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Review: Welcome to Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily

Series: Grape Merriweather #1Welcome to Sortilege Falls

Title: Welcome to Sortilege Falls

Author: Libby Heily

Publisher: Fire and Ice YA Publishing

Pages: 253

Date of Publication: May 31st, 2016

Rating: 4/5

My 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.


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.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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