Thursday, 3 June 2010

Invisible I: The Amanda Project by Melissa Kantor

Title: Invisible I: The Amanda Project
Author: Melissa Kantor
Published by: Fourth Story Media NYC
Publication date: 1st October 2009
Pages: 256
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Brilliant or diabolical? Visionary or bizarre?

Amanda Valentino turned ordinary life into an adventure. Now she's missing.

Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school. Why did Amanda lie?

Following a course that they suspect Amanda deliberately plotted, Callie, Nia, and Hal piece together some cryptic clues. But they find more questions than answers and quickly realise that before they can figure out what happened to Amanda - the girl who changed their lives - they'll need to solve the most important mystery of all:

WHO IS AMANDA VALENTINO?

This novel didn't really grab me immediately. The story was original and interesting but I just couldn't properly get into the story. I did like the characters but they just didn't seem realistic, and I'm not sure what the cover has to do with the story either.

There are lots of different authors in this book. On the cover it says 'Stella Lennon' wrote it, in the back it says 'Melissa Kantor' wrote it and on a different page in the back it says 'Lisa Sturm' wrote it. Author-wise, it's very confusing - I'm not actually entirely sure who wrote this novel.

I like the way that there is a website that runs alongside the book. In the story one of the characters sets up a website to see if anyone knows anything useful about strange, mysterious Amanda. And that website is real - you can see the link at the end of this review.

Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this novel unless you like mysterious novels that have a cliffhanger ending. I give it 2/5.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, shame you didn't enjoy it more, but I'm really intrigued by your review and I think I'll check out the website. Thanks for this review!

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  2. hi! i was planning to read this, guess I won't anymore! I can always count on your reviews to not waste my money on a average book!

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  3. I like you review, Here's mine: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/amanda-project-by-amanda-valentino.html Have a nice day!

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