Updated: Nov 9, 2021
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is an extremely hyped up book across booktok, booktube and various book blogs….but not this one. I read this book with such high expectations and got let down. It was a fun read, just not worth the week and a half it took me to get through this novel.
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.
That sounds pretty interesting right? Yeah. It’s a great idea, it just was not executed in the right way at all. Let's get into me slamming a book that tons of people love. Very fun! (*sarcasm*)
Alright, so the characters. Addie was an interesting character at the start but throughout the book she just got very repetitive. Henry Strauss, the mystery man who is definitely a nerd. So, Henry was a great character, he had depth and kept me very interested. 100% the best part of this entire dumpster fire. Luc…..oh….Luc. Luc was really really trying to be the hot sarcastic dark haired trauma ridden character that we all know and love. I don’t love Luc. It just felt so forced. Plus I didn’t like the relationship between Henry and Addie or Luc and Addie, as they were both really toxic and unrealistic relationships. That's that.
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World building! Here we goooo. Once again, the concept of a world with demons and devils and magic and old gods, wow sounds amazing! Forced. I don’t know how many times I can use the word forced, let's see. Although, the changing between the 1800’s and current day to slowly reveal Addie’s story was interesting. I really liked it, honestly. It kept it curious and suspenseful. Not all bad, not all good.
So the plot. I can only say this best using one of my favorite words of course. FORCED. Wow, who's surprised because I am! At a lot of points the plot was dragged out and the writing style was quite confusing. Also, the ending was really unresolved and I was not okay with that! I understand cliffhangers, or certain unresolved endings but this book has no sequel and needs a resolved ending. Desperately. Call 911. Also, this book was really longer than it needed to be. Almost 450 pages with tiny tiny words, and for what? Very stretched out scenes and chapters.
Overall this book disappointed me. It had so much potential, it just didn’t reach that potential. Would I recommend this? Sorry, but no.
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