Thursday, June 20, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan [Review]

Invisibility3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: May 7, 2013
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Publisher: Philomel
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
The premise of this book seemed really interesting and fun, but unfortunately I found Invisibility to be just "ok".  One thing I did like was that I could definitely get a sense of each author's writing style (Levithan for Stephen and Cremer for Elizabeth).  It gave each character a very distinctive voice.  I especially enjoyed Stephen's narratives.  In fact, my favorite part of the book was learning how Stephen deals with his invisibility and also how his world is affected once he realizes Elizabeth can see him. 

The beginning of the story really does start off strong, but somewhere in the middle it gets bogged down and convoluted.  The added storyline of the cursecasters and spellseekers took up too much of story and kept it from focusing on the elements I enjoyed.  The story stalls right about the time Elizabeth starts her training.   I wished the book had focused on Stephen and Elizabeth's friendship and allowed for a slower build to their relationship.  As it were, they fell in love rather quickly and then were suddenly "boyfriend/girlfriend". It felt a bit off.  Also I had SO many questions about Stephen's invisibility that were never really answered.  And even though I enjoyed the invisibility aspect, I was still distracted by my questions the whole time. I guess, in the end, I wished the book had a smaller focus and tried to accomplish less.

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