Author: Nancy Werlin
Genre: YA fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: On the evening of Lucy Scarborough’s seventh birthday, after the biggest party the neighborhood had seen since, well, Lucy’s sixth birthday, Lucy got one last unexpected gift.
Goodreads blurb: Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?
Why is it that I wait so long to read books waiting on my shelves, books I bought specifically because I had heard they were amazing, or the story simply called to me? I don’t know how many times I have finally pulled a book down, one that has been sitting for months – or even years – and ended up loving it. Of course, I then want to kick myself for waiting so long!
My only previous experience with Nancy Werlin’s work was with Rules of Survival, which I listened to on audiobook. It was extremely well-written, but completely different than Impossible, which is creepy and horrifying and romantic and magical, all at once.
Lucy experiences one of – if not the – worst things a woman can go through, but it isn’t the end of the horrors in store for her. As Lucy recovers, she begins to learn about her family’s history, and it stretches the bounds of her ability to believe to its very limit. The women of her family have all been bound by an ancient curse, and Lucy is now under its spell. Lucy has to undergo three impossible tasks in order to break the curse – and time is running out.
If my life wasn’t fifty degrees of crazy right now, I would have sat my butt down on the couch and read this book straight through. As it was, I found myself snatching whatever time I could – five minutes here, a minute there – to read a page or two. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, so I will simply say that this is a must-read for all lovers of YA fantasy. And the best thing of all? It’s not part of a series.