Seldom do I venture outside the walls of my book interests, usually selecting genres such as thrillers, mysteries, and historical fiction. I will even on occasion pick up a classic. It’s simple, I know what I like. That’s why I surprised myself one afternoon when browsing at a bookstore. My attention was suddenly drawn to a beautiful bound book on display. It was cloaked in a subtle shimmery shade of navy blue, like an expensive wallpaper, and its’ title: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue etched in stenciled gold glitter. Without hesitation, I picked it up, read the jacket, and was instantly intrigued even though it wasn’t my usual taste. I figured anything that can get my attention that quick is worth a try. And I’m so glad I did.
The story begins in the early 1700’s in France, when a young girl by the name of Addie Larue finds herself in a desperate situation. She is pressured to wed. She cannot bare the thought of living the rest of her life with a man she does not love and a life of servitude and drudgery. In her despair, she makes a deal with the devil. She wants to live life to the fullest, and he grants her the ability to live forever. The catch, every person who meets her, will soon forget her. Can you just imagine going thru life, never being able to establish roots, relationships, the comfort of familiarity and a home. Until one day, after three hundred years of living, a boy working in a present day book store in New York City remembers her.
I absolutely loved this book. It was like nothing I’ve ever read. I commend V. E. Schwab on a beautifully written story that kept my interest until the last page. I loved Addie’s spunk and her quick wit. Her character was deep, thoughtful, and complicated. I would have liked to have had Addie as a friend. I highly recommend getting lost in this book. Travel along with Addie as she lives the life she has chosen, discovering the world, crossing continents through the centuries. I don’t believe you will be disappointed.