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Book 80 of 2020 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publication Date: Oct. 6, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Format: Kindle Book

Started: Nov. 8, 2020

Finished: Nov. 11, 2020

If you had the chance to live a life free of expectations, to live it as you saw fit...what price would you pay? What price would be too high? Would you be willing to sell your soul to the devil?

This is the question Addie answers when, in order to escape a marriage and life she doesn't want, she prays to the night gods and pays a heavy price. When the devil agrees to her pleas of helping her escape the life she currently has in return for her soul when she is done with it, Addie disappears from the memories of those around her and from the memory of people she meets over the next three hundred years.

Addie learns to acclimate herself as she moves through the years where she lives through some of the biggest moments in history where she is forgotten by those she meets. What she wants more than anything is to be remembered. She suddenly meets Henry Strauss while stealing a book from the used book shop he works at. She returns the next day looking to exchange the book only to find that Henry remembers her. This moment sets Addie on a path that will change her thoughts on forever and what price she would pay for love.

This was definitely one of the best books I have read this year. I found it to be reminiscent of "The Night Circus" and "The Starless Sea" by Erin Morgenstern. The imagery displayed by the author, the clear love of reading, and the importance of words resonate with those of us who enjoy being transported to a different place when we read. V.E. Schwab is an author I will be reading more of for sure.

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