Saturday, September 14, 2013

ARC Review: Invisible by Marni Bates

Happy September Everyone!

On to the review...

Invisible by Marni Bates 
Publication Date: August 1st, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Source- E-ARC on Netgalley (Thanks!)
Rating: 3/5 STEADY STARS

My review:

Some books have characters I immediately love. Those are the ones I prefer because I can genuinely care and root for a characters actions. And there are ones like this one where I immediately see flaws I find horrible.

There were so many times when I grew furious with Jane. Jane is the protagonist of Invisible by Marni Bates. She is weak. She never speaks out for herself. She judges others. She is crazy jealous of her two closest friends, Kenzie and Corey. Still, I admit expected her to be weak from the title. Still, I cannot root for her passivity and a narrow-minded attitude. I could accept her while she grew through her experiences. Just never forgot her shortcomings. 

There are some books, like Teen Idol by Meg Cabot, that are about speaking out for others. And there are ones, like this one, that are about speaking out for oneself. Both speaking out books are about realizing that no one is a reflected image. That judging others without moving through the image gives you a faulty view. I admire this message and I liked seeing it occurred in this novel.

I also liked how this book shared the different kinds of stamina owned by journalists and creative writers. Some people can be both but some, like Jane, can only be one.

I enjoyed the funny moments in this dramatic story. I regarded Scott as the best person in the story. The photographer, who admits his reporter drive (that can be aggravating occasionally), accepts diverging personalities and owns, the best characteristic, humor.

In all, Invisible is book that moves steadily. I am impressed by the message’s the author aimed to provide the reader and the chance she took with an unlikable narrator. Its enjoyable enough and I definitely appreciated Bate’s simple, engaging prose.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I do like humor in my books so that would be a positive for me but the MC sounds really annoying. The author may have written the character like that for a reason but it sounds like it's something you can't get over. Thanks for an honest review!

  2. Aww, that's unfortunate the main character was weak and a bit annoying. This book sounds fun and cute overall though. Great review!

  3. Jane sounds like a really tricky and at times frustrating character with her jealousy and judgement, but I'm glad there's a good message overall in this book. I don't think I'll care for Jane very much so I'm going to pass on this one, but I loved reading your thoughts on it Rachel!

  4. I had more mixed reactions to the first book then a lot of my friends did, so I don't know if I'll be reading this--but I'm glad to see you liked it overall, Rachel, despite a few reservations! Unlikeable narrators are definitely hard to pull off.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. That's actually a deal breaker for me: if I can't sympathize with the protagonist, feel close to her or understand her at least in some way, if I'm only irritated by her actions and decisions, the chances of me enjoying rhe book are next to non existent.
    I really don't think this would be a good choice for me, but thanks for the lovely review, Rachel.

  6. It's tough to really enjoy a story when the main character isn't very likable. It doesn't sound like this girl was. Great review, Rachel! :)



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