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This book is reviewed by Vidula.  To see more of Vidula's reviews please visit her Instagram page.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab is about a young woman named Adeline who makes a deal with the devil: in exchange for her soul, she gets to live forever. But soon, Addie realizes that her bargain comes with a curse, because she is forgotten by everyone she meets. For three hundred years, she travels the world in solitude, until she meets a man who remembers who she is, and her life takes a very strange turn. The most prominent thing about this book is the language and writing style. Schwab uses really interesting analogies, creating a darkly academic mood that fits the subject matter perfectly. The premise was really unique, and the author did a great job depicting abstract themes, such as what it really means to live and leave your own mark on the world. However, this was very much a character and description driven book; the plot was really slow. But for me personally, the writing was so beautiful that this didn’t bother me too much. As Addie lived on for hundreds of years, she faced many different challenges, and because of that, there were some pretty emotional moments throughout the book. Even still, I never felt that connected to either of the main characters, so the book wasn’t as emotional for me as it might be to others. Overall, this was a very beautifully written book, but I can see why some readers might not like it because of the lack of action. If you enjoy, slower, more thematic reads, you should definitely check this one out! I would give it a 9.2/10!

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