Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.

Literary Awards: Booklist Editors’ Choice, Massachusetts Book Award Nominee for Children’s/Young Adult Literature (2009), Kirkus Reviews Best YA book (2008), Cuffie Nominee for Favorite Novel of the Year (2008)



Impossible might be construed as a contemporary book, but the fantasy (and horror) of it far made more of an impression of me. I want my fairy tales to be fluffy and happy, but Impossible turned that upside down! This story reminded me of that freaky character Rumpelstiltskin. Nancy Werlin got no little man for a villain, but rather a sinister Elfin Knight.

It started off as a normal contemp. A prom. A date. A night full of promise. Just as I started getting comfortable, Werlin lashed with her first curveball. Bang! Lucy lost herself after one act of violence. Bang! Bang! Lucy grappled with the worst reality teen girls will have to face. Wow. I did not know things could turn out from worse to worst in a blink of an eye. But it did for Lucy, and oh, how I wept with her. Lucy was not impressionable at the start, but as she learns abou ther family’s curse and what otherworldly power she’s up against, her steel began to show. What she wouldn’t do for her love and her family – that is where her strength lays.

Zach has the strongest, most developed character. He’s denial at the beginning, then funny, then responsible. His resilience and determination to not give up at the most hopeless times is amazing! Do you have someone like Zach? Then you are so very lucky 😉 Leo and Soledad are solid characters, too. I can feel their warmth and love all throughout Lucy’s ordeal.

The idea of three impossible tasks is intriguing but I was not that convinced of how the riddles were solved. I found the fantasy part lacking, but the Elfin Knight sure is creepy. What I love about Impossible is that beneath the fantasy lies the reality that a family is struggling and fighting to survive when tragedy struck (even if it is paranormal).

Impossible is not that perfect but I daresay the weak points compliment the good ones. It is a good read but I don’t want to read it again. Like I said, the Elfin Knight and his vindictiveness creeps me out. Eek.

#15 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

  1. I felt about the same way when I read this a few months ago. There were really good parts, and bad ones, I loved Zach, and the Elfin Knight was incredibly creepy. o.o Not someone I’d ever want to meet!

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