her story to not be alive in 3 months made her make another deal with Luc, to let Henry live, let him keep his memories of her and she will be with Luc. These chapters had me crying and the epilogue well that made me a mess.
As you can see I adored The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I will be recommending everyone to read the book. V E Schwab has definitely captured my attention and I am planning to read all her books very very soon.