Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week.

I celebrated my seventeenth year of life recently, and because of that, I naturally got a big haul of books. Now, I will admit that some of these I purchased as my own birthday presents, but I couldn't help it. I GOT 5 HARDCOVERS FOR LESS THAN $30! That's an accomplishment if ever there was one. Granted they were used, but I bet you can't even guess which they were, they're in such great condition.

Also, I'm (hopefully) getting my license soon, which means I'll be even more broke because I'll constantly be driving to the bookstore (and this one ice cream joint down the road). Broke and fat. What a good combination. But NO REGRETS. Anyway, here's the haul! I already read the first three, but I just wanted them in hardcover, for the record.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Permanent Record by Leslie Stella
 Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes

Feel free to share your links! I'd love to check them out too!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Invisibility by David Levithan & Andrea Cremer

Rating: 1/5 stars
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.

Stephen a boy cursed from birth to be invisible meets Elizabeth, who can somehow see him, despite said curse. They work together to break the curse and discover that Elizabeth is a spellcaster along the way.

Though Invisibility seemed to have so much potential to be an amazing book, there were just some blatant issues throughout it that couldn't be ignored, no matter how much I tried. I absolutely adored Stephen's point of view in the beginning which was solemn, yet still so deep, but Elizabeth annoyed me so deeply, that I don't believe there can ever be any redemption for her in my eyes. Up to the end, she successfully made me hate her.

While the first 50 pages seemed alright, from there, I knew this book was on a downward spiral. The extent of their interaction was a walk in the park and talking to one another briefly. Then, they kiss. Then, following very close after, instalove. I will be the first to say that while sometimes instalove is interesting to read, this one was so fast and utterly unbelievable. Am I really meant to believe that they're ready for I'll-die-for-you love already?
Following that, I realized that Elizabeth could not become more of a Mary Sue if she tried. Now, let me make it clear that being a Mary Sue is one thing that I really can't stand. Especially when the author didn't even try to hide it. She LITERALLY is able to do stuff on her first day her mentor couldn't do in her wildest imagination.

There was one single relationship that I wanted to read more about and that was the one between Stephen and his estranged father. When they spoke, it seemed so much more real than any other interaction in the book. But of course, that lasted for maybe less than a third of the book and was ignored the rest of the way.

Quite frankly, I almost quit several times throughout Invisibility, but managed to force myself to finish since I bought it in hardcover. I regret spending my money like that. And I really did expect more from a David Levithan book.

Rating: 1/5 stars

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