Release Date: October 6, 2020
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪🍪.5
This book had so much hype that I was kind of terrified that I’d read it and be let down, especially since I’m not much of a fantasy person. That being said, I never REALLY felt overwhelmed with fantasy. Yes, the whole premise is that Addie makes a deal with the Gods that come out after dark, but the day-to-day elements of the story were fairly mundane. Don’t be scared away by thinking this is super fantastical!
Once Addie is cursed, everyone who meets her forgets her as soon as she’s out of sight, which is especially exhausting since she lives forever. One day, after hundreds of years of living this way, someone remembers her.
I loved the juxtaposition of present day New York City with Addie’s experiences in the 1700’s in France and around Europe. It’s so unusual to be following the same character through such different times and places and it was fascinating. It felt like reading multiple books in one.
The premise of this story is fascinating and it was so interesting to see how Addie dealt with her curse on a daily basis in order to survive and how she found little ways to leave an impact on the world around her.
I found Addie’s relationship with Luc, the God who cursed her kind of random and confusing, and this was the one part of the story that didn’t totally grab me. That being said, there was so much rich, intricate, totally unique narrative woven throughout the hundreds of years of this book that I was still entirely enrapt.