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’m a huge David Levithan fan, so this was a must read for me. I was very excited to give it a shot and was curious how he and Andrea Cremer would pull this book off. In the end, while I did enjoy the book, it felt a bit flat for me and hopefully my review can explain that for you all.
Stephen was a character that I liked pretty well. He’d spent his whole life invisible so he never had any friends or anyone to spend time with other than his mom who died awhile back. Because of this I felt very bad for him and was excited that Elizabeth could see him. I felt like their interaction was, well…. I wouldn’t say I disliked it, but it felt flat to me. David is known for having characters that really *spark* and have a lot of life to them. They always say witty funny things and keep me entertained. Stephen just didn’t quite have that spark to him, but I did still like him, he just could have been more. I could say the same thing with Elizabeth. She was interesting enough, but could have had a bit more OOMPH to her. I will say that they both are good about putting others first and protecting their friends and family. I also enjoyed Elizabeth’s interaction with her brother and Stephen with his father.
The one who DID have that *spark* was Laurie, Elizabeth’s brother. He was often the voice of reason for them but he also often cut in with something humorous to throw in and kept things a bit more interesting. I really enjoyed his character a lot and hope that he got his own happy ending.
The romance was okay. I felt like the ‘I love you’s’ came way too soon. I wasn’t yet feeling a vibe and a strong connection between them and in all honesty I never really did. I felt like we were told that they loved each other but never shown that true connection. However, I think that they made a good couple. I think that they probably had that special spark I just wasn’t given enough to feel it myself. I think they compliment each other well and that they each are what the other needs.
The paranormal aspect of the book surprised me. Yes, Stephen is invisible and there has to be a reason for it, but I still had it in my head that it would feel more contemporary. But once the paranormal came into play it was easier to accept Stephen’s little ‘issue’ to really understand why he was invisible. I think it worked well to make everything believable. Or to explain a lot of things.
The ending is something I’m unsure about how I feel. I understand that not everything is happily ever after for everyone, and that’s just real life. And it’s not that it’s a bad ending, but it has a lot of ‘accept your situation’ kind of stuff going on. While some things are solved, not everything is. That’s all I’m going to say.
By what I recall this book was pretty clean. I recommend this one to fans of the authors, but go in knowing this is something different for both of them. Try to keep your expectations reasonable and it’s possible you’ll be quite entertained by the story.
Disclosure: I received this book for free at ALAMW, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.