I was lucky enough to be sent an eARC of this book by Titan Books to review. When I requested this book on NetGalley I never dreamed that it would be accepted, so a massive thank you to Titan Books for allowing me to read my most anticipated book of the year early!
A life no-one will remember.
A story you’ll never forget…
When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone. Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day. Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him. Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever.
My thoughts: I was intrigued by this book from the moment I heard Victoria Schwab speak about it at a signing I attended at the beginning of last year. Once the book had been announced then later on, and I had read the blurb, I immediately wanted to read it. It sounds right up my street! I love books that span over a few years (or 300 in this case), and I wanted to know more. It was moving and beautifully-written, and I’m already looking forward to rereading it.
The Characters: Let’s start with Adeline (Addie) LaRue. I liked Addie’s character and I did feel for her. She is made to be forgotten by everyone she meets, including her family, due to making a deal with the devil, which was absolutely heartbreaking. There was one moment when she returned to her home village (no spoilers) that was quite emotional. Addie was a likeable character to read about and I enjoyed her story. I loved the bond she formed with Henry, and how much she loved discovering new things, even after 300 years! Henry was so lovely to read about. I loved the descriptions of the little bookshop that he worked in, it reminded me of one of my favourite bookshops so much. I loved Henry’s story too, how we saw bits and pieces of his life and how we didn’t fully know why he could remember Addie until the end. Again there were moments with Henry that were heartbreaking, but this review is 100% spoiler free! Luc was an interesting character and I actually wish we had seen a bit more of him at the beginning. That being said, I liked how we had to wait until closer to the end to learn more about his character.
The Story: I really enjoyed the way this story played out. Initially I wasn’t sure about the jumping between the past and the present but I think this was done really well. This story was beautifully written. I loved the writing in this book so much, I think I highlighted quite a few lines when I was reading. The premise of the book was what drew me to it and I adored it. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, and one I won’t forget in a hurry. It’s the kind of book that you can curl up with on a dreary autumn day and get lost in.
Final thoughts: This book took me a month to finish but that was nothing to do with my enjoyment of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn’t think that it was too slow at any point, I was just in a bit of a reading slump last month! I was worried that I wouldn’t actually finish it because of the slump, but I did and I still really enjoyed it. I’m definitely going to reread it, probably next year now, as it was gorgeous. It’s a book you won’t forget in a hurry. You will, like Henry, remember Addie.