March 27, 2011

Review - Impossible by Nancy Werlin (audiobook)

Description from Goodreads

"Lucy Scarborough is only 17, but she carries the burden of a curse that has already struck down several women in her family. Each of her afflicted ancestors failed at completing three seemingly impossible tasks, and each succumbed to madness at the birth of her first child. Facing this tragic fate, Lucy braces herself for a losing battle. Mercifully, she has allies in her struggle: intensely sympathetic foster parents and her loyal childhood friend Zach."

What a unique story! I enjoyed the blend of fantasy, mystery, and romance in this book. And the premise was really intriguing, especially since the three tasks were based on the song Scarborough Fair. With that said, I didn't really connect with Lucy for most of the book, and I felt like the romance between Lucy and Zach was a little forced. Also, Zach seemed a little too good to be true for a teenage boy. But I guess that's the beauty of fiction - we can make boys as perfect as we want them to be. :) 

I wasn't really a fan of the audiobook narrator. Her tone of voice just seem so perky and positive while the character was going through horrible things. I don't know...maybe it's just the way I interpreted everything, but I felt like the tone should have been a bit more serious. On the other hand, I loved that each audiobook disc started and ended with an instrumental version of Scarborough Fair, and the narrator sang the song several times throughout the book.

Impossible wasn't my favorite, but I've read several great reviews from other bloggers. If you've read it, let me know what you think!


Lea said...
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Lea said...

Super~ I love your comment: "I guess that's the beauty of fiction - we can make boys as perfect as we want them to be!" Too funny! :P

Interesting about the narrator not setting the right tone with her reading of the story... I haven't listened to any audio books, but I can imagine it would be rather annoying to have the narrator not matching the mood being set by the author-- do you think that had any impact on your impression of the actual story?

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