The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - book cover
Action & Adventure
  • Publisher : Tor Books; Illustrated edition
  • Published : 06 Oct 2020
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN-10 : 0765387565
  • ISBN-13 : 9780765387561
  • Language : English

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
"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

"Completely absorbed me enough to make me forget the real world." ― Jodie Picoult, Washington Post

"Victoria Schwab sends you whirling through a dizzying kaleidoscopic adventure through centuries filled with love, loss, art and war ― all the while dazzling your senses with hundreds of tiny magical moments along the way. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will enchant readers as deeply as its heroine's Faustian bargain; you will find yourself in quick turns both aching with heartbreak, and gleefully crowing at the truly delicious, wicked cleverness in store."
Naomi Novik, Nebula and Locus Award-winning author of Spinning Silver

"Addie Larue is a book perfectly suspended between darkness and light, myth and reality. [This novel] is―ironically―unforgettable." ― Hugo Award winner Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

"The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the kind of book you encounter only once in a lifetime. . . . A defiant, joyous rebellion against time, fate, and even death itself―and a powerful reminder that the only magic great enough to conquer all of it is love."― Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

"Sweeping in its scope yet wonderfully intimate, it's dark and sexy yet romantic and heartbreaking."Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Black Sun

"Rich and satisfying." –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A knockout." –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Epic." –Library Journal, Starred Review

"Deeply romantic, impossibly detailed." –Booklist, Starred Review

"A delightful surprise and a balm in difficult times.." –BookPage, Starred Review

"Schwab's page-turner is an achingly poignant romantic fantasy about the desperate desire to make one's mark on the world.", Best LGBTQ Books of 2020

"A beautiful, meditative novel with an ending that hit me right in the heart." Buzzfeed, Best Fall Fantasy 2020

"It's a bit cheeky to call The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Faust for romantic bisexual goths, but it's not wrong... I for one will most certainly remember her."NPR

"Addie is unlike anything Schwab has written before―epic yet intimate, sweeping but not sprawling... If Ad...

Readers Top Reviews

Laura McToalJaner100
In 1700’s France, Addie makes a desperate deal with the Devil. She wants to belong to herself and no one else, to have a life forever. So the devil gives her eternal life in exchange for her soul. But, everyone Addie meets instantly forgets her as soon as she leaves the room. Until one day, someone remembers her. This book has been hyped all over Bookstagram. Whilst I did enjoy it. I do not think it is equal to the hype. Whilst loads of people say they cried at the end, I was indifferent.
Samantha VB
This book has been three days of emotional turmoil for me. I've loved it, I've hated it, I've been excited by it, furious at it, bored stiff and completely captivated! And finally, utterly and totally heartbroken. (A quick side note about the very poor editing. So many words missing, or extra words that I noticed. And continuity errors! Just one example is that she drapes her coat over a kitchen chair, but later mentions that there are no kitchen chairs! Also, at one point she's talking with someone in the kitchen, then in the next sentence she stands from the bed??? It drove me mad!!!) I love Addie LaRue. I am awestruck at the resilience and strength she has. If I were her, I'd have surrendered my soul to the devil on the first night is Paris. She has a hunger to live and be free that is intoxicating. And she's not the only character that I loved. Even the fleeting ones were deep and lovable. The writing is so beautiful. I love Schwab's style! She pulls you into the scene and it's so easy to feel everything the characters are feeling. It's an emersive experience. Plot is where the book stumbles a little for me. The main plot, Addie making a deal with a God for her soul and the other main plot points (which I won't spoil), is wonderful!!! I loved every second. But there were far, far too many bits in between. I think this book could have been at least 100 pages shorter and you'd still get the entire experience without the parts that drag and make you wonder why everyone is saying such wonderful things about this book!! But you get past those parts, the main plot takes over and... I shattered. I completely shattered, I'm still crying, I may be crying for a while. It's absolutely devistating and yet stunningly beautiful. I will, happily, read this book again in a few year and still cry my eyes out! At least the second time I'll know to have tissues at the ready! I have a couple more of the authors books on my shelf, unread, and I'm really looking forward to them now!
Heloisa M
Vale muitoo a pena, essa edição é linda, capa aveludada e com toques metálicos e a escrita da V.E. Schwab é contagiante, recomendo demais!
Anamelia Regan (Eldr
This book was absolutely incredible. I am a fan of Schwab’s other work, so I was extremely excited about ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’, especially as Schwab has talked on multiple occasions about it being a book that really means a lot to her. I went in with high expectations and yet somehow it exceeded every one of them. I absolutely adored every moment of this book - it took me through such a range of emotions and utterly broke my heart. It kept me guessing until the end, as I never truly knew exactly what was going to happen next, despite my constant guessing. This book is beautiful, the characters are incredible and this is definitely one of the most compelling books I have ever read. This is a very character driven book, and Addie as a character is wonderful, because she is flawed. She spends her life forgotten, and so she has picked up a lot of bad habits in order to survive. I really liked the fact that Addie is not perfect, because she is a reflection of human existence. She has gone through so much and yet never loses her love for art, or for life. She has goes through the best and worst of human existence, and still finds joy in the world. She finds something new, and I feel like we all need a bit of Addie in our lives to remind us that joy can be found in the strangest of places. There are so many incredible characters in this book, predominately Henry the person who remembers her and Luc, the devil who cursed her. But each person that Addie meets adds a new layer to the story, and a new outlook and insight into this world. Each chapter was a new exploration, a new idea, explored through encounters with the people surrounding Addie. The plot seems like a simple ‘person sold their soul to the devil to live forever’ kind of story, but it is so much more than that. There is so much to this book, but it is best left discovered in your own time. This book starts slow, in that it slowly pulls you into its rhythm, flipping backwards and forwards in time between events that all build upon each other. This creates the feeling that it’s weaving you into the story, dropping hints here and there until you’re so caught up in what will happen next that you can’t think of much else and don’t want to stop reading. This is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time, and keeps haunting my thoughts. ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ is thought provoking, and brings up a lot of thoughts about the nature of existence and what it means to live. Can we really live without making a mark on the world, or is it the impression we have on others that makes us real? I wasn’t expecting this book to raise a lot of philosophical questions, and make me rethink the nature of existence, relationship with art and the meaning of life but it did! It made me think a lot about my own insecurities about life, being forgotten and th...