Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Invisibility Review

Title: Invisibility
Authors:  Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
Published May 7th 2013 by Philomel

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.
Have you ever felt as if you were invisible?  No one seems to notice you at all no matter what you do.  What if you really were invisible?  Stephen is.  He has spent his whole life wondering why he cannot be seen by anyone.  His mother, his father, no one in the world knows what Stephen looks like, not even Stephen.  Then one day Stephen meets his new neighbor Elizabeth.  Elizabeth sees what know one else does.  She sees Stephen, and it scares and excites him.  Does this mean his curse is wearing off?

Stephen's mother has passed away.  His father sends him money but is never around, choosing a new life and family where he can actually see his children.  Neither one of Stephen's parents ever told him exactly why he was cursed, only that he was. Stephen has felt nothing but loneliness since his mother died, but now that he's met Elizabeth things are about to change for Stephen and Elizabeth.  As it turns out Stephen's curse is not wearing off.  No one can see him except Elizabeth.  What does that mean?  Can she help him break the curse?  First the two will need to find out what the curse is exactly.  Joining them in their quest to uncover the truth of Stephen's existence is Elizabeth's brother, Laurie.  He can't see Stephen, but he's willing to help out no matter what.  The three friends work hard to get to the bottom of Stephen's mystery, and in doing so are introduced to a world of magic and evil that none ever imagined existed.

Andrea Cremer and David Levithan create a beautifully written novel in Invisibility.  I couldn't wait to find out what was really going on, and then the ending was somewhat of a surprise.  I'm hoping there will be a sequel because I hated to see this story end.  A definite must read.

 *reviewed by Casie, YA @ Cpl. J. R. Searcy Memorial Library

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