Review: INVISIBILITY by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer

by David Levithan & Andrea Cremer
ISBN-13: 978-399257605
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
Pages: 368
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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

A magical romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him, by New York Times bestselling authors 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.

My Thoughts:

INVISIBILITY is a novel that is both beautifully romantic and magical while hosting a storyline that is wickely dark and frightening. This novel is the perfect amalgamation of well known authors Andrea Cremer and David Levithan and I read it in one sitting and was left clamoring for more. There better be more....

INVISIBILITY is told from dual points of view between Stephen and Elizabeth, teens both living in the same apartment building. Elizabeth is a recent transplant from Minnesota after a tragedy that tears her family apart. Stephen is reclusive and quiet, a prisoner of circumstances....a curse that was bestowed upon him by his very on grandfather. Yet, despite his entire life being unseen by anyone Elizabeth seems to see him quite clearly and Stephen's world is rocked to it's very core. Then Stephen confides in Elizabeth of his malediction,  and together they devise a plan to find the answers to his cure.  But they soon realize that they are in greater danger than they ever thought possible. Stephen's grandfather is back in town and time is running out.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed INVISIBILITY for it was just the perfect type of contemporary read with a supernatural twists that is always a joy to witness. Initially when I saw the term Cursecasters and Spellcasters used I immediately thought of another series but that was quickly brushed away as the storyline became further involved. And although I enjoy INVISIBILITY and it's contemporary paranormal edged story line what really knocked me off my feet was the budding romance between Stephen and Elizabeth.  Both were misfits in their own right but together they made sense, they complimented one another and it was beautiful to witness. 

" I should be happy. Most of the time I am. Most of the time happy isn't enough of a word to describe how I feel. I lose myself in Stephen without being lost. I find myself in Stephen when I didn't know I was there waiting to be found."  Chapter 8, Page 87

It is moments like that that made my chest tighten and an audible sigh would escape my lips and I would end it on a smile.  Although Stephen and Elizabeth command most of the story line there are some characters that deserve a mention. One of them is Elizabeth's brother Laurie, he provides a bit of heart and the comedic relief that he gives INVISIBILITY is priceless. Then there is Millie the spellseeker, the teacher and  voice of reason who firmly grounds the supernatural element of this story and helps the doomed pair.

INVISIBILITY is the perfect read for everyone because it has the best elements anyone can want in a story; action, mystery, romance and some of most beautiful words put together to make you just melt and shiver. I highly recommend this book and hope that there are many more to follow.


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