“I remember you.”
I finished this book a few hours back and I want to write this review now before I forget all the emotions this book made me feel. I haven’t read a lot over the past month and was drifting looking for a new book to read. I usually screenshot book recommendations from other bloggers that spike my interest and go through those to find my next read. Fellow blogger, Imi, recommended this book to me and I decided to give it a try.
STORY– Addie LaRue is a young woman living in a small village in France in the 1700s. She has always dreamt of a life that isn’t confined to the perimeter of her village; a life more than just marriage and kids. On the night of her marriage, Addie runs away and in desperation makes a deal with the Devil. A long life, long enough to travel and see the world and whenever she is tired of her life – her soul is the devil’s to take. Only that the devil doesn’t make such easy deals – he curses her to a long life where no one will ever remember her – whoever she meets will forget her the second they turn their back to her. And so Addie lives life like that for 300 years, lost in people’s memories – until she stumbles upon a boy (Henry Strauss) in a book shop in New York – a boy who remembers her.
REVIEW – The book has a very slow start, the initial 20% of the book had me very disinterested. But it picked up pace with Henry’s entry and then I was hooked.
Things I Liked –
- Henry Strauss – I was only hooked to the book because of him. I could relate with Henry SO much. I literally teared up the entire time I was reading his story cause it almost felt like I was reading my own story. I highlighted so many portions of his story. I would tell you more but it would spoil the book for you.
- Luc- You know I date THE worst people because I was so crushing on the devil! I love the devil’s character in the book. I looked forward to his appearance and I liked how the author almost humanizes him.
- The historical aspects and people sprinkled across the novel. I loved the snippets of history and the historical people that the author mentioned across the length of Addie’s journey. I just wish there was more emphasis on them.
- The book gave me hope and made me cry a lot. I know it is going to sound weird but I love books, movies and art that move me enough to get me crying.
Things I Didn’t Like –
- I didn’t really like Addie’s character – I felt like the author didn’t give us much to fall in love with – no characteristics, no experiences – I didn’t feel very connected to her. The author sort of made her character – a rebel without a cause.
- Addie’s adventures weren’t very exciting. For someone who bartered their soul for time to go on adventures – her adventures were all around very regular and mostly around men and love. While I understand she had to work around her curse and then figure out life – but it just feels like she could have done so much more in 300 years. She instead focuses her energy on her fight with the devil which is such a waste of 300 years and a lot of pages.
- Her yearning for a man/woman to love her makes her whole escape from the humdrum of married life seem moot. I mean I get that we all want to be loved but the story focuses so much on it that it almost makes you wonder why she ran away from a husband and a married life.
- The ending – it was extremely predictable – I knew what was going to happen and if you are an avid reader/movie watcher – you will know it from a few hundred pages before. I kept waiting for that twist but it never came.
VERDICT – I enjoyed reading the book. It took a while for it to grow on me but I was hooked to the story in the second half. I balled my eyes out while reading the later bits. I love a good love story! Was it the best book I’ve read? No. But it is definitely worth a read especially if you like romantic books. I’d give this book a 7.5/10.
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