Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick

Title: She Is Not Invisible
Author: Marcus Sedwick
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Roaring Books (April 22, 2014, original date October 3, 2013)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 3 Stars

Book Description:
Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.






There were so many concepts and ideas in this book that truly made it not only unique, but fascinating. The whole idea that coincidences are not just mere chance but fate, completely made my mind whirl and think. Having the what if's of life be something completely (not) unknown and calculated was something to ponder and process. 

To think that one's life could be so easily explained and planned is something I am not sure how I feel about. Does fate really exist or is there a path already set out for us and no matter what certain things will happen regardless of which road we travel down, it's a little crazy to think and yes, a little sad too. Is nothing ever chance?

To say I have mixed feelings about this read is an understatement. I can't say for sure whether I loved it or hated it. It was....different. It was strange and even a little far out there but some how, that actually made it appealing and made me want to read it all the more.

The only thing truly disappointing with the story was the simple fact that with all the build up, all the theories, all the coincidences and chances and things that might have been, then there was, well, nothing. The story sort of ended as if the author wasn't quite sure what to do with the story. Like he wasn't quite sure whether he believed in the father's ideas as well. While things did happen, things didn't happen and that was a little off putting to say the least. What about all the coincidences? What about all the what if's?

At any rate I have to give the author credit for creating something unusual and out there. 






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*

20 comments:

  1. Too bad on the ending of this one Ali! It's always frustrating when it seems as though we're moving toward something or building up to something and then when we get there, nothing. I can see how an explanation for all these what if/fate questions would be tricky to come up with, but it's still disappointing that there's no real conclusion. Lovely review though!

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  2. I just finished a book with a frustrating ending and this one sounds really similar. Good build up, but then...

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    1. I hate it when that happens, it can be so disappointing.

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  3. Huh. The concept sounds fascinating, but I think I would probably get frustrated with this one.

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  4. This definitely sounds out there! I have a copy of this and am actually almost more intrigued to read it now, to see if I like it or hate it. It's a shame the ending was frustrating, I do hate when that happens. Thanks for your honest review!

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    1. Can't wait to read your thoughts on it Lauren.

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  5. I like the idea of the concepts, but not the weak ending. That is always so frustrating! Happy weekend, Ali.

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  6. Nooooooooooooooo I can't take another book that leaves me hanging with too many questions!!!! lol.

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  7. Wow all that build up and no release..so sorry. The concept sounds really interesting too.

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    1. It really was an interesting concept!

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  8. I saw this book around and even though about requesting it at NG but I don't have time so I gave up. It indeed sounds fascinating and I'm glad it was, but too bad that at the end you didn't see what the author planed with this. Great review, Ali :)

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  9. I get so frustrated with a bad ending. I don't think I will be picking this up. Thanks for the informative review.

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    1. It can be super frustrating! Thanks Ellen for stopping by.

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  10. well cool that it made you think...but an abrupt ending? that is unfortunate.

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    1. It really was just a strange ending.

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