RELEASE DATE: October 6th 2020
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
GENRE: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Tor Books
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.
This was an engaging read but I felt something missing in the plot! It seemed more like a journal and less like a story. I’m not saying that I didn’t love Addie LaRue because I really enjoyed reading her story, but I honestly expected more from this book. The ending kinda left me wanting for more and I was a little disappointed that it was a stand-alone read and there won’t be another book.
The story follows Addie LaRue who makes a faustian bargain with a devil to escape from a dark fate during 18th-century france, but not every wish comes without a sacrifice. Addie LaRue has to live for eternity but no one can remember her. For centuries she lived a lonely life and during her journey she had left her mark upon the world through the visions of artists. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
The character of Addie LaRue wasn’t easy to connect with. I don’t hate her but I don’t love her either. She has some weird fascination with LUC her tormentor, and Henry the guy who remembers her. Henry was a sweet nerd but honestly not a memorable character. LUC aka darkness was an intriguing character. I actually enjoyed the interactions between him and Addie, more than the one between Addie and Henry. He’s not the good guy but he’s the only character that I found interesting. I always anticipated his appearance. I wasn’t really expecting a triangle in this book and the one in this book reminded me of Alina, Mal, and Darkling.
The plot was interesting but it was a slow journey. The back and forth switch between the past and the future really frustrated me. At first, I didn’t mind it much, but when it became too repetitive I found it very annoying. In the second half, I honestly didn’t care much about her past and how every time she was forgotten by people throughout the centuries. I just wanted the story to move forward in the current time. It’s one of the issues I had with this book. The author’s writing was very poetic and captivating. It’s definitely one of the highlights of this book. The story is mostly told from Addie’s POV but we also get few chapters from Henry’s POV. The historical setting was amazing, but It was weird that during her 300 years journey, Addie had never visited other countries besides Europe and North America. That was a bit disappointing! If I was her, I would’ve definitely explored the world.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it wouldn’t be my favorite by the author. The story was thought provoking. It deals with consequences of our actions and how the choices we make affect our lives.
Even though it’s not my favorite read, I still highly recommend it to everyone!
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