Author: Nancy Werlin
Publication: September 18, 2008
Publisher: Dial Books
Summary taken from goodreads:
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?
A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.Inspired by the classic folk ballad "Scarborough Fair," this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.
3 STARS - I LIKED IT ENOUGH
I really like Lucy, the protagonist. She's levelheaded and strong. Always able to reason everything, she isn't easily duped by romance or suckered into myths, which is why it took her a while to believe her family's curse. But once she finally accepts it, she does everything that she can to end it, even choosing to do something that she
And Zach, he was also an awesome character. I knew that they would end up together, but the way that he did everything also took me by surprise, in a good way anyway. Even though I think that everything went too fast, it really couldn't be helped because of the time limit that the couple had. Still, Zach is great; he's considerate, compassionate, loyal, and understanding. He does everything he can to help Lucy break her family's curse, to the point of rearranging his future because he loves her so much.
However, at times, when I stop to think about it, I find their love to be a bit unbelievable. They've been friends and neighbors ever since they were little, and suddenly, they realize their feelings for each other? There were hardly any hints or clues that they had feelings for each other besides in the first chapter when Lucy was seven. Also, I thought that the book glossed over a few important parts.
The writing flows seamlessly, blending in suspense to fit the--at times--bleak and dispairing atmosphere, while also maintaining a writing style that I usually associate old fantasy novels with.
The plot was both original and not. Since I had never heard of the ballad "Scarborough Fair", it was interesting to read about it and the many different verisons of the ballad. On the other hand, after reading the ballad, I already knew how the book would end.
All in all, this book is interesting enough to keep you reading until the end.