Review: Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Title: Invisible Things
Author: Jenny Davidson
Series: The Explosionist
Book #: 2
Release Date: November 23rd, 2010
Pages: 261

Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents' death. And she's on a mission to find the truth. To aid her in solving the decades-old mystery, Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael, whose friendship has turned into something more. It's soon clear that Sophie's future is very much wrapped up in the details of her family's past, and the key lies with information only one man can provide: her parents' former employer, the elusive billionaire Alfred Nobel.
As the threat of war looms in Europe, dangers to Sophie and her loved ones grow. While her determination to solve the mystery doesn't waver, forces beyond her control conspire to keep her from her purpose. Then, news of her great-aunt Tabitha's death sets off a chain of events that leaves Sophie questioning everything.
The more Sophie learns, the more she realizes that nothing—and no one—in her life is what it seems. And coming to terms with the dark secrets she uncovers means imagining a truth that she never dreamed possible. Full of gorgeous settings, thrilling adventure, and romance, invisible things is a novel that dares to ask, what if?

Invisible Things things sounds like it would be fantastic...I'm sorry to say, it was not. There were several times during the book when I didn't think I could even read any further. Thankfully, I read it quickly and moved on.

I don't mean to be rude, just honest, when I say that it is clear that the author is a non-fiction writer. The sentences were extremely long, I counted one and it had ninety seven words!! The lengthy sentence structure combined with the lack of climax and scientific terminology did not make for the best read.

The plot was average. It wasn't too bad, but the amount of sentences that I had to reread to understand the experiments and science being developed had piled up by the end of the book. There were a few exciting parts mixed in with less energetic parts. The exciting plot twists jolted you all of a sudden, waking you from the stupor you had been sent into by Sophie's story, but sadly, they passed very quickly and the book became dull again. <- That sentence seemed long, didn't it? It was 32 words long. If you thought that was long, imagine sentences three times that length!!

Sophie bothered me, for some reason. She seemed too interested in the sweet table than the events playing out around her. Her relationship with Mikael was sweet, yet lacked any romance at all. They would hold hands, but decide it was too racy...I enjoyed reading about Mikael, for the most part. He seemed like a sweet, sensitive, caring young man. He was my favourite character by far.

I thought this book would be wonderful, judging it by the cover and the blurb. Unfortunately, it was not my favourite. I'm sad to say that, in my opinion, this book has earned a 1.5 rating.


1 comment:

  1. Ha, I agree with you on so many things! Sophie was pretty much obsessed with food, not her love interest, and the writing was hard to follow. Nice review :)


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