- Pub. Date: August 2009
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Paperback , 384pp
- Sales Rank: 29,246
- Age Range: Young Adult
Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter.
Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.
Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?
I did not do anything but look at this cover before I starting reading the book. Normally, I read the book jacket but I just didn’t with this book so I had no idea what to expect. Right from the get go, I was drawn to Lucy Scarborough, who is going through the difficult teen years. To add to this already difficult time, she has been raised by an adoptive family as her mother has mental illness and she pops in and out of Lucy’s life causing much stress.
Much to Lucy’s distress, her mother Miranda, shows up just as she is getting ready to leave for prom singing the dreaded “Scarborough Fair” and talking of curses. Lucy ends up getting it all together and still goes to Prom but the unimaginable happens and she is raped by her date, who dies in a car accident that very same night. I was please that this book was kept at a very G-rating and any sexual reference were very light. Soon Lucy realizes that even though she took the morning after drug to prevent pregnancy, she is indeed pregnant and that maybe her mothers talk of this curse is not all crazy.
The remainder of the book goes through all of the challenges she is faced with to try to stop this seemly impossible curse to break. Lucy does not want to go crazy like her mother but how can she stop the curse?
I really enjoyed this book. At times, it was very hard for me to put down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. That being said there were times that there was just too much going on in the book, too many directions. Overall, I think that this book had a lot of interesting lore in it and was well written. The players in the game were likable and easy to get to know. The style of writing was clear and written at a level that almost any reader can enjoy.
My rating 4/5 stars.