Published: October 6, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 442
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now and I finally got it at the library and it worked out well because it worked for a few of my prompts for my reading challenges! A lot of my friends have read it so I wanted to see what everyone else was talking about.

It took me a bit to get into the book, I will admit. At first, I was not as into it and thought that it kind of drug on in the beginning. However, once it got going I got into and I didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I think one of the things that got me hooked was that when Henry and Addie finally meet you get to see their relationship grow and then not only do you continue to learn about Addie’s past but you also learn about Henry’s.

The plot was well done, it was a fairly unique storyline and it had a couple of twists in there. I did happen to figure out both of them but I still really enjoyed them and I didn’t discover them right away. There was actually one twist that I did not see coming, which I always like to be surprised. The writing was pretty well done, I did think sometimes it drug on a little much (mainly the beginning). It was neat that we got to see the different years of Addie’s “anniversary” and just see how things changed and how she learned to deal with her curse as her life went on.

Overall I liked the characters, Addie was likable and I like her determination and the fact that she held strong with how many times she is forgotten in her life. Henry was pretty likable and I felt for him, doesn’t everyone want to be loved and enough? I actually really liked Luc I know he is the bad buy but there was just something funny and also slightly sexy about him (I can’t tell you though how many times I went back and forth trying to decide how his name was pronounced). I even found myself a couple of times rooting for Addie and him, even though I was also rooting for Addie and Henry. Henry’s friends were fun even though we don’t learn a ton about them.

I thought overall this was a fun read and would definitely recommend, just give it time to get going. Also, I must say the ending did not end how I thought it would. I will also admit that I did in fact cry at the end of it and it takes quite a bit in a book to make me cry.

Reading Challenges:

  • Around The Year in 52 Book #18 – 3 Books related to “Past, Present, Future”
  • 52 Books in 52 Weeks #3 – A dual timeline
  • Popsugar #38 – About art or an artist
  • Magic in the Books #6 –  Read a book with a character whose name you can’t pronounce
  • Linz Bookworm #42 – With the letter V in the title or author’s name
  • NJM #20 – By a new to your author
  • Title A-Z – I & Author A-Z – V
  • Booklist Queen #8 – Author who uses initials
  • The Nerd Daily #23 – A new author to you
  • Pick Your Poison #13 – A book with a primarily black cover
  • Wizarding World Tour #1 – A book set in Spain or France
  • Mount TBR, Virtual Mount TBR, Historical Fiction, & Library Love
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