When asked why I write, I usually stutter out a made up answer that I can't remember three seconds later. I can't remember the very first time I decided I wanted to write, it's just something I kind of always did. I wrote really bad poems as a kid, then horrible short stories as a teenager and then passable plays in college. I'm an adult now (and nothing you can say can make me change my mind about that) and hopefully my writing has progressed with my age. When I'm not spending my time with made up people in made up places doing made up things - some would call it lying- I'm generally reading, running, watching sports, drinking good beers and eating too much food with the hubby. I'd love to tell you I'm a mountain climber or an astronomer or something cool like that, but I'm not that cool. In truth, some would say I'm nerdy. But the Dr. Who poster above my computer would beg to differ.
Welcome to Sortilege Fallsby Libby Heily
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, hold the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them
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Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, hold the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.
Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy's friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models' parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.
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This is a great story. It's witty and clever filled with typical teenage angst with a side of mystery. Grape Merriweather moves to Sortilege Falls with her mother and younger brother. She soon realizes that all is not as it seems and nothing is normal. Strange, beautiful "Models" hold the town in thrall. The "Normals" are captivated by the "Models" to the point of obsession. One by one the "Models" fall ill and begin to die. Grape sets out the solve the mystery at a great loss to herself. I cannot wait to read the next installment.
"Welcome to Sortilege Falls" centers around Grape Merriweather who has moved to a new town (Sortilege Falls) with her mother and brother. This small town has an abnormal number of models (later known as Models, a group on their own) whom the town adores, no matter how mean/rude they are. Grape, immune to their looks, befriends one, Mandy. Soon, the Models begin falling ill and dying. Grape sets out to find answers and a cure before her friend Mandy dies. Despite having a Stepford feel, this book is a surprising unique hit, setting itself far apart from other, seemingly similar books. It's well written and engaging- I could hardly put it down and didn't want it to end. The mystery keeps you hooked all the way until the end, and then, even after you finish (still thinking about it!). I am really hoping for more books in this series very soon. I want to know more about this world and explore it further, it's that intriguing/fascinating! Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Moving home and school is never easy but for sixteen year old Grape Merriweather it is the start of a life changing traumatic time for her, her family and the people of Sortilege Falls, the town where she moved to. Their new home is fine but the people who live there are decidedly odd! There is a small group of incredibly beautiful teens, the models, who seem to control everything in the town - and even if they’re horrid to others no one stays cross with them, they seem to be able to get away with anything. As Grape and her brother Brad endeavour to settle into the new town, eventually making friends, that’s when things go really weird. The models start to suffer from a mysterious illness, garden gnomes seem very popular and it appears that the parents of the models all have a secret, one that Grape is determined to uncover to save her friend. This is a very different young adult story involving mystery, fantasy, suspense and magic. It is the start of a new series with a heroine who is determined, inquisitive, caring and considerate. The other characters are also well developed, each with their own quirks. The ‘worshipping’ of the models by the townsfolk, the mysterious illness and the reasons for it all are revealed in the end but this actually sets up another problem, one that will hopefully be solved in the next book in this series - I can’t wait to read it! I received a free copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Definitely a unique story. Grape is a character who does what she wants, but honestly, I'd like to know more about Graeson. He was the most interesting character, to me. I kind of felt bad for him, with the way Grape treated him, but anyway, the story was good. It had magic, without us actually seeing much of that magic, but the ending indicates that that will change, and I look forward to it. Grape's brief run-ins with the gnomes hint at the creatures being really fun and interesting, and we had no explanation at all about Liam's world, and hardly any about Liam himself. Plus, we can hardly leave things the way they are with Brad, right? So I look forward to the next installment. The book was written in a friendly way with lots of dialogue, a great break from more mature novels. Note: I read this book for free via NetGalley.
Welcome To Sortilege Falls is an interesting story. I had my 16 year old daughter read it and she thought the story itself was good but she wasn't happy with the ending. The book starts with Grape ( I love her name) and her mom and brother who have moved to Sortilege Falls. Grape feels confident (too confident) when starting her new school, so much so that she seems to lack the manners needed in a new environment. To me she came off as arrogant and that made it difficult to really connect with her. To me, her attitude was a bit condescending. At school, Grape meets The Models, a select group of teens who are gorgeous and have the entire town wrapped around their fingers. Unfortunately the models begin to fall ill and die so Grape decides to find out just what is causing this to happen. The events that take place are great for a younger reading audience (11-14) as they appear more fantasy than mystery. Overall the story was good. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.