Thu, April 11, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan Review

Invisibility book cover

Invisibility book cover

Invisibility
By Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Philomel, 358 pages
Source: Borrowed from Jillian <3

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I think it’s so fun when two fabulous authors combine forces. It’s so fascinating to see how their writing styles mesh. In this case, Levithan goes a little more paranormal, a la Cremer, and Cremer brings a bit more of a literary sense to her writing, a la Levithan. Three cheers for collaboration!

Love the concept, love the mashup of their writing…but unfortunately, not quite in love with the storyline. I am a big fan of unresolved sexual tension. Um, who isn’t, right? So, for my tastes, Stephen and Elizabeth got together FAR too quickly. I was about one-fourth through the story, and couldn’t help thinking, “Well, now what?” Also, it was a bit witchier than I anticipated.

So, not quite my taste, but still a fun concept and successful collab of writing styles.

Do you guys have a favorite co-authored book? I have to say, Levithan has been the champ of this for me previously in his work with John Green and Rachel Cohn. Sigh. Literary idol! I love you!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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11 Comments

  1. DannyBookworm said:

    Oh… I was hoping this book would be a little more epic…. And yes, a little more secual tension to build up would be nice!

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  2. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    Oh no 🙁 This one a REALLY anticipated read for me and I saw another review that had the same points… Sort of insta-love/developed too quickly and not 100% sold on the plot. Yikes 🙁 I may still try it but at least I know not to really get my hopes up!

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  3. Alexa Y. said:

    I was very surprised when I first heard about this book collaboration, honestly, and a little worried. I’m sure the writing will be great, but I am worried about the story too!

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  4. Jackie Lea Sommers said:

    Hmmm. I have this one pre-ordered, but your review is making me wonder if I should cancel it …

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  5. We Heart YA said:

    Hm. Sorry to hear this one didn’t quite work. If you want a great paranormal/invisibility story, we definitely recommend TRANSPARENT by Natalie Whipple. Suuuuch great characters and fun, clever storytelling.

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  6. Amanda @ Vivalabooks said:

    Oh darn… I was so siked to read a book by both these amazing authors! And, it would be nice of there was a bit of sexual tension instead of just insta-love. Oh well, I’m still probably going to read it, but it’s not on the top of my TBR list. Nice, honest review!

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  8. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

    Ah I’m sorry to hear that this one fell a bit short. I was rather curious about the author pairing because it’s not one I expected. I don’t personally have a favorite co-authored book right now.

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  9. Anna said:

    Lately I have been a sucker for sci fi/fantasy love stories. Just finished up “His Black Wings” by Astrid Yrigollen. Its like a steampunk Beauty and the Beast. You can check her out on goodreads. I am on the fence if I should pick this one up

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