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.
DNF at 171.
Am I the only one detecting a fairly-good similarity to David Levithan’s EVERY DAY? According to Goodreads, apparently not.
I suppose that’s not a bad thing… I thought EVERY DAY was pretty good, and I loved the ending. It’s just that there’s two themes here that bothered me.
- That’s right. Kiss on page 70, instalove straight after. Honestly, I’m kind of getting this impression that when you’re invisible (literally) by literary law, you need to fall in love with the first person who can see you.
- Ah, themes. Themes and writing. All of it seemed way too closely tied to EVERY DAY. It didn’t feel like it’s own story. At the basis of it all, I felt like I had seen most of this stuff before.
Cover, too. Even though this is a minor nitpick… I just can’t see that girl as Elizabeth. I really can’t. Every time I see her, something just sighs inside of me. Not only her appearance, but also her character and personality. Maybe that’s just me though…
This book started off pretty decently. It’s kind of funny how the book veered off into spells and visibility…considering how that was the part of EVERY DAY that I hated….
Stephen? Stephen was a cool guy. Sometimes he kind of annoyed me for various reasons, but nothing really major. Elizabeth though? Wow. Nice. She was kind of easy to dislike. Her narration held nothing for me.
Wouldn’t recommend this book. If you want to read something like this, I suggest you read EVERY DAY. 2 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 358
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