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Book Review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
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An enchanting fantasy that takes a fresh look at a venerable notion -- for what would you give your immortal soul? And what price would you pay to obtain it?

Adelaine LaRue is faced with both those questions when, at 23, she flees her village home in 1714 France to escape a marriage and a confined future she cannot accept. After trying every conceivable argument and charm, she steps over the one boundary her aging mentor has set: Never pray to the gods that answer after dark.

The bargain, eventually, is struck. Adelaine -- now Addie -- will be free forever. The price, which she is yet to fully understand, is that she will vanish from the memory of anyone who sees her the moment she is out of their sight. For 300 years, she lives on the edges of normal life, constantly struggling for its bare necessities but unable to die, touching bases from time to time with the seductive, malevolent, controlling manifestation of chaos she had called from darkness all those years ago. And then a young man in a New York City bookshop says three words that will change everything: "I remember you."

Moving easily through Addie's long journey through time, readers will see her grow and change from a naive village girl to a woman who must create not only her own life but her own moral code as she dances to the tune she herself helped compose. And when she is pulled into the world of Henry, who offers her the chance at a kind of normality, that code is challenged and Addie must make a decision that leads to the ultimate confrontation with the creature who owns her soul.

Peopled with beautifully-developed characters and sparkling with fresh ideas, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a dark seduction which, once read, will never be forgotten.