Tuesday, May 7, 2013

3 stars: 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."

Published May 7th 2013 by Philomel. I received a digital ARC of this story.

Raise your hand if you love David Levithan! Wow, not shocking that all of you who know who he is put your hand up! That is why, when I saw a new book by him, I had to read it ASAP! Not only was the book by him (OK, he's one of two authors), but the premise also sounded great. Win-win!

Then... I read it. You know how when someone tells you that a new movie is like this generation's Clueless, so you run out to see it, but it can't possibly live up to your expectations? That would be this book for me.

The plot was unique and the writing was good, which are both important to me. However, the story was lacking. I felt like the premise was a bit too flimsy or simplistic, and I just wanted to get to the end (so not a good sign), but it was hard since there wasn't too much happening in the book. I didn't feel that enough changed between the beginning and end of the story. Spoiler alert: Stephen didn't really have any loved ones at the beginning of the story, but at the end, he had a girlfriend, and a better relationship with his father. That's pretty much all that changed.

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