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Review – Welcome to Sortilege Falls Grape Merrieweather Book 1

Review – Welcome to Sortilege Falls Grape Merrieweather Book 1Welcome To Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily
Series: Grape Merriweather,
Published by Fire & Ice Young Adult Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 250
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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, holds 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.

Grape is going to a new school at Sortilege Falls. She doesn’t mind in that its what is best for her family. The town seems strange in their are two types of people in the town models and normals. The models seem to get whatever they want and draw lots of attention. Suddenly they all start to become sick and Grape gets suspicious. She starts to investigate and what she finds out could be dangerous for all involved.

In an Oyster Shell – An easy read with a great mystery.

The Pearls –  I found the story to have an interesting premise. That there was a group of people that were more beautiful than norms. It was weird and I liked it. I  liked how the main character Grape was able to be enamored but it didn’t stop her with being friends with the models. This ultimately made the story work really well in the end.

I liked the setting of a small town. It made the dynamics between the models and the norms more striking. I liked that this town was mysterious.

The Sand – I found the writing of this book to be dry in the beginning. I had a hard time connecting to the story and the main character for 20% of the book.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Libby Heily

I was born during a blizzard. I’m told it was pretty cool, but I have no memory of that time. I grew up in two tiny towns in Virginia and spent most of my twenties moving around the US. I’ve lived in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Washington. I’ve settled down, for now, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I’m a writer and improviser. I studied acting in college but spent more time rewriting lines than memorizing them. My first play, Fourth Wall, was produced my junior year. Since then, I’ve written several full length plays, one acts, and screenplays. I started writing fiction in my late twenties. Now, I focus mainly on novels but still dabble in theater.

Fun facts about me: There are none. I’m sorry to disappoint you so soon. But, I do love to read, write, and run. My hubby is my favorite person on earth. Dogs are my second favorite. All dogs. Know that. I love orange juice, especially when it’s mixed with club soda. Carbonation is better than alcohol. Jaws is my favorite movie. Everything I’ve said so far is true.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Libby Heily December 8, 2016, 1:54 pm

    Thank you for your review!

    • Jessica December 8, 2016, 11:26 pm

      You are very welcome. It was a great book!

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