Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

April 28th, 2013 Kimberly Review 53 Comments

28th Apr
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
by Andrea Cremer
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
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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 have enjoyed David Levithan’s previous works and so I was excited to read Invisibility his collaboration with Andre Cremer. He takes his readers on a journey that leaves them in awe at the close of the book(s). From magic, to romance to friendship I was completely caught up in the tale and its characters. While I clearly heard Levithan’s voice throughout the novel, I was equally impressed by Cremer and look forward to explore more of her works. Invisibility is a book to be both devoured and savored.

The tale begins when we meet a single mom and her two teenage children as they move into an apartment building in NYC. Recently relocated from Minnesota they are fragile and rebuilding their lives after a vicious hate crime tore their family apart. Laurie is attending summer school, Mom is adjusting to her new job and that leaves Elizabeth to unpack the apartment. While trying to open the door and unload packages she spies Stephen and no one is more surprised that she can see him, then Stephen. Stephen was born invisible; no one, not even his mother has ever seen him. The tale that unfolds is filled with romance, danger, and acceptance.

The tale is told in dual POV’s going back and forth between chapters giving us an intimate look into the minds of Elizabeth and Stephen. Elizabeth is struggling after her brother’s attack and betrayal from people in her life. She immediately connects with Stephen, and while at first, it felt a little like insta-love the romance settled and gained more substance. She is really trying to discover herself or reinvent herself and we see this from simple things like trying to change her name to the way she is drawn to Stephen. While I didn’t always agree with her, I understood what drove her. She has moments of kick-ass which I adored, she can be selfish and in the next moment put others ahead of herself. In a nut-shell, she is complicated and felt fleshed-out and genuine. Stephen is strong, an island unto himself and doesn’t realize how lonely his existence has been until Elizabeth and her world collides with his. A part of him embraces all of it and another wants to keep a bubble around himself and Elizabeth. Their romance was pure, slow, tender, and bittersweet. You cannot help but wish them a happy ending. Laurie is a shining star, an optimist and a survivor. He is there for both of them and I adored this young man. Millie, Saul and Stephen’s grandfather help us understand the curse and magical aspects of the tale and added to the overall suspense.

Invisibility is a tale you want to savor, and the tale flows beautifully. It’s the type of book where you slide right into the world, look up and realize you’ve consumed a hundred or more pages. I did not find myself rushing towards the conclusion and instead basked in the unfolding of the tale. The curse, Spellbinders, spellcasters, and curse casters were all fascinating. The authors did an excellent job of providing enough history to make it feel plausible and yet I craved more. I loved the descriptive style used to describe the curses afflicting victims and the way Elizabeth was able to see them. There are intense battles, and scenes which were vividly described and I felt like I was right there in the middle of it all. There were lessons to be learned, questions to be asked and ideas to be pondered as I weaved further into the tale. The ending gives us both resolution and unanswered questions but most of all hope. Another book could easily be created and this tale continued or the author(s) can leave us to create our own idea of happily-ever-after.

For fans of Levithan’s Every Day, Invisibility is a must read. If you are seeking an original paranormal with fleshed-out characters that will make you ponder some of lifes biggest questions then this book is for you. Andrea Creamer is the author of the popular NightShade series and I look forward to exploring more of her works.

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53 Responses to “Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan”

  1. Jenny Zemanek

    So glad you enjoyed this one Kimba! I had a few small issues with it, but overall I really enjoyed both Elizabeth and Stephen. Stephen in particular got to me, his opening chapters just about broke my heart and I could feel the loneliness pouring off him. I hope David and Andrea decide to pair up again in the future, lovely review!

  2. Christy (Love of Books)

    This is the first and only review I’m going to read for this book until after I’ve read it. And I’m going to read SOON. I’m already trying to fit it into my May schedule.

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    I will say, I looked today and reviews are all over the dang place, but I really like David’s writing style and the characters connected for me..hope you enjoy it!

  4. kindlemom1

    I am so relieved you loved this one because I really want to read it but I haven’t seen a whole lot about it yet (which I am sure with the release date around the corner that will change here soon).
    Great review! I can’t wait to savor this one! 😉

  5. Nick

    This sounds like a really good book, Kim. I haven’t read anything by David Levithan, but I’ve heard wonderful things about his writing. It’s good to know that this presents something original in the YA paranormal genre. Love the sound of the characters and the romance. Definitely going to be on the look-out for this one at my library!
    Lovely review, Kim!

  6. brandileigh2003

    The magic and friendship make me want to read this even more. I haven’t read anything by Leviathan but I want to read this one and some of his other stuff as well. I am so drawn to the dual POV as well, because it gives a more rounded picture and there is no guessing what the other is thinking/feeling

  7. Kat (AussieZombie)

    Ah this sounds so good – I’m a huge fan of David Levithan’s solo work, so I’m excited to hear this one has all the emotions! Great review!

  8. kimbacaffeinate

    ooh well if you love both authors, you made need to go to the library then if you are on a ban…god love ya I could never do it..LOL

  9. Michelle

    Wow! How did I now know about these two authors working together. I am so out of the book loop lately. But this looks AWESOME! Great review Kimba. Thanks so much for bringing this book to my attention. It makes me want to break my book buying ban and preorder a copy!

    Hope all is well with you 🙂

  10. Toni

    This sounds excellent! Adding to my TBR right now. Thank you for the great review 🙂

  11. Christa

    I love David Levithan and I love books that make you forget the world around you. It’s been too long since I’ve read a book like that. Very excited to read this book.

  12. Heidi

    I have not tried either of these authors, yet but I do have Everyday scheduled sometime this summer. So happy to hear that this collaboration worked! I will definitely try and check it out.

  13. Jessica

    Great review!! I am curious about this one! I come from the opposite of you in this sense. I have read and enjoyed Andrea but have yet to read any of David’s books! Cannot wait to read this one for myself soon!

  14. Lark

    I’ve been on the shelf about this one, but your description of the characters, and how you describe “sliding into the world”, are winning me over. And it is indeed an original paranormal in a field of (way too many) vampires and werewolves and a growing population of mermaids. 😉

  15. Jennifer Bielman

    Um Wow, I love the concept. So original. And the characters sound great too. So happy you loved it. I guess I have to add to my wish-list again. lol.

  16. candacerobinson

    Oh YAY! I have been SO eager to read this one! I’m very excited to read your good review! I want to drop everything and start reading right now!

  17. Lauren

    I love both Andrea’s Nightshade series and Levithan’s books, especially Every Day. I’m thrilled to hear you loved this, I’m planning on tackling my ARC this weekend *hopefully.* I plan on savoring it like you said, so the weekend just makes sense. 🙂 Lovely review!

  18. kimbacaffeinate

    ooh, yeah this has the same flow as Every Day, but I think the dual pov’s made this different. It happens, there are books peeps love that I DNF’d or thought meh? I will hope for a sunny outcome:)

  19. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’ll definitely give this one a try just to see how well Cremer and Levithan function together, but to be honest, there’s just something about his books that doesn’t work for me. Everyone but me liked Every Day, and I suspect that might be the case with Invisibility as well. Still, I can’t help but hope things will be different this time.
    Lovely review!

  20. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    Wow, the premise for this one sounds really interesting! I have a copy of Every Day but still need to read it & I’m yet to read Cremer as well.

    A great review! 🙂

  21. Trish Hannon

    Already on my wish list, I’m even more anxious to get it now. Paranormal with great characters and thought provoking ideas, sounds like a must read soon.

  22. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Wow! This really sounds like a book for me. Especially when you said: “If you are seeking an original paranormal with fleshed-out characters that will make you ponder some of life’s biggest questions then this book is for you.” Uh, yea.. it’s for me then! 😀

  23. Barbara Walker

    This was on my maybe-list and now it’s on my must-list. 🙂 I still haven’t gotten around to Every Day, but I just remembered Levithan co-wrote Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares with Rachel Conn, so I can at least say I’ve read *something* by him. Wonderful review, sweetie!