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Invisible World

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  454 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Suzanne Weyn brings her trademark mix of history, romance, and the supernatural to the Salem Witch Trials. Elsabeth James has powers she doesn't fully understand. She is descended from midwives, mind readers, and a fortune-teller who was put to death because she foresaw the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. She can hear people's thoughts and sometimes see what they see. She h ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Sharon Looby
When I finished this book - I was really torn between liking it and disliking it - not many books do that to me. Even as I write this review, I am still torn between the rating I gave it - 2 stars or 3 stars. I ended up going with the 2 stars due to the fact that I found myself somewhat a little bored with the book at first. It does get very interesting though if you stick with it. A lot is going on in this book, however, I have a feeling that people are going to get stuck on the "witch craft" o ...more
I was both pleased and disappointed with this book. Suzanne Weyn is one of my favorite authors and I greatly admire and respect her ability to write in several genres and make them all sound authentic. That is perhaps why I was so disappointed with her newest work. Invisible World is a fast read that is has a focus on the Salem Witch Trials. Our main character is a strong girl of fifteen who has physic abilities (not a very good time or place to be having them). Both the synopsis and the start o ...more
Straight up, witches are cool. And for real? Who did not sit right up and pay attention during the Salem witch trials in history class? This girl was on that like white on rice. When I saw Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn up for grabs at a book signing, I chose it because I thought it would be a cool read — also I LOVE historical fiction and feel like there isn’t enough of it in YA to sate my appetite. Unfortunately, Invisible World turned out to be a disappointing read where I was left unsatisfi ...more
Ms. Yingling
Elsabeth has the power to read other people's minds, and her grandmother was a healer and midwife. Her father is trying to scientifically study her abilities to prevent her from being persecuted as a witch, since these powers are not understood in England in the 1690s. When the family decides to relocate to America with their faithful nursemaid Bronwyn, Elsabeth is ready for the opportunity, but the ship goes down in a terrible storm and her father and sister are killed. Elsabeth washed up in So ...more
Elsabeth James, traveling with her father, governess Bronwyn, and sister Kate to America aboard the Golden Explorer encounters a deadly storm as the boat capsizes. Her father, Kate, and Bronwyn are lost to her, but she makes it safely to the shores of America in a barrel. She meets Aakif, an African slave who is kind and good. He oversees the plantation during the unbearable heat of the summer while his master is away. The two fall in love, as her supernatural powers of healing, reading minds, a ...more
Marilyn's Book Blog
I read this book for my class. I work in a Catholic School, so since this story was about witches I thought I better check it out. It sounded interesting to me because it takes place during the Salem Witch trials. I was under the impression that was what it was going to be about. I was wrong...

This book is about a young girl named Elsabeth, who can read minds. She is very close to her governess, Bronwyn, who is in a sense a witch. Elsabeth and her father, her sister, and Bronwyn travel by ship t
Oct 29, 2012 Gladys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprise with this book, I did like it, I had only read the Bar code series by Wyen, and this is the first time that I actually read any of her historical fiction novels. I although I like a little bit more action on my books, I really find it fascinating the way Weyn portrays the girls who kept accusing people during the Salem trials, it is one time in history that I really enjoy reading, and I really like Weyn explanation that one religion cannot fix all, that we need to get t ...more
Kayla Fite
Nov 10, 2012 Kayla Fite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I personally think this is one of the best books I have ever read! The romance is so strong, the people are just so strong willed! I love it all! I was anxious to get to the end! I'm only a few pages away! I'm very very anxious! It's amazing!

Mar 01, 2013 Shawna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
If you're going to market a book as "A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials", then shouldn't that be the focus of the book???

Not in this case. To get to the trials, we first visited the ability to mind read and astral travel, then a journey from England to America that was cut short by a ship wreck in the Bermudas. The main character Elsabeth survives for days in the ocean in a barrel only to wash ashore and be introduced to a slaving community where she contracts yellow fever. After recovering, Aunt
Dec 17, 2012 depletive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, 2013
Finally! I finished this book. Almost a month after I started it, surprising, considering how thin it is. This book is about the Salem Witch Trials. Elsabeth's sister and father are killed in a shipwreck, but she and her governess survive, her governess barely making out of it alive. Elsabeth calls on spirits to make Bronwyn alive once more, but accidentally unleashes an evil spirit, thus creating the story. Because of this one event, she falls in love with Aikif, meets a very powerful healer, m ...more
well... Certainly not the best thing I've ever read. The premise is interesting, but there are a lot of anachronisms - I doubt they were using terms like "astral plane" in old Salem Village. Also, her throwing every know religion including the kitchen sink got to be too much. The ending is completely out of the blue and not believable. But the whole thing is not too believable. This is one to pass by; read something else more worthwhile.
Feb 13, 2013 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I love, but only as a prank
Got this book from a book fair and added it to the school library collection.

It's a bad sign when you can read the first chapter, skim the rest, read the last few lines, and understand the entire book.

It's an even worse sign when the writer gives her heroine psychic powers....and the book is still boring.

It's the worst sign of all when the writer doesn't seem to know what she wants to write--a tale of a heroine choosing good over evil, an alternate history book, or a sensitive and tragic tale
Amy Diop
Feb 27, 2013 Amy Diop rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
I thought this book was good. I thought the author could have made it a little longer and explain things better, but other than that the book was good.
The book "The Invisible World" is about, a girl (Elsabeth) who has powers that she doesn't understand. Her family takes a ship to America to test her to see what powers she has. On the way to America their ship crashes and she floats on a log until she finds land. She eventually finds land, and a slave from Cierra Lieon is willing to help her. H
Aug 22, 2014 Ingrid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Katherine Grace
Apr 09, 2013 Katherine Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2013-new
Based on the description I thought this book had promise, but it fell very short of that promise. I won't bore you with a long description of the book as you can read it in the product description above, but here it is briefly. Background: Elsabeth comes from a line of women who have certain gifts and knowledge of magic. She is gifted with clairvoyance and through the encouragement of her father and her tutor Bronwyn her gifts grow and she learns more magic. Plot: Elsabeth travels to America wit ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Claudia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably on the crappiest book I've read. I like that she falls in love with an African guy, which makes it interracial & I like that. But the plot is stupid, I hate how is written. I hate the characters. I hate the fact that after the boat crash they never mention how her dad & sister did. I hate that it did not have so many sexy or romantic kisses. I hated almost everything. Specially how slow the beginning started & how pathetic the ending was. I usually like the books I read, but ...more
I enjoyed this book. The end was very exciting and fast paced. The beginning and middle was okay. There wasn't anything wrong with it, it just didn't strike me as amazing. I really did like reading about the witchcraft and Salem Witch Trials, but I don't feel that the book revolved around them(which I would have liked more.) Even if it wasn't my absolute favorite book, it was a super quick read. Overall I liked this book. I would recommend this book to Devon, because it seems like a topic she wo ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Jun 03, 2013 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Weyn weaves together magic in history in this tale that travels back in time to the Salem Witch trials in 1692. Magic and supernatural powers can be good or evil, and soon everyone in Salem must decide which side they will stand on. I love that magic is real in Invisible World (Scholastic 2012), but that magic doesn't excuse people from their choices. Yes, there may be an evil spirit running loose in Salem, stirring up trouble, but some people are all too willing to invite it in and let ...more
Hmm. The cover said that this was a novel of the Salem Witch Trials, but it really wasn't. The trials do take place towards the end of the book, but it's really not the main focus at all. I can definitely understand all the negative reviews, since the summary was pretty misleading.

Nevertheless, I didn't think this book was bad. I enjoyed reading it, even though it was too short and somewhat juvenile. The parts with the demon actually freaked me out a bit, and seemed out of place with the rest o
The book was great, maybe not perfect but pretty close. I enjoyed how in the Salem witch trials Elsabeth decides nothing is wrong with witches and wants to be one. I thought it caused the right amount of drama to the adults in the novel, and the adults acted in a way that made sense with the time period. I enjoyed all the twists and turns the book had to offer. Though the one thing that I was not to thrilled about was her romance because it seemed very forced.

The book is hard to summarize as man
Mar 24, 2014 Lis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a bit odd really. It lacked so much in plot, skipped important details, and had a very boring protagonist. I found myself wishing I were reading about Mary Carmen, one of the side characters, which proves that some of the characters were well written. I would not recommend it. There was no real change in the character, and the villain was defeated by everyone but the main character. If she was involved, other than just being there to witness part of the defeat, it was not ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Jeel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book and the setting happens in the olden times. I would recommend this book to people who like to read historical fiction.
Sep 18, 2014 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This young adult novel explores what happened at the Salem Witch trials in a fictional way. We follow Elsabeth as she crosses to North America from England. She was born with a special gift of being able to hear thoughts and receive dream visions. After a shipwreck kills her family she finds herself in a barrel bobbing around the ocean until landing in the southern United States in the early part of the slave trade. She is briefly taken in by a plantation while the plantation owners are away fro ...more
May 26, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who like both history and fantasy well this is the book for them. This book is fiction in the fact that it Elsabeth wasn’t a real person but then again in history, there was such thing as the Salem witch trials. People would like this book because there is a lot of action but yet not overwhelming. It provides the right amount of detail without going overboard. The book has you on the edge of your seat or in fear as some parts. You just have to keep reading though to get the full experience ...more
Heather Flatley

The book “Invisible World” by Suzanne Weyn is a story about a teenage girl who possesses a special ability to enter others’s mind and hear or see what they are thinking. The book is written in Elsabeth’s point of view, the girl who has the powers. It starts off in current time while she is in prison for being accused of being a witch. Then it continues on to a memory of her childhood when both her and her sister would be tested by their father to see if they still had their abilities. But as tim
Kati Booher
Feb 06, 2016 Kati Booher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-1-10
This book is about Elizabeth James. She has supernatural gifts, but they are not evil. Elizabeth sails with her sister, father, and governess to america. What she doesnt for see is a Shipwreck. She survives in a floating barrel and lands at a South Carolina island slave colony. Eventual relocation to Salem as a servant the story spirals toward the sadly inevitable witchcraft trial. Now she has to find a way to save herself and the boy she loves.

This book was good. The one thing i wish is that t
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
I liked this book well enough. Again I was looking for a short book to read since I was feeling slumpish. It wasn't wonderful but it was an interesting story.

Elisabeth James and her family have supernatural powers. Obviously living in the 1680's her family has to keep this secret or they will be called a witch and be punished. Elisabeth's power is to read people's minds and sometimes see their memories or what they are seeing. Her father is a scientist who is studying her and who is trying to m
Sep 30, 2016 Marnie rated it liked it
The Salem witch trials. Now this was an interesting period of time to read about. A young lady on a ship to the US becomes shipwrecked. And while she knows that she is clairvoyant, she wants to be a witch. A good one that is. But unbeknownst to her, she soon finds out that witches are not a good thing to be, and accidentally calls an evil spirit, which ends up causing chaos in Salem. All the familiar names one has learned about such as Abigail an accuser, and Rebecca Proctor an accused are used ...more
Shela Muriel
Oct 02, 2016 Shela Muriel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so, the beginning is good but afterwards it's not so good. It's everywhere and I just couldn't enjoy it. I got this from my book fair in the 8th grade and even then I couldn't enjoy it. Don't get me wrong it's a great book but it should have just a little bit more detail.
Amy Geyer
This book is an easy read. It would be appropriate for 7th graders (and maybe some mature 6th graders). The plot is episodic, but may appeal to readers who like a lot of action. The story combines elements of historical fiction and fantasy, so it may work for a fairly wide audience.
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Suzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing t ...more
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