Monday, December 14, 2009

Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Book Info:
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dial (September 18, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0803730021
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5

Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter. Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?

I don't usually read fantasy and if I'd know the book included a faery I probably would have skipped it. This was another time when not reading the blurb ahead of time worked out well.

I thought Lucy was a great character. She was thoughtful and strong, even during an admittedly strange situation. I also liked how the book mostly focused on social situations with the fantasy side of things almost in the background at times. This may not work well for those who are looking for the fantasy aspect though.

I didn't really like the faery character. Maybe that's the realist me in me, but I thought everybody swooning around him was just annoying. I know he is supposed to be able to control human actions and thoughts, but that part of the story didn't really work for me.

While Werlin was a new author for me, I will definitely be checking out more of her books. 4 stars


Sandy Nawrot said...

Yeah, I'm not a faery person either. It just goes to show there is good stuff out there that I'm probably missing!

avisannschild said...

This sounds interesting, although I'm not much one for faery either. I love the cover!

Darlene said...

Well I do like fantasy books sometimes and this one sounds quite good. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review Melissa.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Melissa...I wondered about this one; sounds like it's worth a try! thanks

Zibilee said...

Hmm, this book sounds very interesting to me. I think I would enjoy both the fantasy elements and the realistic ones, and I have to admit that the premise of the book seems exciting to me. This one is going on the wish list right away. Great review, you totally sold me on this book!

Petunia said...

I tried to get an ARC of this book when it was brand new because it sounded intriguing. I didn't realize it was fantasy. That doesn't bother me too much though. I like fairies.