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Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Saturday, November 08, 2014

“When no one can see who you are, no one really knows you. The loneliness must be like an ulcer that’s always gnawing at your gut.” 

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 read this after a good old fashioned The Invisible Man (the TV Show) marathon and I decided to pick it up not only because of the invisible boy stuff, but because it was written by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.

Stephen is an invisible boy and he has been invisible for his entire life. The only human interaction he had was with his mother, who recently died and with his father, who only supports him financially. Used to live alone and ignored, Stephen is shocked when one day a recently moved neighbor sees him.

The concept of the story is pretty awesome and I enjoyed the fact that it was set in New York City and not in some sort of small town where everyone knows everyone. The characters were bearable at least in the beginning, but my favorite was Laurie, Elizabeth’s brother. Even though he wasn’t one of the main characters, he successfully shinned more than Stephen and Elizabeth. It was nice to see glimpse of his story and not only the main characters’ one.

The thing that felt weird to me, especially after The Invisible Man marathon, was the supernatural elements added to explain Stephen’s invisibility issue. I expected a more scientific explication and not a curse, but it worked pretty well this way. Going on this path, the authors explored a brand new world underneath the real one which was cool.

As much as I liked the book, there were still parts which annoyed me. The major problem of the story was the instant love. The relationship between Stephen and Elizabeth was cute, but it just wasn’t believable. Elizabeth falls in love with this boy she only saw once or twice and by the third meeting they are boyfriend and girlfriend. By the end of the book she is ready to risk her life to make him visible again.

“I know there are epic tales of romance, where love means you're supposed to die. Where it's all about sacrifice. But I don't want to die. I don't want Stephen to die. I'm looking for the scenario where we both get to live. Where we can continue this marvel that is love and discovery and trust.” 

Another issue that I had with Invisibility was that even though the caster’s world was amazing and complex, sometimes it seemed to move too fast while adding too much information in the process.  

Top 5 Extremely Fun Movies for Kids to See This Halloween

Saturday, November 01, 2014
Watching scary movies during Halloween has become a tradition for me. However, a couple of decapitations later I’m glad to switch to a more kid-friendly movie, just to wash those images out of my head. Therefore, here is a top 5 extremely fun movies for kids to see this Halloween. 

Monsters, Inc 

The movie is about a cute little blue-furred monster named Sulley and his green, one-eyed assistant Mike that work for a company called Monsters, Inc. Their job is to scare kids because their screams make the monster’s world thrive. However, what will it happen when the child is not afraid and decides to follow the mythical creatures back to their humble world? 

The Haunted Mansion 

Produced by Disney and starring Eddie Murphy, The Haunted Mansion is a good choice for Halloween. Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) is a workaholic realtor more preoccupied with his job rather than his family. By a twist of fate, he is summoned, together with his wife and children, to an impressive mansion. However, they quickly find out that the house is haunted. As he struggles to save his family, Jim learns an important lesson about the family he neglected for so long. 

Halloweentown Series 

Another movie series made by Disney Channel that caught my attention is Halloweentown. This 4 movie series centers upon Marnie, a teenage girl, who discovers that her entire family are witches. While her mother tries to keep Marnie and her two other siblings out of the magical and dangerous world of witches, their grandma has other plans. In the last movie of the series, you will also see a resemblance with the universe of Harry Potter, more particularly with Hogwarts. 

Harry Potter 

It might not be for Halloween, but is a great immersion into the world of witches, warlocks and other creatures. Follow Harry and his friends as they try to balance school with battling Lord Voldemort and prevent him to destroy the world. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas 

The movie might be a bit old, but it’s still among the most watched animated films on Halloween. Follow the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, as he falls in love with Christmas Town. Fascinated by Christmas, he tries to bring this holiday in his own town. Will he succeed? You have to watch it.

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