I have seen this book all over the blogosphere and seen polar opposite reviews. I had liked a few books by the author before and was curious what I would think about it. A few stories like this out there but the strongest persistent thought in my head a little way into the book was that it reminded me of the movie with Blake Lively: The Age of Adaline. This feeling stayed with me for most of the reading, although the salient points varied in that narrative and this.
Moving on to the plot itself, we have our leading lady Addie who has made a bargain which means she can herself leave no mark while she lives forever. It is a torturous existence, to say the least.
In the year 2014, finally, something is set to change. This is what the predominant chapters of the book were about. In alternating chapters, we find out about the original Addie and her life and what has led her here after all this time.
The writing was smooth and clear, and vivid enough to keep me reading. The problem, however, was with the story/plotline itself. It involved repetitive imagery, and although it was fascinating to look back at some history of France, it did not hold up the entire book for me.
I liked the book but did not love it. I would definitely pick up another book by this author but probably not another book on this topic again.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.