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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue | V. E. Schwab
In the vein of The Time Travelers Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwabs genre-defying tour de force. 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 foreverand 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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Karisimo
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I love the originality and scope of this one!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to get to this one! 1d
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book72
I loved everything about this book. I went into it knowing nothing about the plot, so it took a couple chapters to completely understand what was going on, but after that I was hooked. I wanted to sit and read the whole thing in one sitting, but I also wanted to take my time to make the story last longer. This will definitely make my favorite books list this year and I‘ll likely reread it several times in the future.

LiteraryinLawrence Whoa, high praise! 3w
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Blh87
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Well, I‘ve started this one, and I‘m afraid it‘ll be another popular book that doesn‘t live up to the hype for me. Fingers crossed!

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Finally getting around to reading this one. It‘s a perfect morning to sit and read with my plants 🪴😊❤️

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

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BookLove4Ever
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A good read that kept me engaged. I couldn‘t put it down. There was one plot hole that I‘m surprised no one has mentioned in the reviews I‘ve read. It‘s not a huge deal. Some parts were skipped over in the story that I would have liked more detail on. Otherwise it was very enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TieDyeDude
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Eggs Oh great choice! Great book! 1mo
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Bookish_Gal
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A perfect….
Perfect…
(Drink)
They love your body
Your abs
Your laugh
The way you smell
The sound of your voice
They want you
(Not you)
They need you
(Not you)
They love you
(Not you)
You are whomever they want you to be
You are more than enough, because you‘re not real
you are perfect, because you don‘t exist
(Not you)
(Never you)
They look at you and see whatever they want…
Because they don‘t see you at all.
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Haven‘t stopped thinking about this

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mtippett

“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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mtippett
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8/10
This book was on my TBR list for two years, so I finally got around to it and am thankful I did! It had a slow build but by the second half of the book it was impossible to put down. Addie is an amazing main character, one I was confidently rooting for the entire time. The writing and plot were so captivating that it put my own timeline into perspective as I found myself relating to Addie‘s fear of time. Definitely worth the read!

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BiblioLitten
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Just like Vicious, this is turning out to be way better than I expected. It‘s more ambitious than Vicious but does not disappoint. I find myself rooting for Addie. 💙

#currentread #fantasy

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Bookish_Gal
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Long and bittersweet story about love across time brought on by the darkness. Not the devil. Addie was blessed with freedom at the cost of a curse of being forgotten. This book challenged how I see my impact on the world. How there are different ways to leave ideas, a type of impact. Henry pulled at my heartstrings so bad with how badly he just wants to be enough. Slow writing, slow buildup, slow come down, yet marvelous story writing

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perfectsinner
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.... and it's like letting her go in pieces. Selling off his grief. Addie knows that he sits down here because he's afraid of dying alone in his apartment, of not being found--- not being missed.
"I keel out over here, " he says, "at least someone will notice."
He is a gruff old man, but Addie likes him. Sees the sadness in his anger, the guardedness of his grief.

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perfectsinner
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Saddened and angered over the events/decisions in the US today, so I'm comforting myself with a reread of a fav book, a snack, and some bitch beer

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perfectsinner
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Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives---or to find strength in a very long one.

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Bookish_Gal
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Being forgotten, she thinks, is a bit like going mad. You begin to wonder what is real, if you are real. After all, how can a thing be real if it cannot be remembered? It‘s like that Zen koan, the one about the tree falling in the woods. If no one heard it, did it happen?
If a person cannot leave a mark, do they exist?
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Flying down for a Navy sub commission- and boyfriend. This is a great book for the trip

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Read4life
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Day 18 #BigJuneReadathon photo challenge
*life/death

I‘ve enjoyed all of these. 🤓

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Bookish_Gal

And when she does look up, her gaze always goes to the edge of town.
“A dreamer”, scorns her mother.
“A dreamer”, mourns her father.
“A dreamer”, warns Estele.
Still, it does not seem such a bad word.
Until Adeline wake up.

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SerenaCrawford
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Well done. Took awhile to read but well done.

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erickahhh
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This was another amazing read. I found Addie to be incredible. She was a phenomenal character with determination and grit. I loved the twists and turns this story took and couldn't get enough!

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DMC_run8
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I had a hard time getting into this one and was 10 pages away from DNF when the story picked up for me. I'm glad I stuck with it because I really enjoyed it! It's interesting to imagine living life without being able to connect with anyone. 4⭐️

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xicanti
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Friends, THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE blew me away. The atmosphere! The personal moments! The ins and outs of how Addie navigates her strange, there-but-apart life!

I‘m posting a review because it meant a lot to me and I want you to know it, but I love it in that way where I don‘t want to analyze it any more than I did in the previous paragraph. Lemme just tell you it was a rare 5-star read and leave it at that.

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TLuvs
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Over half way and can't say enough good about the beauty of this book! Why I waited so long to read it is unknown.

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Uralkodo
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Slajaunie
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Ordered this from Etsy. 💙💙💙💙💙

wisherwishinguponastar Wow! I love that addition to the book! 4mo
Slajaunie @booksellerofyourdiscontent Thanks! Check out Etsy! 4mo
wisherwishinguponastar Do you remember the name of the store? 4mo
Slajaunie @booksellerofyourdiscontent Acourtofpaintedpages 4mo
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xicanti
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Friends, I HAD TWO 5-STAR READS IN A ROW!!! That almost never happens to me.

Since they were both bisexual books, this feels like a good time to announce I‘ve decided to take May off from hetero reads. It‘s queer stuff all the way, baby!

I‘m calling it Gay May because I‘m a sucker for a rhyme, but I‘ll be pulling work from all corners of the quiltbag. While I won‘t exactly run it as a Thing, anyone who wants to join me is most welcome. #gaymay

reading_rainbow Gay May!! 🌈I Love It! 4mo
xicanti @reading_rainbow 🌈🏳️‍🌈🎉 4mo
BkClubCare 👏 4mo
Nutmegnc I mean, it‘s mostly #everydaygay reading at my house but BRING IT #gaymay (edited) 3mo
xicanti @Nutmegnc this is also the case at my house, but this month there ain‘t nothin‘ but queer books! Four days in and it feels awesome. 3mo
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xicanti
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Supper was fake shakshuka and ADDIE LARUE, which I currently love. I know that could change, since even many of the people who adore it find it overlong, but I‘m gonna revel in it while it lasts.

BrittanyReads I keep staring at Addie on my shelf but am hesitant to pick it up...is it worth it so far? 😬 4mo
xicanti @BrittanyReads I love it very much as of page 150. 4mo
BkClubCare Wowza! Do I just google “fake shakshuka”? That looks amazing. And, I realized after sending the letter to you that I never thanked you for the lovely card and recipe... 4mo
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sarahbarnes Love shakshuka! 4mo
xicanti @BkClubCare if you google “Nigella‘s tomato bacon hash” it should come up. I make basically that recipe, except I use chili oil instead of garlic oil and I add cilantro stems and some green pepper, if I‘ve got it. Then I cook eggs in the resulting gunge. It‘s delicious. 4mo
xicanti @sarahbarnes it‘s the perfect dish when you really, really want tomatoes. (edited) 4mo
BkClubCare @xicanti thanks! 😋 4mo
xicanti @BkClubCare any time! I also forgot to mention I use two pieces of bacon instead of four. Four is overkill. 4mo
BkClubCare @xicanti Noted 📝 4mo
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Jhullie
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I‘m giving this a pick but I have to admit that I had my “I just need to finish it” moments. At 17 hours it is a rambling narrative which I feel could have been told in a shorter time. Having got that off my chest it was clever, frustrating at times but well written and an intriguing concept. Just imagine nobody remembering you the minute you left their sight! It kept me interested and entertained.

5280reader Just started the audiobook today! 4mo
Jhullie @5280reader let me know what you think. 4mo
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MartinaLove
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Decided to read this one. I'm intrigued.

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eden.s.volk
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It's my first time in years reading a book on a device. I had a nook ten years ago but I just didn't like using it. It didn't feel right. But I have too many books now so I got this Kindle Paperwhite. It's not bad! Also, I am almost done with this book. It's a bit slow-moving but very good.

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Books_n_Whatnot
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Fun read. Really loved the concept and thought the ending was satisfying

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SoapboxEdits
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I enjoyed this book! It was a little slow to start, but I immediately fell for Addie and all the characters. Some reviewers were disappointed in the ending, but for me, it was inevitable and happened in a surprising way. The writing is beautiful and my only complaint is that some spots dragged a tiny bit.

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YouReadMyEyes
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Synopsis: A desperate young woman makes a “deal with the devil,” so to speak, who grants her desire and allows her to live free and forever. But the unforeseen consequence of this is that she is unable to be remembered by anyone she sees. For over three hundred years, she lives an invisible life, until one day she unexpectedly meets someone who actually remembers who she is…

Highly recommend! #literaryfantasy

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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

Okay, I did get misty eyed at the end but it was because of Henry. This wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it was a Twilight Zone episode at best. Serling or Matheson could have hammered the point home in 30 minutes, not 17 HOURS! Beaumont would have been awesome but super dark, which would work here. The lesson? Life is short, live well. Don't make deals with strangers in the woods after dark, either.

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Rissreads
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This was a book that I picked up because of all the love it has gotten here on Litsy. It‘s not my usual genre because I‘m not one for romance but it did hook me in! A love story that spans 300 years between a French girl and the devil! I also loved how art played such an important role in this book. I‘m hoping there will be a book number 2! ♥️

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IamIamIam
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🙄 This book needs to be half as long as it is... 12 hours later and we still need to discuss how the next morning is always awkward, how nobody remembers and exactly how many freckled stars are charted across the perfect face of Addie LaRue. And everyone's painfully beautiful...

**UPDATE** 1 hour left and I want everyone to die already. 😵 Yes, I'm a grumpy old ass.. LOL

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IamIamIam
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While I completely understand Addie continually is forgotten, I'm not so sure as a reader, I need to constantly be reminded about the process. At least an hour could have edited out already by cutting out the flowery repetition!! 🙄

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IamIamIam
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Got this started yesterday because it was available and it isn't awful... a bit hyped up so I'm trying not to be let down but it's interesting so far!

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I felt the same way about this one. It was good enough but I thought there was potential for so much more. 5mo
IamIamIam @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 👀 Thanks for the heads up! I'll keep my expectations low, lol... you really do make an excellent bookish sidekick!! 🤣 5mo
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LadyCait84
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Sweeping and seductive and left me in tears.

Worth the hype. Definitely recommend.

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Lindy
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Mehso-so

It‘s compared to Life After Life (I loved) & Time Traveler‘s Wife (I hated), so it shouldn‘t be surprising that this novel about a Faustian bargain that keeps a woman living 300+ years… falls somewhere between the two. So-so. Best thing: excellent bisexual representation. The only other book I‘ve read by Schwab—Darker Shade of Magic—also didn‘t work for me, so it‘s safe to say her style (something always ‘breaking‘ in the MC) isn‘t to my taste.

TrishB I hated Life After Life and The Time Travellers Wife but enjoyed this one 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
Lindy @TrishB A chacun son gout 😊 5mo
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Lindy
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March is such a fickle month. It is the seam between winter and spring, though seam suggests an even hem and March is more like a rough line of stitches sewn by an unsteady hand, swinging wildly between January gusts and June greens.

kspenmoll Love this -and the sweater! 5mo
Lindy @kspenmoll Thanks! I‘m working in all the ends from the colour changes in the knitting. #knittersofLitsy (edited) 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful colours 💚 (edited) 5mo
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Lindy @Cathythoughts Thanks! The grey and white are natural sheep colours, and the yellows are dyed from plants in my garden: elecampane, artemisia, grape leaves, dandelion, goldenrod. 5mo
Centique These garments are actual treasures! So beautiful and they have the natural world around you right in their very fibres 😍 5mo
Lindy @Centique Thanks! I agree. It feels very special. 5mo
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xicanti
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My favourite schnauzer‘s here for the weekend, and his mom loaned me a copy of THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE! It‘s the one #NewYearWhoDis book I KNEW I wouldn‘t get to in time. Even this month-after-the-event copy cuts my wait time waaaaay down; I was still only 113th on the library list as of this morning.

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Rissa1
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I don't know what to say. I think all the hype let me down a little but this book still rates high on my scale.

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Rissa1
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#WaitingRoomReading, I never thought I would be happy to be able to sit in a waiting room again. My Dad had an angiogram today, I am sitting in the hospital reading and waiting.

BookDragonNotWorm Hope all goes well 🤞 6mo
Rissa1 @BookDragonNotWorm it did, thank you! 6mo
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lumbricuslibri
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Mehso-so

I think this was beautifully written, but I didn't like it.
I don't think it was a waste of time, but I'm disappointed.
Still a good read, though.

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lumbricuslibri
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All right. Last 100 pages.

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lumbricuslibri
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Happy new year!

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Rissa1
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Snow day! She is telling me about stories she has read in school, and I have had a bit of reading time too.

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