Are you ready? Brace yourselves, because I wrote a book review! Just a small one but it’s a start!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Genre: Historical Fantasy/ Historical Fiction
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
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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Ok, unpopular opinion time!
While I found this to be beautifully written and enjoyable to read, this was not the earth-shattering, snot-cry inducing, life-changing book for me that it clearly was for many other readers.
It was not the best book I’ve read all year, nor was it a 5-star read in my humble opinion.
While haunting, and thought-provoking, it was also incredibly slow, almost boring at times. It should also come as no surprise to anyone that I am firmly on Team Luc due to my predilection for dark, complex characters, and while Henry may have made Addie’s dream come true, I found him too safe, almost tepid. I like conflict and passion, and for me it just wasn’t there.
This was a pleasantly sad read that needed more Luc and less fickle characters. Schwab’s exquisite prose and skilled time transitions are what really made this book a 4 star instead of 3.5 stars, and I stand by that rating.
I’m know there are MANY readers who would strongly agree, but I have learned recently that I am not the only one who felt this way.
What are your thoughts?