Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
Publishes in US: May 7th 2013 by Philomel
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: library
Series? No, standalone.

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     I wanted to read this one because the idea of invisibility appeals tho me. Then s added in the fact that the only person that can see him is the girl that he is attracted to.

       The beginning was a little slow for me but once the dual narrative and Elizabeth entered the story it picked up. It wasn't necessarily that I didn't connect to him but I just liked her more. Elizabeth knew that something was off and a little weird from their first stroll through the park, butt there was a spark between them and she didn't think it was something bad, just different. He was hiding the fact that no one else could see him. I don't think that it was necessarily that he was being deceptive but it would be really hard tho believe and he also didn't want to lose the only person that could see him since not even his parents could see him and it would be very lonely.

        One thing that bothered me was that in my kindle library copy there wasn't any indication besides chapter breaks as to who is talking. While after a few words or sentences it was easy enough to figure out it was jarring to me.

        Both characters had their own voice and personalities and I liked tuff at whole romance was a big focus, out wasn't the only plot line. Elizabeth and her brother were close and I always enjoy a good family dynamic. Laurie, the brother had a lot of baggage but it was nice to see him flourishing in New York.

      When Elizabeth first find out about the invisibility, or was so proud of her reaction. She was outraged and disbelieving, questioning herself and sanity like a normal person would. But what got to her the most was the lies he told, not only to cover up invisibility, but other things such as school and stuff about his parents.

     I felt like I still wanted to know what happened after about 65% but I was also skimming a lot too. I am not sure if it was my mood, or if the plot just started to slow down and meander a bit.

    I didn't get the ending that I sincerely hoped for, but I think that it wrapped up in a realistic (for paranormal anyways) and okay manner. That they had hope for certain things to change, but they are stronger than they were before they met each other.

     Bottom Line: Good book about a concept I liked.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
What would you do with power of invisibility for a day?
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  1. Heh, I'm so glad to see that a reader liked a girl POV more than the guy's. It's usually the opposite :D Yay for other things than romance, though I do love me some swoony romance :) Eh, sorry you felt like skimming. I've heard that it isn't a very powerful read and seems like it didn't exactly hit the mark for you either. Glad you enjoyed as a whole. And heh! I'd probably sneak into Maggie Stiefvater's and take a sneek peak at the last Raven Cycle book she's probably writing ;)

  2. Your review is really interesting. I would really love to read this book, sounds like something I'd enjoy!

  3. I really liked the idea of this book. It fell apart for me a little bit toward the end, but I agree about each character having a distinct voice....

  4. Jenea WhittingtonJune 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I have seen this one at my library, but I passed on picking it up. I might have to go back and get it, it does sounds pretty good. Great review.

  5. I have heard people raving about David Levithan but I haven't had the chance to read any of his books yet. If I was invisible for a day, I would sneak onto an airplane and go to Australia or something so that way I don't have to pay for the plane ticket but can still go! Getting back...well maybe I'll just stay in Australia :)

  6. This sounds really interesting read, i haven't been able to check any Leviathan book yet. Hopefully I can soon.

    Great review.
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  7. I've been wanting to check this book out, but I never did. I don't know if I still want to because it sorta of fell off my radar. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  8. I also hope the next one will be better for you. I didn't know that Andrea Cremer was writing another series with an author.

  9. That's a pet peeve of mine too, reading a dual POV book without any chapter POV titles. I get confused and I don't care if I'm considered dumb for not being able to discern who's talking, it's fiction! I shouldn't have to speculate like that.

  10. Bookworm BrandeeJune 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Sounds like the confusion over the POV really took away from your enjoyment, Brandi. And that's too bad since it is such a unique concept for a book. I'm glad you took some pleasure in the story though. I like strong family dynamics in a story too.

  11. Ooh I think POV titles are really necessary so not sure how I feel about this. This book also reminds a few books I read by Meg Cabot when I was a bit younger, the Meditator series. I enjoyed those and it was a similar idea. I don't think I will try this one because I've read one so close to it before, and the POV thing would bother me a bit...

    If I was invisible for a day I would go meet (more like stalk) some celebrities and live the luxurious life, things I wouldn't usually be able to afford. Maybe hitch a free ride on a plane and travel somewhere. Who knows? What would you do?


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