Friday, 21 May 2010
Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin
When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.
The omniscient 3rd person narrator gives insight into all the characters within the story. All of the characters are well developed and their interactions realistic and believable. A real fairytale feel about the plot with the use of the Ballad Scarborough Fair as the basis for the impossible tasks. I really liked the different versions of the song and how the song could be altered to suit the plot.
The female protagonist, Luce/Lucy/Lucinda had a wonderful inner strength and determination that helped her cope with the machinations of the Elfin Knight. The best solution to problems is to deal with them in a logical manner seemed to be epitomised within the narrative.
The strength of the bond between Lucy and Zach is something to be envied even at their young age. The ideal that love can conquer all was magical and added to the fairytale feel of the story.
I loved the way that the family and friends all bonded together and supported each other (even if it is something I personally cannot relate to with my dysfunctional family). The story really does show that anything can be achieved if you have the love and support of people backing you and believing in you :)
Some sensitive issues touched upon within the plot (rape, teen pregnancy and madness) but they were not dealt with in any depth and were used as a way of enhancing the plot rather than as a discussion of these issues.
For me this was a good read, a piece of escapism that I enjoyed even if I couldn't relate to having a non-dysfunctional family unit.