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Sisters Of Misery

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

    Maddie Crane is a New England prep by default, not by choice. It seems that her entire life has been dictated by her mother and her controlling clique of friends, The Sisters of Misery. It has always been easier for Maddie to just go along with The Sisters, to avoid incurring their wrath. She might be nice, but Maddie doesn't have courage. She is always a follower, never a leader. <BR/><BR/>Cordelia LeClaire, Maddie's cousin, is a free spirit, a natural beauty with confidence and an easy smile. In a small town like Hawthorne, a beauty like Cordelia stands out. <BR/><BR/>When Cordelia comes to Hawthorne to live with Maddie's family, the two girls overcome their initial differences and establish an almost sisterly bond. Maddie admires and even envies Cordelia's effortless poise, stunning looks, and quick wit. <BR/><BR/>Unfortunately, The Sisters of Misery, led by Kate Endicott, are not so thrilled with Cordelia's arrival. <BR/><BR/>Hawthorne has never taken kindly to outsiders and Cordelia is no exception. When Cordelia begins to attract the attention of several of Hawthorne's dashing young men, including Kate's boyfriend, Maddie knows that trouble lays ahead. The Sisters do everything in their power to make Cordelia's life miserable. Maddie is stuck in the middle, and forced to choose between her cousin and her lifelong friends. <BR/><BR/>It isn't until Halloween that Maddie and Cordelia realize that powers more sinister than they had ever imagined are alive and at work in Hawthorne. After hours of unspeakable torture and terror, Cordelia vanishes without a trace. <BR/><BR/>Although she cannot remember the events of Halloween night, Maddie knows that she played a role in Cordelia's disappearance. She will never be able to forgive herself for not protecting Cordelia and she must uncover the truth to find peace. But if Maddie isn't careful, she may be the next one to disappear. Somebody doesn't want Cordelia to ever be found. <BR/><BR/>SISTERS OF MISERY is an absolutely stunning debut by Megan Kelley Hall, perhaps the best Gothic novel that I have ever read. Hall knows how to create suspense like nobody else and she isn't afraid to delve into the most horrifying depths of the human psyche, places we don't want to admit exist. Secrets are revealed and mysteries slowly unraveled, with enough plot twists to keep readers on their toes! <BR/><BR/>The sequel, THE LOST SISTER, comes out in August 2009, and I honestly do not think that I can wait that long.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine young adult fantasy

    Hawthorne is right next door to Salem and at the times of the witch hunts three women were killed on Misery Island. Now Hawthorne is a conservative town that on the surface seems to belong on a postcard. Maddie Crane belongs to the Sisters of Misery, which is led by vicious Kate Endicott. Maddie knows she will never leave the club because she fears what the members will do to her. --- She is excited that her coaunt Rebecca, a free spirit and her daughter Cordelia have returned to live in Hawthorne. After a rough start, the Sisters of Misery and Cordelia go to Misery Island. Kate has plans for Cordelia and Maddie passes out when it is her turn to be part of Cordelia¿s initiation. When she wakes up the next morning at her home, she does not remember what happened including how she got home. When the Sisters return to Misery Island to free Cordelia, she cannot be found. Afraid of what she and the others might have done, Maddie searches for clues to learn what did occur unaware that her inquiry will lead to more tragedy. --- This young adult fantasy will appeal to older readers as well. The character driven tale contains a gothic tone and atmosphere as the main characters are interesting people who have kept secrets for decades. Maddie is a follower afraid to lead or leave a group she loathes until the Cordelia incident serves as a catalyst to challenge the power of the Sisters of Misery. There are a crop of new girls to replace their mothers as Sisters who control Hawthorne. Fans will find it difficult at first to accept a young girl like Kate is evil because of her age, but will accept the truth as Megan Kelley Halls makes her malevolence seem genuine. She and Maddie are fascinating antagonists who turn the SISTERS OF MISERY into an enjoyable read. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Chilling

    Maddie lives with her mother and grandmother in the house her grandmother owns. She's lived in the small town her whole life, yet she doesn't have a clue what goes on. She's been inducted into the secret society: the Sisters of Misery where the leading Queen B Kate acts like Blair Waldorf. When Maddie's cousin comes back home, Maddie knows from Cordelia's first meeting with Kate that things will end badly. Cordelia's beauty and beliefs puts off the other sisters. Maddie finds herself torn between her family and her "sisters." One night, traditions become a nightmare as Cordelia is first tortured and then ends up missing. Maddie can't remember half of the night, but she knows it was awful. Can her cousin be discovered even with all these rumors flying through the air about that night and Cordelia?

    A great start to a new series. The mean girlesque dram leads to dangerous behavior and you will want to uncover the truth that night just as much as Maddie. The ending will shock you and leave you wanting the next book immediately.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    A Fascinating Page-turner with a Gothic Twist

    Sisters of Misery was an incredible novel. Part gothic, part chilling horror story, and part harrowing realistic fiction, this book has it all: mystery, romance, and gosh, a whole lot of suspense. This was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. Maddie Crane lives in the small town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts known for its conservative, closed community and its witch trials back in the 1600s. Maddie belongs to the Sisters of Misery, a group of ruthless girls who rule the social scene at their school. The group is led by Kate Endicott, a girl who can only be described as ruthless and completely evil. Maddie has never questioned the Sisters of Misery, going along with them mostly because her social climbing mother has pushed them at her since birth. Everything changes when her Aunt Rebecca and cousin Cordelia movie in. Cordelia is beautiful, wild, and witty and before long rumors are swirling about her. The Sisters of Misery instantly dislike her, and when Kate's boyfriend takes an interest in her, everyone will suffer Kate's wrath. After an initiation into the Sisterhood gone horribly wrong, Cordelia goes missing. The rest of the book is one thrilling, eerie ride toward a shocking climax. Maddie is a wholly human character, a victim of fear and age old prejudices. Though this story is sometimes depressing and paints a vivid portrait of the darker side of human nature, Megan Kelley Hall manages to keep the reader hooked and the novel enjoyable. Her writing style is truly unique. For example, each chapter begins with a rune and a definition of it's meaning. And while we are always there with the characters, it felt like we are there as observers, privvy to Maddie's every thought. I can gaurantee Sisters of Misery will keep you up late at night turning pages. And the cliffer-hanger ending left me desperate to read it's sequel.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    Sisters of misery. Amazing

    My friend recommended it to me. She told me it was kind of gross. But i wouldn't be able to put it down. And she was right! I stayed up all night two days straight because i couldn't stop. i only put it down when i couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. If you want a good quick read. this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Full of suspense

    Maddie Crane doesn¿t always feel like she fits in with the wealthy girls she hangs out with, but they¿ve always been her best friends. And until her cousin Cordelia shows up in town, she doesn¿t give it much thought. Cordelia is different ¿ magical, ethereal and unimpressed with the other girls ¿ and she creates instant enemies. But Maddie is drawn to her, and starts to wonder what she sees in her supposed friends. The Sisters of Misery, as they call themselves, won¿t put up with Cordelia¿s attitude, and they decide to teach her a lesson on Halloween. When their plans go awry, Maddie is determined to find out what really happened on that fateful evening. As she digs deeper into the mystery of Cordelia¿s fate, she¿s drawn into the web of small-town deceptions. But the biggest shock comes when she finds out even her own family is living a lie. Spell-binding, suspenseful, and shocking, Sisters of Misery will hook you right from the opening scene, and pull you into the drama as Maddie tries to find the answers to her burning questions. And when it seems that Maddie has found out all she needs to know, the last answer will chill you to the bone. Now, finally free of Cordelia and her home-town, Maddie learns that Cordelia isn¿t through with her, leaving a whole new set of questions that must be answered in the sequel. Though at times I found it disturbing in its sheer brutality, Sisters of Misery is an enjoyable and gripping read that will keep you glued to the page. I highly recommend it. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Deep Dark Secrets

    Maddie Crane has been raised with her social climbing mother, in her grandmother's old house in a small seaside community in Massachusetts. Reminiscent of the witch hunt days, the townspeople are still very withdrawn and suspicious of outsiders. Maddie is a part of 'The Sisters of Misery.' This is a group of highschool girls who go through a series of initiations to belong to this select group. This is not a very nice group of teens. Their ringleader Kate, keeps drawing the girls into darker and darker behavior. Maddie hangs out with them because she has never known anything different and it makes her mother happy. When Maddie's aunt Rebecca and her cousin Cordelia move come to live with them from California, things really change for Maddie. Cordelia is beautiful and free spirited. She does not fit into any of the cliques. Young men are drawn to her, which makes the other girls jealous. Cordelia and Rebecca have psychic gifts. Maddie discovers that she does as well. Unfortunately, she has dark scary dreams of the future and Cordelia. One night, Maddie and Cordelia are sucked into participating in one of the initiation rituals. Cordelia is badly abused and disappears. Maddie has to keep what happened a secret. As the mystery deepens, she discovers that the townspeople hold many dark secrets, some of which extend back into the past. I loved this book. Even though it is written about teens, adults will definitely enjoy it. It brought back memories of mean girls that I had to deal with while growing up. It has some very gothic touches that add to the drama. This is definitely not a light, fluffy novel of teen angst. The author, Megan Kelley Hall, uses her story to reach down deep into your own psyche to see what is lurking there. It is definitley unsettling. That is what made reading 'Sisters of Misery' so fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    A Chilling and Suspenseful Story

    Maddie Crane is a young resident of Hawthorne, a small town with a violent history. Though not as famous as the Salem Witch Trials, the persecution of any outcast female in Hawthorne at that time was just as bad, if not more brutal. Hawthorne¿s past carries into the present though, as this small town seems set on not welcoming newcomers, especially Maddie¿s aunt Rebecca and beautiful cousin Cordelia. Much of this grief comes from Maddie¿s circle of so-called-friends, the Sisters of Misery. But soon, petty rumors escalate into a midnight excursion to Misery Island, a night that Maddie cannot remember no matter how desperately she tries, the night that Cordelia goes missing. True to their heritage, residents of Hawthorne immediately dismiss Cordelia¿s disappearance as just another runaway teen and don¿t throw themselves into the investigation as Maddie does. Maddie knows that Cordelia would never just run away from her mother, but what is Maddie¿s search to uncover clues going to cost her? Sisters of Misery was a truly chilling and suspenseful read. There were so many secrets and twists to the story that kept me perpetually surprised and eager for more. It was incredible how Megan Kelley Hall was able to weave in Hawthorne¿s haunting past and its present-day superstitions into Maddie¿s story. I also really liked the incorporation of fortune-telling or Maddie¿s family¿s ability to see clues about the future. Maddie¿s insecure yet determined character only added to the essence of the story. This novel keeps you guessing into what really happened to Cordelia, and I kind of liked how at the end, not all my questions were answered it leaves room for a sequel. It was mildly annoying at times that some details seemed to be snuck in, but the fact that Sisters of Misery was an incredible story overcompensated for that. Sisters of Misery is definitely one of the best stories I¿ve ever read, and I eagerly await the sequel, The Lost Sister. Any reader will be able to get attached to this suspense-filled book with mythical aspects, a historical angle, and many, many twists and turns.

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