The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a book that’s been on my shelf since it was launched on October, if I’m not mistaken. I wanted to read it so much, but if I think about it maybe the reason why I was postponing it was the fact that something in the synopsis (and even the name of the book) remind me one of my favorite movies ‘The Age of Adaline’. In my mind, I didn’t want to read something that could ruin by my love for the movie.
When I think about it now, I see how silly I was, because this books has nothing to do with the movie. Both have amazing characters that don’t get old but it’s just that.
Saying that I read this book quickly is not enough, the better word is devoured it. I read all in two days, and now, I feel an empty but that always happens when I finish a book that I really liked. I love everything about this book but the ending…so clever…
The book tells the story of Addie LaRue, a girl with seven freckles, one for every love she would have. She was born in a small village, with small expectations placed on her, but she want’s more than getting married and having children. She wants to travel, learn more languages, and see much of the world as she possibly could. But she lives in 1714, France when the customs were different and when she sees herself entering in an arranged wedding, she runs…
To fulfill everything she wants, she makes a deal with a god/monster. She was told to never pray for the gods after dark but she doesn’t listen and she ends with a deal where she will live forever without aging but be forgotten by everyone.
We get to see Addie and everything that she had to do over the course of three-hundred years, starting in 1714 France to 2014 America. It’s impossible not to be sorry for Addie.
In 2014, Addie goes to a bookstore and meets Henry, a young man that remembers her and day after day Addie realizes that he is the only hope that she has to leave her mark on the world and be remembered. Something that she always wanted.
“I put Henry in you path. I gave him, to you, wrapped and ribboned like a gift.”
I like Henry, he was sweet, compassive and everything that Addie needed after 300 years. But then, while I was reading the start of their romance, I felt like it was missing something and I kept that feeling until the end. When I finished the book I keep thinking that Henry was really what Addie needed at that time, but not a love for ever.
And why did I feel that way? Because the author made me like Luc! Why??? He was the villain. But I ended liking him. If you are not following, Luc was the god/demon that made a deal with Addie.
I saw Luc with many faces, in the beginning I saw him like Hades, the god of underworld, of souls. Then I saw him like Lucifer, an angel of death -and maybe that was because of the name that Addie gave him…Luc – but also because of the clubs, and he was always described like gorgeous, captivating and dark. Well..until Addie saw his real face.
“You know, when I imagined the old gods, as a child, I though of you as grand immortals, above the petty worries that plagued your worshippers. I thought that you were bigger than us. But you’re not. You’re just as fickle and wanting as the humans you disdain.”
I don’t know, there were times when I though he only wanted some company and really liked her, and others when I thought that he was so clever and only wanted something that he couldn’t have – Addie’s soul.
The ending was the cherry on top of the pie…so clever and I was blew away with every chapter of this book. I don’t know if the author is thinking about turning this into a series, but for me, I’m happy on how it ended. It the perfect ending and should be kept that way.
In my opinion this book deserves 5 stars.