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In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab's genre-defying tour de force.

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, she learns to fall in love anew every single day. 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.

©2020 V.E. Schwab (P)2020 W F Howes

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 “A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.” (Dave Eggers)

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This is why words exist

Books are made of words, words that if in the write order can make us feel things. Make us understand. I haven’t met many people masters of the art of writing as great as V.E. Schwab.

Books like this give me hope that the art of writing will never fail to move me.

I will always remember this story, I will always remember Addie.

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would definitely recommend- just not my cup of tea

heard a lot about this book so decided to read. a well written story, clever! enjoyed the beginning got bored with the middle 'girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl... blaa blaa...zzzzzz but it got me hooked again for the ending. I would definitely recommend it to all - just not sure it's my cup of tea

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Incredible

Wonderful story that had me captivated from start to finish, I’m just sad it had to come to an end!

The narration was absolutely brilliant and truly did the story justice.

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Had me engrossed from start to finish

Fantastic story with great narration. From the outset I was listening while trying to think how I would react in that situation. I was absolutely hooked.

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amazing

this is the kind of story that lives in your heart still breathing long after you put it down. I can see why this is the book Victoria’s been sitting on for such a long time she did it justice, and I think I’m gonna go cry

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Intriguing, unique but over long

I read this on a recommendation by someone who loves the author. My immediate impression was it was intriguing and unique. The story had many possibilities and there were lots of clues as to where it could go. I enjoyed the world of Addie’s thoughts and hopes, and I felt her emotions with her. She is a lovely character.

However once I got the idea; the story hook - it then felt drawn out and I was willing it to conclude, nothing new was coming up and I just wanted to know how it ended. I even speeded it up, something I have never done before on a audio book.

If you are looking for something different then this is a good read, the writing style is very mesmerising and there are some good references to the arts, history and folklore which give the story good bulk. It just felt very drawn out.

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A unique and riveting read

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I read reviews before purchasing and was not disappointed. Narrator brought the book to life. A unique story. Highly recommended.

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If only I hadl cried. I would've wept an ocean.

A Poignantly Beautiful story and so beautifully narrated and brought to life by Julia Whelan. I cannot stress enough how much I loved listening to this story. It was possessive, obsessive, destructive, passionate, heartbreakingly sad and heartwrenchingly tragic. I couldn't stop listening to this story, I couldn't help hoping against hope for the outcome I so wanted. This is not a story of good against evil but a story of temptation and hope when you are at your absolute last grasp of life. It's a story, No. It's a lifetime's saga of a choice once made in desperation and the indelible affect it has on a Soul.

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Superb. Just superb.

I have no words to describe this book, I have no emotional to convey the story. It is astonishing and beautiful, tragic and elating, it is everything.

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Loved Every Minute!!

Best book I've "read" in a while! I loved every minute. Such a great story. It has everything I wanted and more.

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  • kirstin henderson
  • 15-05-21

booktok send me here

best book I've read in a long time. i loved it dearly and recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-21

What a book!

Loved it SO much! The story was amazing and the narrative awesome. Highly recommend it.

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  • Roisin Kirwan
  • 15-03-21

Excellent Read

I loved listening to this book it was a thrilling story which kept my interest right to the end. The narrators voice was fab to listen to and it flowed effortlessly. I felt I went on a journey with the main character.
I'd highly recommend.

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  • Swt A.
  • 03-01-21

I CANNOT CONTROL MY EMOTIONS

Listen let me do you a favour and tell to just listen to the book. Just listen to it, such an amazing amaaaazing book that i purchased a physical copy to read. So much to learn about life and love. You wont regret it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-20

Wow

Loved everything about it . Loved the story. Loved the narrator. Worth the read. Amazing