Yesterday, you said you like a good giveaway. So I have another one for you. Hang with me through this review of an Awesome YA treasure, then enter to win another homeschool package from the 30 Ways We Homeschool Blog Party.
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Now then. When I first picked up Welcome to Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily, I didn’t know what to expect. The cover didn’t lend itself to anything of any real depth. The synopsis made me think it was going to be a Mean Girls type of book. I was expecting… fluff.
I got so. much. more. This book is pretty amazing. When Grape Merriweather moves to Sortilege Falls with her mom and her little brother, her entire world is upended. But she’s a confident girl who has always made friends easily, so she’s not too worried. Her first day of school, however, gives her plenty to worry about.
She is completely ignored. Only one person speaks to her, and he’s some weird Goth kid who does his best to look like a vampire. She escapes to the parking lot, only to run into a group of breathtakingly beautiful teens known as the Models. They are terribly mean to her, but they’re so gorgeous she can’t even drum up a little anger. Only Mandy, the Model who dresses in baggy clothes and drives a clunker, gives her a break. Mandy is nice to her, and they form a tentative friendship.
Sounds just like what I expected, right?
Um, no. Since they settled in at Sortilege Falls, Grape’s brother, Brad, has been disappearing into the woods behind their house for hours at a time. Strange plants with stranger smells are coming home with him, and his room becomes a haven for all manner of creatures. Then there are the creepy garden gnomes that show up everywhere, even Grape’s backyard. Goth Graeson, who doesn’t hide his crush on Grape, introduces her to friends who pretend to be vampires, including a 30-something dude who is creepy just for hanging out with teens, let alone his fangs and pale skin. Then the Models start getting sick. One by one, the beautiful people fall to some strange stomach disease, wasting away in a hospital where no one knows how to treat them.
And things get very interesting. This book is a fantasy, a mystery, a mean girl book, and a kick-butt-and-take-names heroine book all rolled into one. It is superbly written in a voice that neither speaks over the heads of tweens nor belittles the experience of teens. It’s clean all the way through, meaning you can read it with littles of any age (you know how I love that!). This is one you can get lost in.
And yes, it’s YA fiction, which means it is set up to be a series. A very intriguing series indeed. Because I’m betting the next book will be something completely different. Because, you know, the ending lent itself to a whole new can of worms.
I seriously can’t wait.
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