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

This blog has my personal opinion and you are invited to provide any comments at the end of the blog.

Summary:

I got this book as a recommendation in several Podcast. From the moment I heard about my curiosity sparked and I gifted it to myself on Christmas. It had been a while seems I was looking forward to reading a book and I must confess that the book lived up to its expectation.

The book has a unique storyline, Addie LaRue, in a moment of weakness, fear, and retaliation makes a pact “with the darkness” in order to preserve her freedom, and although she gets back her freedom with immortality, it also comes with a high price. Addie LaRue cannot be remembered. Addie LaRue becomes a 300-year invisible immortal “person”.

This is when the author V.E. Schwab reveals one of the most enigmatic characters ever written. Addie LaRue is in constant pursuit of finding validation for her existence. Finding ways to be remembered, to leave a print in the world that she so dearly loves. She has 300 years of blending in society, moving along every corner of the world, meeting all different people, and inspiring artists to create art and see her footprint through the centuries shown in all kinds of arts from paintings to sculptures and everything in between.

Then one day, it all changes. One person, after 300 years remembers her and her story is narrated going back and forth, presenting us the Addie that has found love in a human, and the Addie that through the centuries forged a relationship with “the darkness” with whom she made the pact and who patiently waits for her to surrenders her soul. It is a love story, but mostly it is a human story. A human story that includes all the elements we, as people with a finite amount of time on this earth, at times fail to recognize as important, including determination, creativity, kindness, pleasure, and satisfaction. Addie has 300 years of experiences that allow her to recognize the wonders of the world, of life, of love. And we are lucky to learn from her.

I personally enjoyed reading this book, I found it witty, funny, honest, heart-warming, and at times heart-wrenching… I read this book slowly and taking my time, savoring every chapter, every page, every paragraph.  It’s been a while since I protagonist of a book got so many qualities I both admired and praised. Adeline LaRue is the most amazing optimistic character I have met, she is brave, kind, strong, stubborn, feisty, determined, thoughtful, she is character perfection.

My Personal Opinion:

This book was all I could hope for and more. I found it witty, funny, honest, heart-warming, and at times heart-wrenching… I read this book slowly and taking my time, savoring every chapter, every page, every paragraph.  It’s been a while since the protagonist of a book got so many qualities I both admired and praised. Adeline LaRue is the most amazing optimistic character I have met, she is brave, kind, strong, stubborn, feisty, determined, thoughtful, she is character perfection.

Favorite quotes:

“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives–or to find strength in a very long one.”

― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“Nothing is all good or all bad,” she says. “Life is so much messier than that.”

― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


“But this is how you walk to the end of the world. This is how you live forever. Here is one day, and here is the next, and the next, and you take what you can, savor every stolen second, cling to every moment, until it’s gone.”

― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“I am stronger than your god and older than your devil. I am the darkness between stars, and the roots beneath the earth. I am promise, and potential, and when it comes to playing games, i divine the rules, I set the pieces, and I choose when to play.”

― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“What I was really thinking was: Don’t even for a minute think I’m vanilla because the truth is I am so hardcore I had to quit. I drank so mu“Do you know how to live three hundred years?” she says. And when he asks how, she smiles. “The same way you live one. A second at a time.”

― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRuech

The Highlights of the Book:

The highlight of the book is its storyline. It’s complicated, yet beautifully written characters, and the infinite hope it provides when reading it.

Addie LaRue is an eternal optimistic that have been loving life and the living with same exact intensity for 300 years and is infatuating to be witness of her vast experience.

It touches on the sensitive subject of how we choose to be remembered, on what mark are we living behind in order to be remembered, by those who know us and by those who don’t.

 Finally, the book is entertaining, I found myself been moved by Addie’s love for the arts, artists, freedom, and her cautionary take on love. Her freedom is admirable, and with her freedom and long life, it comes clear that she has reached a high level of clarity when it comes to racial, social, and gender acceptance.

The Negatives:

At times it can be slow, especially during the middle of the story where it can feel that it lacks a bit of interesting substance. There are characters that are not fully explained and they can feel a bit empty and although you understand their role in the book, there is no affection towards them.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
  • Category: Fiction, Historical Fantasy
  • Language: English

What are you reading right now? What book would you recomend me? I am always looking for recommendations to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!

Published by maripark

Born in Panama in 1980. Got a Naval Architect and Marine Engineering Degree in New Orleans, LA. Married since 2005 and a mom of two wonderful sons. Currently living in Spring, TX. Balancing love, work, my passion to be constantly in pursuit of happiness and mindfulness through my life coach practice.

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