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Curses and Spells, A Review of INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Posted by on May 10, 2013
Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
358 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: May 7th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

Everyone feels invisible sometime or the other. For Stephen, invisibility has a more literal meaning. Because he actually is invisible. From the moment he was born, he was a boy no one could see, not even his mother.

INVISIBILITY is the first novel I’ve read by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, and I was lucky enough to read a novel written by them both. Written in dual point-of-view, by Stephen and Elizabeth, it switches between a world of empty loneliness and a world many of us are familiar with.

INVISIBILITY takes place in modern day New York – there’s even a mention of TARDIS in there, for all you Doctor Who lovers. But what’s different about this New York is that the authors have added a new layer to it, one filled with curses and spells and a dark, sadness that seems all too plausible, despite its seeming impossibility. And though it deals in the paranormal – with invisibility and curses – it still felt like a contemporary.

While INVISIBILITY lacked in fast-paced action, I kept turning the pages because of the choice of words, and the utter distinction between the voices of Stephen and Elizabeth. Particulary Elizabeth, because she’s like us, new to a world where curses are real.

All in all, INVISIBILITY is a must-read. I wouldn’t call in unbelievably good, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  1. I can't wait to read Invisibility now. I loved Levithan's Every Day, which is also a paranormal with a contemporary feel, and if there's a Doctor Who reference, I HAVE to read it. :)

  2. Oooo, I'm glad to see that people are starting to post reviews about this one! I think it sounds really interesting and I wanna read it, that's for sure! Great review! I'm always blown away by really awesome dual POVs, so I'm glad that these two sound so awesome!

  3. Nice review! Been reading lots of mixed ones. And I am getting the vibe that this read is a little more contemp than paranormal and that the invisibility and curse are the paranormal aspects. Not sure how I feel about that being a paranormal reader. But still nice review! :)

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