Author: Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
Publisher: Penguin Group
- Imprint: Philomel
Date Published: May 7th 2013
Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy). Paperback.
Source: From the publisher for review
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.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 6
The Writing Score: 3 out of 5
Recommendation: Casual Perusal
Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable
Rating: 3 out of 5
This book was okay. There were issues that were discussed such as homophobia and interesting characters like Laurie and Stephen. This book would’ve probably been a lot more interesting if we could get rid of Elizabeth all together because I didn’t care about her or find her compelling at all. The pacing felt off because I felt like there were two different approaches to the story running parallel. Through Stephen’s POV (written in Levithan’s style) we’re given more of thoughtful and contemporary story set within a paranormal backdrop (kind of like with Everyday but with the possibility of finding out why and a possible cure). With Elizabeth’s POV, it feels more like a typical paranormal story where it’s plot driven and the romance is something that blooms out of that. It just wasn’t interesting and apparently it’s part of a series given the way the first one ended so…yeah.
I really wish I had more to say *sigh*.
A. A. Omer
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