Invisibility | Rooms | Infinite In Between | MiniReviews

Mini book reviews of Invisibility by Andrea Creamer and David Levithan, Rooms by Lauren Oliver, and Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler.

I am essentially looking forward to that day when my NEED TO BE REVIEW goodreads shelf is down to zero, but dear friends, today is not that day. Of course, you all know mini reviews are my favorite thing of late. Here are three more – I liked two of the books just fine. There was one book, however, which I actually really quite enjoyed.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Invisibility | Rooms | Infinite In Between | MiniReviewsInvisibility by Andrea Cremer, David Levithan
Also by this author: Nightshade, The Inventor's Secret, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Narrator: Mandy Siegfried, MacLeod Andrews
Length: 9 Hours 40 Minutes
Published by Penguin on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, General, Family, Fantasy
Pages: 284
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781101602881

A magical romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him, by New York Times bestselling authors Andrea Cremer (Nightshade) and David Levithan (Every Day)
Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.
Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you’re invisible, no one can hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It’s easy to blend in there.
Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her—all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way—a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. And once they’re thrust into this world, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how deep they’re going to go—because the answer could mean the difference between love and death.

Praise for INVISIBILITY * " Levithan and Cremer again prove themselves masters of their craft. The inventive, enrapturing story that follows involves spellseekers and a curse-casting grandfather, but Stephen’s and Elizabeth’s journey is largely about redemption, self-acceptance, and love. Cremer and Levithan make Stephen’s invisibility something every reader can relate to, and therein lies the magic." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A must-read for both the realist and the romantic!" --Teen Vogue
"[An] enigmatic mash-up of fantasy and romance set in contemporary real-world Manhattan. The collaboration of Levithan and Cremer creates a seamless narrative." --Booklist
“Once in a while, along comes a book like this one, written by two great authors, with a fun premise and nice execution, and I don't feel like I need to cover my enjoyment of it with a cough and a sheepish grin. So thanks for that, Andrea Cremer and David Levithan!” --ForeverYA   "Cremer and Levithan craft a tale of love and magic in their first collaborative effort." --School Library Journal
"A fast-paced supernatural thriller that will surely leave readers wanting more.[A] love child of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Levithan’s Every Day." --Kirkus Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.

Invisibility by Andrea Creamer and David Levithan is a standalone young adult book with a supernatural twist. I listened to the book via Hoopla through my library while having a very old ARC on hand to consult throughout. I mean, the ARC is three years old so you can surmise that I am the worst. Anyways, I have enjoyed books by both Creamer and Levithan. Thus, I was feeling relatively optimistic about Invisibility. 

Invisibility is basically a romance between a boy who is invisible, Stephen, and the one girl who can see him, Elizabeth. Basically, Stephen has had to adjust his life around being invisible. He’s been lonely since his mother died. However, he is used to it. It catches him off guard when the new girl in his NYC apartment building can see him. There are some wacky situations that come out of it, given that Elizabeth thinks everyone else can see Stephen. Ultimately, though, the book does turn serious as Stephen and Elizabeth search for a way to save Stephen and to undo the powerful curse that is on him. There are witches and magic.

In all, Creamer and Levithan’s Invisibility reads like a contemporary with paranormal elements. It reminds me a little bit of 2009 and 2010 when paranormal was the it thing in YA. The audiobook is narrated by MacLeod Andrews who has a whole lot of range as I am discovering. In addition, Mandy Siegfried narrates for the Elizabeth chapters. Siegfried is new to me. Her narration certainly is appropriate to the story though. I’ll admit that this book will not stay with me forever and has not earned a spot among my favorites. Yet, it was a fine read. Invisibility is the book for you if you’re looking for a palate cleanser and a book that you know isn’t going to be earth shattering.

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Invisibility | Rooms | Infinite In Between | MiniReviewsRooms by Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls, Vanishing Girls, Replica
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy, Barbara Caruso, Elizabeth Evans, Noah Galvin, Cynthia Darlow, Courtney Shaw
Length: 9 Hours 20 Minutes
Published by Hodder And Stoughton Limited on August 27th 2015
Pages: 344
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781473612983

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane--a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family--bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna--have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself--in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide--with cataclysmic results.
Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

I feel like some kind of Lauren Oliver superfan because I’ve read and reviewed nearly all of her books with like three exceptions. No worries I am coming for those books soon because I am a little bit of a completionist. Rooms is Lauren Oliver’s first adult fiction book. For some odd reason, I put off reading it for basically forever. I mean, I even received an early review copy at BEA 2014. Yet, somehow I never got to it. Maybe I was intimidated because it was not her typical young adult fare.

So, the audiobook of Rooms via my BB Hoopla is how I finally got to Lauren Oliver’s adult book. Rooms is basically told from all these different points of view. It’s about this house that a man, Richard Walker who is a total douche, leaves behind. The house is haunted by two ghosts who eventually are joined by a third ghost. Meanwhile, Richard’s estranged family returns to the house to figure out their inheritances. There’s an air of mystery surrounding the third ghost. In all, this is such a layered creepy wonderful story. I really should have read it sooner because Lauren Oliver’s writing is intricate and amazing.

The audiobook has quite the cast of narrators – a separate one for each point of view character. The narrators consist of: Orlagh Cassidy, Barbara Caruso, Elizabeth Evans, Noah Galvin, Cynthia Darlow, and Courtney Shaw. Noah Galvin was the only one who was familiar to me. The others I thought really enhanced the audiobook experience. I liked that each character chapter had a distinct voice. I think if you’re going to read Rooms and you really should, do it via audiobook.

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Invisibility | Rooms | Infinite In Between | MiniReviewsInfinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Also by this author: The Future of Us
Narrator: Erin Yuen
Length: 7 Hours 41 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Coming of Age, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings, Girls & Women
Pages: 496
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062323057

The Breakfast Club meets Boyhood in this striking young adult novel from Printz Honor author Carolyn Mackler, which chronicles the lives of five teenagers through the thrills, heartbreaks, and joys of their four years in high school.
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. But so much can happen in those in-between years. . . .
Zoe fears she will always be in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thought he wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her.
Carolyn Mackler skillfully brings the stories of these five disparate teens together to create a distinct and cohesive whole—a novel about how we can all affect one another’s lives in the most unexpected and amazing ways. Infinite in Between received four starred reviews, was listed on several best books of the year lists, and is perfect for fans of books by Jandy Nelson, Sara Zarr, and E. Lockhart.

Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler is the only book by a new to me author in today’s grouping of mini reviews. I have a few books by Mackler floating around the house, however I have yet to get to them. It is kind of strange, because she seems to write a lot of contemporary and I love contemporary. Infinite In Between is one of the first audiobooks I borrowed from Hoopla. I tend to really enjoy listening to contemporary young adult audiobooks and because this book has been on my TBR for so long, I was excited.

So, Infinite In Between is a book that spans an entire high school education. It starts off freshman year and follows the same group of kids from orientation group – Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney. Much like The Breakfast Club, the teens are all from different social groups. The different teens go in and out of each other’s lives throughout the book and throughout high school. There is not some unrealistic insta bonding and insta best friends going on. Rather, we get a look at the triumphs and tragedies each experiences. In fact, I really liked how the book was laid out with focus on this sizable cast throughout four years. You truly do get a sense of the changes that can happen in such a short amount of time as you read through the book.

Also, the vast cast makes it so the book never really feels super slow. The audiobook narrated by Erin Yuen goes pretty fast. It’s produced by Dreamscape Media, not Harper Audio which was sort of surprising to me. Anyways, I did not mind my time with this audio. I was glad I had the ARC on hand to consult when I got briefly confused and also when I felt like it was going fast, it was nice to be able to browse back and see what I didn’t catch.

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