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Monday, May 10, 2010

Now You See It... by Vivian Vande Velde

Now You See It... by Vivian Vande Velde
Publisher: Magic Carpet Books (Harcourt Books)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (277 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Wendy isn't as blind as a bat--there are bats that can see better than she can. Which is why, when her new glasses break, she's all too happy to wear the dorky pair of sunglasses she finds on the lawn. They seem to match her prescription, and that's all that matters if she's going to be able to make it through her school day.

But the glasses correct her vision too much. She begins to see things that no one else can see: cheerful corpses, frightening crones disguised as teenyboppers, and portals to other worlds--places where people are all too aware of the magical properties of her new shades . . . and will do anything to get them.

Imagine being able to see things through a magical pair of glasses... things you never expected to see come alive, right before your eyes. You’d be living Wendy’s life in the book Now You See It....

I liked the idea of this story... she sees things and has to deal with a past that isn’t her own. Ms. Vande Velde writes in such a fashion that I didn’t realize I’d read the whole story until I closed the book two hours later. The characters came alive and I felt like I was part of the story immediately.

Wendy is an interesting character. She feels like she doesn’t exist within her family. She’s relatable because lots of people feel invisible and only grow into themselves when they realize their powers or special abilities. Wendy meets her grandmother at a time when Gram isn’t stricken with Alzheimer’s. I liked the idea that she can connect and help even if she’s not totally sure of what she sees.

Although there are times when I had to read and reread sections to make sure I kept up, I liked that Wendy always exhibited emotions I could understand and feel right along with her. Doesn’t hurt that the elven prince was handsome. I enjoyed that Wendy got the chance to really know Elise as a person, not a frail older woman stuck in a bed.

If you want a story that’s a little left of center, but fun, a story that makes you think, then you need to read Now You See It.... I give this book 4 suns.

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