I rarely read fantasy, but this story pulled me compulsively through all 600 pages, from France in the 1700s to current day NYC. Addie LaRue makes a deal with "darkness" for immortality, only the catch is that no one will remember her once she is out of sight. This makes Addie's 300-year adventure a fascinating challenge and a great tale of choosing life despite crippling loneliness, forging a career as an artistic muse, outwitting the "dark," and finding love. Recommended By Kathi K., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab's genre-defying tour de force.
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
"This is the kind of book you
stay up all night reading — rich and satisfying and strange and
impeccably crafted. Spanning centuries and continents, this is a darkly
romantic and suspenseful tale..." Kirkus Reviews
"This sweeping fantasy is as
much a love story as it is a tribute to storytelling, art, and
of human connection on offer is biting and bitter, yet introspective
and sweet." Publishers Weekly
"Featuring [dual] points of view, this story takes readers through centuries of
history, as viewed through the eyes and soul of an incredible and
indelible heroine." Library Journal
"For someone damned to be
forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character,
and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality." Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and winner of multiple Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards
About the Author
Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the #1
New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed 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,
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.