What I’m Reading: The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

Addie is a young woman growing up in France who doesn’t wish to get married. On her wedding day, she makes a deal with an old god for “more time”. The trouble is, she isn’t specific with her wish. The old god, named Luc, gives Addie exactly what she wants with a price—-Addie is immortal, but no one remembers her the minute she’s out of her eyesight.

While the writing is beautiful, the book itself drags. Addie finds out she’s been cursed by an immortal god and does nothing to stop it or investigate it. She doesn’t meet any immortals during her time on earth and somehow only one other person that has a connection to them during her 300 years. Even though it seems like Luc, the God she deals with, is constantly dolling them out.

The book has two things going for it. The writing, and the characters. Both are interesting enough that it will keep you reading and you’ll want to see what happens next, and you’ll probably be satisfied with the ending.

But Addie as a character does sort of drift. She constantly seems to be alone, and there were a lot of missed opportunities to expand on things that would have been interesting to expand on. That said, for a literary fiction book, it does what it is supposed to. The writing is beautiful, and its sad and nostalgic of times gone by.

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