Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
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I was super excited for this book. I loved Every Day by David Levithan and The Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. I expected to be balling my eyes out, fanning myself during steamy scenes, and swooning for the great romance. Instead I felt nothing. My expectations might have been set too high.
Stephen has been invisible since birth. His grandfather put a curse on his mom and the only way to break it is to find him. Problem is the curse also made the grandfather invisible. Elizabeth moves into the apartment building and is the first person to ever see Stephen. They meet and fall in love and we learn there is something special about Elizabeth and why she can see him. Along with Elizabeth's delightful brother, Laurie, they decide to track down Stephen's grandfather, Arbus, and break his curse.
So Stephen and Elizabeth fall madly in love or so I'm told. I felt like the problem with this book for me was that is was all tell and no show. Like during one part Stephen is talking about how Elizabeth comes over all the time and she spends the night and they do kiss and go a bit further but no where near sex. I'm thinking can I see some steamy kisses and hear the sweet nothings you whisper in her ear. Instead I'm told weeks pass and that they are hanging out in his apartment and they go on walks to the park and that they fall in love during this time but I don't really get to see it or hear their conversations.
I expected to feel awful for Stephen being invisible the same way I felt awful for A in Every Day by David Levithan, who changed bodies. I expected a heated romance sort of like Calla and Shay as well as Calla and Ren in the Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer but really didn't see the spark. Laurie was a great secondary character and I did enjoy his interactions with Stephen which were funny at times since Laurie couldn't see Stephen. The plot with the curses and spellseekers was interesting. I finally worked up some emotion and adrenaline at about 95% which was just in time to be let down by the open ending. So my final feelings are that it was a decent book but lacked the passion and emotion I was hoping for. I love these authors so I will still continue to check out their other books and I hope everyone else will whether or not they like this one.
"I, for one, am feeling a little left out of the magic bandwagon" Lauie proclaims. "Unless, of course, I'm really a spellcaster. I mean, I've cast spells on plenty of boys. But, wait--that wasn't magic. That was just because I'm so damn purty."