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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Title: Impossible
Author: Nancy Werlin
Publication Date: September 2008
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance
Age: 12+
Pages: 364
Series: no
Publisher's website: www.penguin.com/teens
Author's website: http:// www.nancywerlin.com
Book acquisition: bought new paperback

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. 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?
(publisher's website)

So, I read this last month but I've been having a hard time writing up a review. It's not that I didn't like the book - I really did actually. It's just that...not much really happens :)
Impossible is a very well written, sweet story with a fantasy / mystery twist.

The coolest part of the book is the fact that the mystery is based on the old folk song "Scarborough Fair". Most of us have probably heard the Simon and Garfunkel version but what I, at least, didn't know was that the song is much older. Dozens of versions exist today and Werlin even adds her own, with very sweet lyrics.

I really liked how, although Lucy is facing seemingly impossible (get it?) tasks - her family and loved ones are always right there with her. She couldn't do what she did without them and this fact very much adds to the sweetness 0f the story.

One thing I didn't like was the fact that the bad guy - he didn't really seem all that bad. I mean, he was horrible but...I was never really afraid of him and even though others had failed before, I could totally see how easy it would be to beat him at his own game.

As easy read - I would recommend Impossible to fantasy romance fans.
3.5 stars

As a side note - I read the paperback, which is the cover above. I'm not digging the hardcover version. What do you think?


  1. I love the paperback cover, the hardback is boring. This sounds like a great book!

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  2. You are not alone. I have a difficult time writing reviews from time to time as well. Sometimes, I just really don't know what to say. Anyways, thanks for this! I've been wanting to read this book and haven't seen that many reviews for it. :D And I prefer the paperback cover as well. It's so pretty

  3. i read the paperback too and i completely agree with you on the bad boy thing... =) the paperback is totally awesome

  4. This one's on my shelf. I kinda liked the hardcover art better, but that's because it's the first one I saw, I suppose :) They're both pretty cool if you ask me...

  5. I really really dug this book! Great review. I prefer the hardcover blues.

  6. I really liked this book too. And I have to admit, I really like both the HC and PB covers. I hear she's working on a new novel.


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