written by Nancy Werlin
I had a lot of book websites recommending this book to me, and I didn't understand why. A fantasy book? But I'm not really into those! I gave in, eventually, and I'm so glad I did. The writing style immediately grabs you and pulls you into an extraordinary world where realism and fantasy blend seamlessly. It's Kathryn Reiss, with a lot better writing and geared at a much older audience. At first, it's a typical, ordinary, teenage novel, but very soon ordinary turns to so far beyond ordinary you never could have seen it coming. There were parts of the book where I was honestly scared to keep reading, the suspense was so bad and I didn't have a clue what would happen next. I did read it though, I read it all the way through in one sitting. There is no way I can possibly capture how amazing this book is in a little review. It's just one of those things that you have to read it to believe. The plot sounds ridiculous when you first hear of it--family curse? in a YA novel? come on!--but I do hope you give it a try. It is now, without a doubt, one of my favorite teen books.