May 30, 2014

Wicked Review: Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer

Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Speak
Acquired: Paperback

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.

I don't really buy physical books unless I see its ratings on Goodreads or if the blurb is really nice. But I went against my better judgement and bought it anyway. I did not regret it.

I love how Stephen and Elizabeth's relationship developed. Elizabeth, being the new girl, isn't really that open to the idea of being in a new place but she's not really itching to go back to her old home in Minnesota which is why I think she's grateful that Stephen walked in her life.

Stephen's curse, his invisibility, is downright cruel. Cruel because his grandfather is a cursecaster, someone who gets off cursing everyone in his way. He cursed him way before he was born which is probably the most cruel thing I have ever read. I felt my heart break as his father explained to him why he was invisible. To live in a world where no one sees you is such a lonely life to live in.

Elizabeth discovered she's a spellseeker, someone who can draw out curses. Knowing this, she knew that she could Stephen but it would cost her life. But she didn't care. She wanted to save Stephen because she loves him and she wants to destroy his grandfather once and for all.

But not all books have ends the way we want it to be. And I think it just goes to show that life is unpredictable. Stephen and Elizabeth goes back in their own bubble and they're happy to be there, with each other. Love need not be filled with drama and promises of the future. Sometimes, you hold his or her hand and just be together. Living in the moment.

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

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