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.
Beth says 3.5 Stars...
I've heard lots of good things recently about Marcus Sedgwick and decided to grab this one when I saw it at the library. I didn't really pay attention to what the story was actually about and went in without much knowledge at all. The plot definitely veers widely away from the typical romances and that at the very least made it enjoyable. However, the mystery ended up as not particularly captivating and oddly paced. For a book where an obession with coincidence plays a major role the significance of things wasn't always well-described. I did adore the formatting of the book. Bits of Laureth's dad's journal are interspersed throughout the novel and add nicely to the story. They provide a window into the mind of the disappeared and serve as potential clues to his whereabouts. I must say that Sedgwick's writing is quite nice and a pleasure to read.
Laureth (in posession of a supremely awesome name) had the potential to be super cool, but fell a short of the goal. Although I assume that being blind would be a huge part of someone's identity, it seemed to be Laureth's primary defining charactaristic. The she constantly equated letting people know she's blind with weakness was highly irritating. Some situations would have been so much simpler had she just been honest at the outset. There were some lovely moments, though, that had me thinking about what trying to navigate an unfamiliar city would be like if I was blind. The secondary characters were definitely different and a change of pace from the expected. Not all were fully realiyed, but none of them felt like stock placeholders either.
Although there are definitely some problems with the book, it's a decent read. I'm planning on reading some of Sedgwick's other books since they're evidently darker and a bit better. If you want something that's different and contemporary go ahead and pick this up.
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.